SOM Gives a Standing Ovation to Fred Profeta

Achieve Foundation and CHS Alumni Assoc. hosted gala to fund CHS auditorium renovation.


The Achieve Foundation and the Columbia High School Alumni Association hosted  a gala evening celebrating the contributions of one of the community's leading citizens and champions, on Saturday, April 20 at Orange Lawn Country Club in South Orange.

The event honored longtime Maplewood resident and former Mayor Fred Profeta and helped fund the Take a Seat (TAS) Campaign, a joint effort of Achieve and the South Orange - Maplewood School District (SOMSD) to restore the historic Columbia High School (CHS) auditorium to its former splendor. The $1.3 million project will upgrade features of the 85-year old performance hall including its seats, sound system, lighting and flooring.

The campaign hopes to raise $350,000 to fill the gap between the $1 million the school district has allotted for the project and the total amount required for the renovation.


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