Pie in the Face for a Great Cause


Clifton High School's Key Club, a service-oriented organization whose goal is to encourage leadership through serving others, is hosting a Pie in the Face contest to benefit Ocean of Love. Ocean of Love is a non-profit which provides direct aid to children with cancer and their families.

Jacqueline Turk, an English teacher at CHS and Key Club advisor, said that they chose this charity because it was such an important support for her own family when young cousin Nicholas was diagnosed with leukemia. "Ocean of Love helped my family so much. They provided gift cards to Shop Rite, co-pays for medical visits, medical and legal resources/information, helped with the Make-a-Wish application that granted him a camper, and even a week at a beach house."

"It is a stellar charity; I know that every penny directly helps the families they serve," she added.

When you donate to this fundraiser, all proceeds go to Ocean of Love...but that's not all! Your donation is also a vote for someone to "win" a pie in the face on Monday, January 30th. The event will be filmed and featured on the CHS morning show for all to see.

Start tallying your grievances and prepare to send a pie to the most deserving person (or people) on the list! The person from each category who brings in the most money will be pied...in the face. Here are the categories and participants:

Sports: Deven Desai (wrestling), Romelo Tables (track and field), Elizabeth Latorre (cheer), Kendall Reed (basketball), Thomas Nicol (hockey), Juna Crawford (dance), and Saleena Boutros (swim).

Clubs: Marlene Mohammad (Muslim Student Assoc.), Krishi Patel (Nat'l Math Honor Soc.), Fatima Elsadig (Academic Decath.), and Deborah Amoh (Key Club).

Student Council: Albaraa Gebril (SCA president), Marri Gebril (junior), Jonas Arias (senior), and Lamarr Olive (freshman).

Security: Mr. Boyd, Mr. Mike, Miss Jessica, Mr. Shackil, Mr. Rocky, and Mr. John.

Staff: Mr. O'Reilly, Ms. Angomas, Mr. Fahy, Mr. Stuart, Mr. Marmorstein, Ms. Talmudge, Mr. Figueroa, Ms. Turk, Ms. Windt, Ms. Hospod, Ms. Taylor, Ms. Cinque & Coach Gryszkin, Ms. Carofine & Mr. Vitiello, Mr. Ewais, Ms. Murphy, and Ms. Huster.

Principals: Mr. Hamdeh, Mr. Wacha, Mr. Kosior, Mr. Keegan, and Ms. Schnepf.

Superintendents: Dr. Robertozzi, Ms. Kusielewicz, and Mr. Gengaro.

Board of Education: Mr. Abedrabbo and Mr. Paris.

Are you ready to do some good and get someone pied in the face? Send your donation (you choose the amount - biggest earner gets pied) to Ms. Turk and name the person you want to see pied. For an additional $5 donation, you can also enter a raffle to be the pie thrower (for CHS staff and students only)! The deadline is January 28th and donations can be sent via:

Venmo: @Jacqui-Turk

Cash App: $JacquiTurk

PayPal: @lillyTurk

You can also email Ms. Turk at jturk@cliftonschools.net with any questions.

All monies will be donated in honor of Nicholas Arvanitis and in loving memory of Anne Marie Gaccione (former CHS teacher), Steven Meck (former CHS teacher who participated in Pie in the Face every year), and Gianna Mecca (sister of CHS teacher Mr. Mecca).

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