â€œSay Wes, I just came across a wonderful idea.â€, I remarked to Wes Van Pelt, the Board of Education Secretary. We had bumped into each other at the Bergen Mall, then Paramusâ€™ major shopping center. That was the beginning of what has become an annual scholarship fundraising event.
I had come across the idea of having churches and organizations contributing an act each and donating the monies to scholarship. Wes translated it into the PT Council which consisted of all the PTA and PTOâ€™s in town. With his suggestion, I appeared before the Council with the germ of an idea. They liked it. Superintendent of Schools George Hodgins approved it and assigned Memorial School principal, Bill Dunn as his representative.