3rd Annual Adult Dinner Dance

3rd Annual Adult Dinner Dance

Thank you to all who attended our fundraiser on January 19, 2018

Cynthia Colalillo, Christine Mongelli & John Krenzel

2018 SRFEE Honorees Christine Mongelli, John Krenzel & Cynthia Colalillo

SRFEE would also like to Thank the following sponsors for our event program:

B & W Construction Co. of NJ, Inc. Utility Contractors | South River, NJ

S. Batata Construction | Parlin, NJ | www.sbatataconstruction.com

La Femme Salon & Spa | South River, NJ 08882 | 732.432.0024 | Like on Facebook

Campozino | South River, NJ 08882  | www.campozinosr.com

A & P Home Improvement, LLC | South River, NJ 08882 | 732-789-8771

Dr. Kenneth Band http://kbanddentistry.com/

South River Democratic Organization | South River, NJ 08882

The Fisherman http://www.portuguesefisherman.com/

Golden East Garden Chinese Restaurant | East Brunswick, NJ 08816 | 732-257-3737

John M. Krenzel | Attorney at Law | 732-651-1100

Danielle Oswald, Rodan + Fields http://www.joindanielle.com

South River Republican Organization | South River, NJ 08882

Globus Electric Inc. | Electrical Contractors | John Brodzicki – VP Field Operation | 973-923-0400

A. Takton Concrete Corp. | Old Bridge, NJ

Vera Silva C.I.C. | Volk Insurance | Parlin, NJ | www.volkinsurance.com

2018 Honoree- Christine Mongelli

Christine Mongelli

Christine Mongelli has been a special education teacher at South River Elementary School for the past seven years. She is a life-long resident of South River and has been giving back to the community for many years. She has been an active member in the athletic department, from volunteering to coaching sports including basketball, soccer, and track.

Christine was one of the first teachers to embrace our mission to complete an application for an SRFEE Mini-grant which she received for her special-education students. She then encouraged other teachers to apply as well. She used the grant for a community based instruction trip for her students. Last year, she played an important role in promoting our dinner dance to the rest of the staff. The result was an entire table of teachers were able to be recognized and thanked for their dedication and service.

This year, she volunteered and recruited others to participate in our first-ever Harlem Wizards fundraiser to help us promote and achieve our mission for the South River School District. Christine Mongelli is excited to give back to the community she was raised in and will always be a RAM!

2018 Honoree – Cynthia Colalillo

Cynthia Colalillo

Cyndi Colalillo grew up in South River and graduated from South River High School in 1975. She attended Glassboro State College and graduated with honors in 1979. On September 1st of that same year, Cyndi began teaching in South River, where she also coached field hockey and cheerleading in the early 80s and 90s.

Cyndi’s other accomplishments include having chaired the committee for Special Olympics which took place every spring at Thompson Park in Jamesburg, and taking a seat on the Middlesex County Professional Development Committee for several years. She also served as an Achievement Coach for the district, worked closely with NJEA as the lead person for the NJEA Priority Schools Initiative, and was named Teacher of the Year in 2006. From 2006-2017, Cyndi served as the South River Education Association President/Co-President.

Since 2002, Cyndi was the District Coach for the Fast ForWord program (Scientific Learning Company). In November of 2016 Cyndi’s school became a National Reference Site, which entails being nationally recognized as a school to visit to see how well the program is utilized. Her biggest accomplishment as an educator was being a devoted teacher to her hundreds of students, with whom she has attended many important milestones in their lives – marriages, babies, etc. That is what she is most proud of!

Cyndi is excited to start the next Chapter in her life, spending more time with husband Pete, daughters, Genevieve and Amy, Thomas Devlin and Vincent, and her sweet grandson Dominic Vincenzo Quaglieri. Her heart will always hold a special place for South River!

2018 Honoree – John Krenzel

John Krenzel

Although born in New Brunswick 60 years ago. John Krenzel has lived in South River all his life. He attended his parish church’s elementary school and South River High School. From there he attended Rutgers University, majoring in Political Science and Business Administration. From there it was to Seton Hall University School of Law and a life as an attorney, practicing mostly from offices in Sayreville.

Always involved in religious and civic organizations, Mayor Krenzel is a lector in church, belongs to St. Mary’s Holy Name Society, the Knights of Columbus, the Lions Club in Sayreville and, of course, Mayor since 2012. Mayor Krenzel has always believed that one of the pillars of a successful life is having a good education. The Bernadine sisters that taught at Saint Mary’s School believed in a teaching the basics. That belief was taken up by his high school teachers. Along with reading, writing and arithmetic, science, social studies, history and language were added. Without a good foundation, a person has a very hard time in life.

But this cannot be done just by the teachers, or even the Board of Education. Support for education must be given by the entire town. It is true: it takes a village to raise a child. Support for organizations like the South River Foundation for Educational Excellence is key. Mayor Krenzel supports SRFEE and hopes that the entire town will support their good work.

2017 “Apple” of My Eye

Available for purchase ONLY at Back to School Night

Apple of My Eye “Apple” of my Eye Contest

Primary/Elementary SchoolsThe Apple Of My Eye contest.  There will be “Apples” (appliqués) available to be purchased ($1.00 ea) and personalized for the students. Parents, Grandparents, other relatives and friends are encouraged to purchase at least one “Apple” for their student(s). They will be placed on their desks for them to see the following morning.    The class with the most “Apples” wins the contest.

Harlem Wizards Fundraiser


Sunday, October 29th, 2017 | Tip-off @ 1pm | South River HS GYM

The Harlem Wizards have a unique mission: create awe-inspiring events throughout the country. At a Wizards game, fans will witness amazing basketball talent combined with hilarious comedy. Its two hours of family time where parents, grandparents, and kids can all laugh together. When you’ re in the stands, you’ re more than a spectator; you’ re part of the show with loads of audience participation. Throughout the game, fans will experience a magical display of tricks, coordinated ball handling, fancy passing and aerodynamic athleticism combined with high-energy comedy and audience interaction. The experience can only be summed up in two words: Awe-Inspiring!

SRFEE Honors Three Individuals

Michael J. Pfister, Superintendent of South River School District, Rui Baptista, Owner of the Ria Mar Bar & Restaurant in South River, Marc D. Binder, Owner of Marc D. Binder, CPA
SRFEE 2017 Honorees Michael Pfister (left), Rui Baptista (center), Marc Binder (right)

January 20th, 2017 – 2nd Annual Adult Dinner Dance

As we came together as a community for a second year in a row…we are thankful and humbled by the support we have received as an organization.

The South River Foundation for Educational Excellence held their 2nd Annual Adult Dinner Dance Fundraiser on Friday, January 20, 2017 at 7pm.  This is the 2nd Annual Event that was a fun-filled evening of dinner, drinks, dancing & raffles.

Prior to the festivities beginning that evening, 3 distinguished guests were honored.

Michael J. Pfister, Superintendent of the South River School District

Mr. Michael Pfister is our school superintendent.  He has been supportive of our organization since its planning stages.   He always facilitates the communication of our initiatives, activities, and successes through the school district and the community.  To learn more about the South River School District – please visit www.srivernj.org.

Marc D. Binder, Owner of Marc D. Binder, CPA

Mr. Marc Binder is our CPA.  He has graciously provided his accounting services pro bono.  His professional advice is priceless to our organization.  To get some great tax tips and advice, please visit www.bindercpa.com.

Rui Baptista, Owner of the Ria Mar Bar & Restaurant

Mr. Rui Baptista is known to all.  He is always gracious with his facility so that we can hold our much needed fundraisers.  He is supportive of the SRFEE, our school district, faculty, organizations, parents, and students.  To learn more about the beautiful Ria Mar – please visit www.ria-mar.com.

SRFEE would also like to Thank the following sponsors for our event program:

ShopRite http://www.shoprite.com/member_saker/

Golden East Garden Restaurant

La Tavola Cucina http://latavolacucinanj.com/

Yuhas Plumbing & Heating

CME Associates http://www.cmeusa1.com/


The Fisherman http://www.portuguesefisherman.com/

B & W Construction Co. of NJ, Inc. Utility Contractors | South River, NJ

Volk Insurance http://www.volkinsurance.com/

Vera Silva C.I.C. | Parlin, NJ

Danielle Oswald, Rodan + Fields http://www.joindanielle.com

Studio Creations http://studiocreationsllc.com/

A. Takton Concrete Corp. | Old Bridge, NJ

Dr. Kenneth Band http://kbanddentistry.com/

DF Mason LLC | South River, NJ

S. Batata Construction | Parlin, NJ

Sports Memorabilia Raffle Homecoming 2016

Sports Memorabilia Raffle Homecoming 2016

Sports Memorabilia kept safe in the shed.
Sports Memorabilia kept safe in the shed.

It was a cold, blustery rainy day on the morning of October 22, 2016.  The members of the South River Foundation for Educational Excellence set up shop in the shed just near the concession stand at Denny Stadium in South River, NJ.  We did this to keep the memorabilia items that were being raffled off safe from the wind and rain that was a fixture of the South River Homecoming Game for 2016.

Despite the rain and wind, EVERYONE was in such great spirits as we awaited the arrival of the Homecoming Parade, led by the Grand Marshall our very own Drew Pearson.  Thank you to Drew Pearson & Joe Theismann who so graciously donated autographed memorabilia to help raise funds for our organization.

SRFEE Thanks all who entered the raffle and we congratulate the winners!