On Friday evening, March 11, 2016 a committed group of Eastern Christian School supporters gathered at the Arcola Country Club for the 7th Annual Scholars Dinner. For seven years now, this dinner has been a major fundraising event helping to make a quality Christian education accessible to many who would otherwise not be able to attend Eastern Christian School.
After sharing h’orderves and enjoying an incredible view of the NYC skyline, the guests were directed to the dining room where Tom Dykhouse, Executive Director and Head of School, welcomed them. Pastor Jeremy Mulder from Restore Church in North Haledon led the group in prayer. Before dinner was served, the guests had an opportunity to watch a video testimony by David Kang, Class of 2009.
Following a delicious dinner Wade Johnson, Class of 2016, introduced his dad, Anthony Johnson, the evening’s guest speaker. Anthony, a reporter and sports anchor at WABC-TV, Eyewitness News in NY spoke about the importance of Christian education and the lasting impact a Christian school teacher had on his life. He spoke of how proud he is of his son, Wade, and the way that Eastern Christian School has impacted him. And he thanked all of those present, for the part they play in making Christian education accessible for so many who otherwise would not have access.
Donna Chrinian, The Foundation for ECSA Chairperson, spoke of the hope that she has for EC’s graduates, based on her personal experience and the way that EC prepared her sons. She challenged those present to generously support the variable tuition program at Eastern Christian School.
The evening was closed by Pastor Rob Parker of The Plant Church in Mahwah who asked those present to stand to demonstrate their support for Eastern Christian School as he closed in prayer.