Proceeds from event will go toward supporting student enrichment

By Lianna Bass

WALL TOWNSHIP — On Friday, Jan, 30, the 6th Annual Comedy Night for Old Mill School earned the school over $4,000 to aid in student enrichment activities.

The event, which was held at Spring Lake Manor, was organized by Old Mill Home and School, Old Mill’s Parent-Teacher Organization [PTO]. The Comedy Night is one of the PTO’s most ambitious annual fundraisers.

“We ended up making over $4,000 that will be used towards the Old Mill students for things like assemblies, class trips and improvements to the playground,” Old Mill Comedy Night Committee Chairperson Holly Toth said.

On top of raising money for the school, Ms. Toth said she believes the night was a great success because it gave parents and teachers an opportunity to get together and interact.

“We want to get the parents and teachers out together and let them have fun in a social environment,” Ms. Toth said.

The night started off with an hour of live acoustic music from local musician Steve Johnson. Afterward, the crowd enjoyed the comedic stylings of Joey Kola and Richie Byrne, two local comedians.

“I laughed so hard I cried the whole night,” Ms. Toth said.


morgan campbell THE COAST STAR Amy Pomerantz [left] and Dana Valentine, both of Wall Township, were in attendance at Spring Lake Manor on Friday, Jan. 30 for the 6th Annual Comedy Night for Old Mill School. The annual fundraiser earned the school over $4,000 to aid in student enrichment activities, including assemblies, class trips, and improvements to the school’s playground. Photo by MORGAN CAMPBELL, STAR NEWS GROUP



Ms. Toth said she and other organizers were extremely grateful to the many businesses who showcased their generosity through contributing to the night’s gift auction.

On top of providing a venue for the evening’s festivities, Spring Lake Manor, 415 Route 71, Spring Lake Heights, donated a fully catered dinner event for 12 people at a person’s home.

“John and Jeanine at [Spring Lake Manor] were so accommodating and helped to make our event a true success,” Ms. Toth said.

The Quin Hotel, located on West 57th Street in New York City, donated a two night stay in a one-bedroom suite with breakfast daily. Dominick’s Pizza, Wall, donated a catered Italian feast to one lucky winner.

Businesses that contributed to gift auction included: Allaire Community Farm, Wall, Arrow Limousine, Red Bank, Barlow Flower Farm, Wall, Campgaw Ski Mountain, Mahwah, Ceci Nails, Wall, Cluck U Chicken, Drew’s Market, Spring Lake Heights, East Coast Glo, Spring Lake, Femme by Ashley, Red Bank, Fins Tropicali Cuisine, Hand & Stone, Impact Martial Arts, Warren, J. Michael Hair Salon, Wall, and Jenkinson’s Aquarium, Point Pleasant Beach.

Also, Jersey Mike’s, Wall, Jesse’s Fruit Bar, Spring Lake, Joe Joe’s Pizza, Spring Lake, Joe Leone’s, Point Pleasant Beach, Joe’s Pizzeria, Wall, Lakewood Blueclaws, Massage Envy, Miles Ahead Sports, Wall, New Brunswick’s Historic State Theatre, New York Red Bulls, St. Stephen’s Green Publick House, Spring Lake, Sumo Hibachi, Wall, Sundaes The Ice Cream Place, Wall, The Atlantic Club, The Mill, Spring Lake, The Molly Pitcher Inn, Red Bank, Turning Point, Vic’s Italian Restaurant, Bradley Beach, Village Coffee, Wall, Dairy Queen, PJ’s Car Wash, Wall, Wall Township Recreation and Walt Disney World.

The PTO would like to engage in more fundraising opportunities moving forward, members said.