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PTO Ladies Night Out Fundraiser to Feature Randolph H.S. Musical Talent

Alana Levene

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 • 10:56pm

RANDOLPH, NJ - Three musicians with Randolph High School ties will be featured on at the annual “Ladies’ Night Out” fundraiser on March 14.

The featured performers for the night include juniors Jesse Bush and Kelley Guerra, senior Tia Scola, and journalism teacher Jon Zlock. The event itself has been going on for 28 years, the last two at the Hanover Marriott in Whippany. The fundraiser begins at 6 p.m.

Prizes for the traditional and popular grand raffle include diamond earrings, a $1,000 gift card, and flowers for one year. Events this year include a “Tricky Tray”/basket raffle, an Instant Raffle, a Grand Raffle, a 50/50, and a power raffle worth $1,000.   

Profits from this event support programs such as Randolph Township Schools Project Graduation, Teacher Grants, projects for the district, and scholarships for graduating seniors.

“The Randolph PTO Council is thrilled to celebrate the talent of Randolph High School students and the amazing vocals of our RHS Journalism Teacher at our 28th Annual Fundraiser this year,” said Dee Pokorny, PTO Council president. “Tia Scola, Jesse Bush, Kelly Guerra and Jon Zlock will provide the pleasantries of the evening with their musical talents and vocal skills that will round out the evening and provide entertainment to our guests attending this charitable cause.”

Zlock, who lives in Morristown with his wife, Molly, twins Deacon and Harper, and their dog, Jake, has been teaching at Randolph High School since 2008.  He periodically performs for his students and has played local gigs regularly over the last four years.  His music taste covers a multitude of genres, including rock, country, folk and pop.

Zlock was once described by a former band mate as "A writer by trade and musician by heart, JZ is your space cowboy. He is Americana roots meets singer-songwriter, Bill Monroe meets the Dave Matthews, Levon Helm meets the Dixie Chicks, corduroy blazer meets cowboy boot.”

Zlock said of the event, “It’s always a good time and it’s always something I look forward to playing at.  The PTO council and all our PTOs are so supportive of our schools, and Ladies Night Out is a great example of why.  The people are fantastic and the crowd is great.”

In addition to Zlock, RHS juniors Kelley Guerra and Jesse Bush will be performing. Guerra also has performed at the local theatre and Carnegie Hall.  

“We're really excited to do this,” Guerra said of herself and Bush. ”We're always looking for chances to get together and sing.”

Bush and Guerra won the Randolph High School Talent show last year.  Bush had been part of the band "Flashback," partaking in multiple performances, and gaining experience as a performer.  

Bush plays lacrosse and hockey for Randolph High School, in addition to being involved in the drama club and chamber choir.  He will be performing in “Damn Yankees” on Feb. 27.  

Finally, Randolph High School senior Tia Scola will showcase her classic country charisma at Ladies’ Night Out. Scola is an avid performer who writes her own songs, and has performed them at events such as the Randolph Country Fair in addition to many different local venues.  

“I'm excited for this event,” Scola said. “There's a huge crowd… it is a chance to spread my music and maybe have my music make an impact on the listeners.”  

Scola will be attending Belmont University in Nashville starting in fall of 2014 as a songwriting business major.  

The annual Ladies’ Night Out has a history of being a night of enjoyment.  The lively atmosphere attracts several hundreds of people once a year to come together and enjoy entertainment and prizes all for a rewarding cause.  Attendees invariably come out having had a great experience and having gained great memories.

Please click the following link for more information on attending or donating:  http://www.randolphptocouncil.com/

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