Left to right: Monica Urena, Jocelyn Rojas, Mariela Reyes, Veronica Perez, Itzel Perez and Carlos Aparicio were among the Red Bank Regional students who were present at last year’s Latino Scholarship Fashion Show, and who benefitted from the fundraiser which greatly supplements their college tuition. Volunteers are sought to help run the 2016 show, which takes place on Sunday, February 21 at the Oyster Point Hotel.
“I have my Associates Degree in Psychology and Political Science because I love the community and want to help the people in it. None of this would have been possible without the Andrew Kroon Memorial Scholarship.” Brookdale graduate, Red Bank Regional High School (RBR) alumna and current New Jersey City University Undergraduate student, Itzel Perez.
“Immigrants come to this country to find their dream and to better themselves…. If not for these people, I don’t know where I would be.” Brookdale graduate and RBR alumnus Andres Perez
“I benefited from this wonderful, wonderful opportunity, and thank you for making my academic journey possible.” RBR alumnus, Brookdale graduate and current New Jersey City University undergraduate Carlos Aparicio.
These are three of dozens of grateful Red Bank Regional High School immigrant students who realized their dream of attending college, only because of the generous scholarship provided by the Andrew Kroon Memorial Scholarship for over a decade. One of the main events that support the fund is the Andrew Kroon Memorial Fashion Show, which takes place on Sunday, February 21, 2016, at the Oyster Point Hotel in Red Bank. It features fabulous gift baskets, a 50-50 raffle, an accessories boutique and local shop fashions modeled by RBR students.
Through her work at RBR’s School Based Youth Service Program, Ms. Keller has helped further the dreams and aspirations of the school district’s Latino students. One of her many responsibilities includes administering and fundraising for the Andrew Kroon Memorial Scholarship Fund. In her collaboration with the Latino American Association and the Community Affairs Resource Center, more students are able to achieve their goal of higher education. She also coordinates a mentoring program in the community to help graduates succeed at college and to develop to their full potential.
The Latino American Association of Monmouth County is a non-profit organization established to provide scholarships to college bound students. Several RBR graduates received scholarships at the banquet event, including Veronica Perez, Mariela Reyes, and Jocelyn Rojas.
Last year’s Andrew Kroon Memorial Scholarship winners Veronica Perez and Salvador Tecalero Arenas (center) are flanked by scholarship committee member Chris Rumph and SOURCE Director Suzanne Keller. A fashion show and gift auction to benefit the scholarship will take place on Sunday, February 9, at Buona Sera Restaurant in Red Bank.
Press release from Red Bank Regional High School
As the School-Based Youth Services Program at Red Bank Regional High School, The SOURCE has made it a mission to remove all obstacles that impede students’ academic success, with services that range from quality mental health counseling, to learning support initiatives. The SOURCE also offers scholarship opportunities for all students, and forms alliances with community organizations to garner additional funding for focused scholarships, such as the Andrew Kroon Memorial Scholarship fund.
Operating under the auspices ofThe SOURCE, the fund is helping to make dreams come true through their scholarship program. Founded over ten years ago, this program assists qualifying Latino students at RBR in affording their dream of college.
To benefit the scholarship, the foundation is sponsoring a fashion show and gift auction on Sunday, February 9 from 12 to 3 pm at Buona Sera Restaurant. Tickets are $40 for admission, which includes the fashion show and lunch. Fashions are provided by The Sports Spot in Shrewsbury and Posche Boutique in Rumson. The event also features a 50/50 raffle, raffle basket auction, coffee bar, as well as exquisite one-of-a kind jewelry by LeCharme. For tickets, contact Suzanne Keller, the SOURCE Director, at (732)842-8000 ext. 1236, or email email@example.com.