2017-2018 – Inspire and Shine!
On March 2, 2018, the EFLS returned to the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel in Asbury Park for its “Inspire and Shine!” annual fundraiser event. Despite a lower turnout than usual due to a significant late winter snowstorm that night, the EFLS nonetheless raised well over $100,000. Those who were unable to navigate the treacherous weather were still able to contribute by bidding via smartphones on auction items throughout the evening! Pictures from this event can be found at this link.
2016-2017 – Dream Big!
On March 24, 2017, the EFLS said Greetings to Asbury Park with its annual fundraiser event at the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel called “Dream Big!” The event raised over $100,000 to fund technology needs in Little Silver’s schools. Culinary heights were hit with a grilled cheese station and, for those who stayed until the wee morning hours, Johnny’s Pork Roll truck! Pictures from this event can be found at this link.
2015-2016 – EFLS is Turning 21!
On March 4, 2016, the EFLS turned 21 in style with its 2016 annual fundraiser “EFLS is Turning 21!” Brian Kirk and the Jirks returned to the Ocean Place Hotel in Long Branch for a 2nd straight year. All pictures from EFLS’ 21st birthday have been omitted from our website to protect the innocent!
2014-2015 – Celebrate 20 Years of EFLS!
On March 6, 2015, the EFLS celebrated 20 years of bringing technology to Little Silver schools with its 2015 annual fundraiser “Celebrate 20 Years of EFLS!” The entertainment lineup included renowned Jersey Shore band Brian Kirk and the Jirks as well as award-winning mentalist and mind-reader Asi Wind. Pictures from this event can be found at this link.
2013-2014 – Little Silver’s Got Talent!
On March 21, 2014, the Little Silver community gathered together for the EFLS annual fundraiser “Little Silver’s Got Talent!” Raising nearly $70,000, the event featured performances by both Little Silver parents and teachers. Ultimately, the evening’s competition was won by the musical duo “Honey and the Badger”, performed by Dave Ballard and Laura Deykerhoff. Many thanks to all the musicians, dancers, and (yes!) hula hoopers all who put on a fabulous show. Further thanks to our emcee, Bob Perry, our talent show judges, our event sponsors, and all those who attended this special night! Pictures from this event can be found at this link.
2012-2013 – Dancing With The Stars
On March 8, 2013, “Dancing With The Stars” took place at the Shadowbrook and raised nearly $60,000 for technology in our schools. The event featured a dance-off between seven couples, comprised of Little Silver parents and teachers. The pairs worked with local dance studios to choreograph original dance numbers, which they performed for all in attendance. The competition was fierce, but Tabitha and Joe Pia took home the silver ball trophy that night. “Dancing With The Stars” also featured a performance by the RBR Academy of Visual and Performing Arts dance team, a Live and Silent Auction, music by “The Haven”, an open bar, and amazing food. The EFLS appreciates all who came out that night to support the event. Special thanks to our sponsors and our “cast” of talented dancers, judges (Bob Neff, LB Kass, and Amy Byrnes), and emcees (Chris Smith and Bettina Forbes).
- Kara and Jamie Raymond – Dance Plus, Little Silver
- Jennifer and John Borenius – Dance Mixx Studio, Shrewsbury
- Carolyn and Eric Wasserfall – Fred Astaire Dance Studio, Red Bank
- Lori and Bill Lopez – Kick Dance Studio, Fair Haven
- Tabitha and Joe Pia – Fred Astaire Dance Studio, Red Bank
- Kristen and Gregg Galante – Kathryn Barnett School of Dance, Red Bank
- Julie Ford and Sami Strauss – South Street Salsa, Marlboro
2011-2012 – Silver Chef Throw Down
On November 18, 2011, the EFLS hosted the “Silver Chef Throw Down” at McLoone’s Rum Runner in Sea Bright. The fundraiser featured an “Iron Chef” like competition between Little Silver teachers, Tim Russoniello and Kim Christman, and executive chef Joe Racioppi of McLoone’s Pier House. Samples of each team’s dishes were passed through the crowd, and the cook-off ended in a tie. The big winners were Little Silver’s schools, which benefited from the nearly $50,000 raised that evening. In addition to the competition, the event featured a silent auction, a prize-filled trivia challenge, live music, and endless trays of food samples. The EFLS extends its thanks to the Little Silver community, sponsors, and attendees for their generous support of the “Silver Chef Throw Down”! Special thanks to our talented chefs, emcees Farley Boyle and Chris Smith, and keynote speaker Manoj Narang.