May 13, 2019

  • For Immediate Release

    Media Contact:
    Jared Rumage 732.758.1507


    Red Bank, NJ – 2019 –

    The Red Bank Borough Education Foundation (RBBEF) supports Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) related educational experiences for the Pre-K to 8 children of the Red Bank Borough Public Schools. Over the past five years, the RBBEF has played an integral role in the outstanding growth demonstrated by the Red Bank students through student achievement outcomes and as recognized by the NJDOE, which designated the school district “high-performing” in January. The RBBEF supports the children in a variety of ways including field trips, assembly programs, and hands-on, interactive classroom experiences. With a robust arts program in the schools, the Foundation has also provided violins to assist with the increase in participation. Technology plays a large role in daily instruction and as the District strives to be Future Ready certified the RBBEF provides Chromebooks and Chromebook carts to enhance our 1:1 Chromebook program in Grades 2 through 8.

    The RBBEF is led by Susan Berke of Red Bank who serves as President. The Executive Board includes Ed Zipprich, Vice President, Barbara Boas, Secretary, and Hazim Yassin, Treasurer. Additionally, many other community members work to support this organization on a regular basis including members of the Board of Education, parents of students, and several Red Bank residents interested in giving back to their community. “The RBBEF Executive Board members are the most enthusiastic cheerleaders for our public school students and their teachers” said Ed Zipprich, Vice President. “Since RBBEF’s founding in 2008, each of our board members have worked hard to raise awareness of the foundation’s mission in the Red Bank business community. Organizations like Red Bank River Center, along with individual businesses, have all contributed generously to help the foundation achieve its fundraising goals” he continued.

    The main fundraisers for the RBBEF are the RBBEF Casino Night held at the Elks Lodge in Red Bank each Fall and the Spring 50/50 raffle which is drawn annually at the PTO International Night held at Red Bank Primary School. International Night is one of the biggest events of the year for the Red Bank Borough Public Schools and is filled with fun, food, and family as well as performances and amazing student projects. This year’s event will take place from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, May 17, 2019. One of the last parts of the evening will be the drawing of the RBBEF Spring 50/50. Participants do not need to be present to win and tickets can be purchased at Monies raised from this raffle will go directly to support the continuation and expansion of arts programs at all grade levels including concert band, strings, chorus, visual arts, and the use of creative teaching strategies throughout all content areas. Creative teaching strategies are the core focus of a Collective Impact titled #mindALIGNED which is spearheaded by the Count Basie Center for the Arts and of which the Red Bank Borough Public Schools are a founding a partner along with several other schools districts throughout Monmouth and Ocean counties.

    The RBBEF Casino Night is already scheduled for the fall of 2019. The event will be held on Friday, November 1, 2019 at the Red Bank Elks Lodge #233 on Front Street. The 2018 event was a huge success and the Foundation is a hosting an event to thank the many supporters and donors of Casino Night. The event will be held at the newly opened T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, June 10, 2019. The RBBEF is excited for this opportunity to thank our supporters and show
    them how their donations inspire our students to Dream BIG.

    Thanks to the Triggiano family of Red Bank, another great opportunity to support the RBBEF and arts programs in the Red Bank Borough Public Schools will be held on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at The Downtown at 10 West Front Street in Red Bank from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. The event will include live music and all proceeds will directly benefit our band and orchestra (See more details below).

    “The RBBEF plays a pivotal role in supplementing STEAM-related experiences for our students which helps alleviate some of the challenges of being a drastically underfunded school district,” stated Dr. Jared Rumage, Superintendent of Schools. “It really is a blessing to have such strong community support from so many different people and the RBBEF certainly leads the way.”


    Red Bank, NJ – May 13, 2019 –

    The Foundation is a charitable 501(c)(3) organization. Donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
    All proceeds are directed exclusively to the implementation of the Foundation’s goals.