– The Morris Educational
Foundation is pleased to announce that it’s annual talent show held at
Mayo Performing Arts Center on February 26 spotlighting the best
amateur talent form Morristown, Morris Plains and Morris Township
raised over $70,000 in 2014, a 40% increase over prior year.
Sixteen finalists performed to a nearly sold-out theater and there was much excitetment
as event attendees walked the red carpet this year with Master of Cermonies
Morristown-resident Tara Bernie, senior producer for NBC’s Access Hollywood and
Access Hollywood LIVE. “The Morris Educational Foundation is a integral part of the Morris School District and this fund raising event will further the Foundation’s ability to distribute financial and other resources to and for the Morris School District. We are so pleased to have raised the most ever, over $70,000, in Morristown’s Got Talent history” said Molly Servais, Chair of the Board of the Morris Educational Foundation.
First place went to Morristown’s High School’s own Sara Dalpe, Valerie Bai, and Jordan
Rabinowitz, who together are a high school coffeehouse favorite: Band of Misfits. They
performed Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good” to take home the grand prize of $1,000.
Second place of $500 went to Marimba Four, featuring percussionists Stephen Ferm
and Emily Carvalho, both form Morristown High School, along with Reed Puleo and Neil McNulty. The four friends played on one marimba, often simultaneously.
Third place of $250 went to Joe Van Loon and Chris DelSordi, who have been friends
since their senior year at Seton Hall Prep and are now taking a break from their studies
at music conservatories. Their winning number was jazz standard “Autmn Leaves” with
Chris on guitar and Joe singing. Mill Creek Residential, currently building a modern, luxurious apartment community neighboring Morristown High School, was the lead sponsor for the show. Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center and Honeywell were Headline Sponsors for the event. “The Morris Educational Foundation is grateful to the seventeen sponsors who made the evening possible, along with our wonderful community who came out to see the show” said Kim Pistner, MEF Board Member and Chairperson of the Morristown’s Got Talent Committee. “A special thank you to the tireless efforts of our MEF volunteers!”
The MEF thanks all its generous sponsors, playbill advertisers, and everyone who
bought a ticket. Each and every dollar raised by the Morris Educational Foundation’s
MGT show will go back to our schools and the students. The strength of the Morris
School District paves the way for the strength of our community.