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    Page Title| Happenings News Stories  2017



    December 14, 2017

    OCVTS NAMES BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP OF THE YEAR
    Jean Sullivian, December 14, 2017

    Broad Ray, LLC President Ray Soehngen, far right, is presented with a plaque of recognition at the OCVTS Board of Education meeting by OCVTS Superintendent William Hoey, Board President Nina Anuario and PAA Principal Karen Homiek.  


     

    OCEAN COUNTY, NEW JERSEY -Ray Soehngen, of Brick, owner and president of Broadway Ray, LLC. has been named the Ocean County Vocational Technical School Business Partnership of the Year, sponsored by the New Jersey Council of County Vocational Technical Schools. ‘Broadway Ray,’ as he is affectionately known, is a retiree of General Electric. Through the GE Foundation Matching Gifts Program he is able to partner with non-profit organizations such as the Ocean County Vocational Technical School’s Performing Arts Academy’s (PAA) Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) to help with fundraising efforts. The Foundation donates matching funds thereby doubling fundraising dollars. Since his retirement, Mr. Soehngen has provided charter bus tours to the New York theater district. The PAA PTSO has partnered with Broadway Ray for several years to run bus trips for Broadway productions. According to PAA Principal Karen Homiek, “Broadway Ray is a great advocate for the Arts. Embracing the PAA PTSO, his bus trips to New York City have given students, parents, and staff the opportunities to attend top-rated Broadway Performances. He in turn, donates a portion of his profit back to the PTSO where our students benefit through scholarships, field trips, guest artists, and supplies needed to enhance student learning in the Arts. Broadway Ray has donated $26,150.00 which culminates into $52,300.00 after the matching of General Electric, Ray’s former employer. We are forever grateful.”

    The Performing Arts Academy is a four year full-time high school designed to provide performing arts curriculum focused in dance, vocal music, and acting, integrated into a rigorous college preparatory academic program. The school exists to provide a unique, nurturing, and challenging learning environment for students living in Ocean County who are gifted in the performing arts. PAA has been designated as a Blue Ribbon School by the US Department of Education. PAA was recognized as an exemplary high performing high school. For more information go to www.ocvts.org.


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