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Jan 11, 2018

20th Annual Cocktail Party Benefits a Child’s Place School Scholarship Fund

ACPSF board attendees: Kathy Berkowitz (ACP director), Susan Wien (ACP teacher), Jan Spak, Amy Monahan, Nicole Laub (ACPSF past president), Elaine Athanasiou, Emily Kuskin, and Rebecca Baretz (ACPSF president)

Upstairs at The Downtown in Red Bank provided an atmospheric and comfortable venue for a “speakeasy,” which was the theme of the annual major fundraising event of the A Child’s Place Scholarship Fund held on December 2. The event was attended by approximately 100 parents, staff, and supporters of A Child’s Place School in Lincroft.

Event chair Amanda Munice, Rebecca Baretz (ACPSF president), Emily Kuskin (ACPSF board member), Nicole Laub (ACPSF past president), and a committee of enthusiastic volunteers put long hours into creating an evening of fun and relaxation. The attendees showed their appreciation through their generosity, ensuring that more families will receive financial help to be able to give their children the gift of attending A Child’s Place School.

The live auction generated much activity and laughter, aided once again by the enthusiastic and comedic auctioneers, Mariano DiFabio and Amy Monahan, both parents of A Child’s Place School. In addition to the Wine Ring-Toss game, balloons containing prizes were sold at the door. At the end of the evening, a mass balloon-popping was held to reveal valuable gift certificates, delighting the crowd. The photo booth recorded many memories of an evening well spent with friends old and new, while the blackjack table enabled winners to convert their chips into tickets for a chance to win the outstanding raffle baskets.

Since its inception in 1990, the A Child’s Place Scholarship Fund has raised more than $550,000 to help local families send their children to the school.  A Child’s Place is a school for young children ages three to seven years old. More information may be found at