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Wish Upon A Star, or WISH, is a long-standing tradition at St. Rose and our BIGGEST fundraiser for the school. This event is a cocktail/light dinner celebration. In addition to the cocktails and light fare, there is a Silent Auction, 50/50, Lucky Draw, Grand Raffle and more!

FAQs: All About WISH

How can I get involved?

Please help us by asking businesses you patronize, and friends & family to support us by purchasing sponsorship, Grand Raffle tickets or by donating a gift in kind.

When is WISH?

Sunday, June 13, 2021, from  4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where is WISH held?

Essex County Country Club, 350 Mt. Pleasant Ave in West Orange, NJ

Who attends WISH?

ALL ADULTS are welcome! We encourage everyone to invite family and friends! This is the perfect time to gather support and show how proud we are of our school! (Please note the evening is an ADULT ONLY event).

What is the attire?

Cocktail attire.

Will there be food and drinks?

Cocktails, wine, beer, light fare and dessert are served during event.

Can I buy tickets the night of the event?

Tickets are available to purchase now or on the night of the event.

What should I bring with me?

CASH, credit cards and checks. All are accepted!!

What types of gift items are in the baskets?

Generous family donations historically have included electronics, fashion accessories, purses, small appliances, teacher led excursions, theatre tickets, gift certificates to restaurants and hair salons...the prizes are incredible!

What is a WISH Party all about?

WISH parties are sponsored by one or more school families, and typically have a theme (e.g., 90s party, Christmas). Sign up to attend a party, usually $60 a person (kids' parties are less), and the proceeds go to St. Rose. Parties are a great way to meet other SRLA parents!

How should I prepare for WISH?

Please be sure to book your sitter for Sunday, June 13th! Also, if you’d like to support the event, please have any donations in by June 2nd.

What types of donations are you requesting from each family?

We are requesting each family make a contribution by selling their two books of Grand Raffle tickets (at no cost to you), making a gift basket donation, monetary donation, sponsor a teacher or volunteering at the event.

Where do I register to attend?

You can purchase your tickets now!

Still have questions?

Contact Andrea Mansfield at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Grand Raffle

The annual Grand Raffle is one of our most important (and easiest!) fundraisers. This year, we are striving for 100% participation among our school families. Sell tickets to your family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers—and don’t forget to purchase a few for yourself! Tickets are $10 each, or $100 for a book of 10 tickets. Each ticket will be entered for a chance to win one of three cash prizes:

Grand Prize $1500
2nd Prize $1000
3rd Prize $500

Ticket holders need not be present to win!

You can purchase tickets through Smart, and pass the link along to family and friends! 

Remember to complete a ticket stub for each ticket purchased and return all ticket stubs to the school office, Attn: Catherine Pieroni.

The winning ticket will be drawn at Wish Upon A Star on Sunday, June 13! Contact Catherine Pieroni at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Silent Auction

This year our family donations are more important than ever. With so many local retailers and restaurants struggling, we are going to be relying on the support of our families. Please take a look at our wish list if you'd like to make a gift donation to support this year's Silent Auction.

For more information on donating to the Silent Auction, please contact Rosemary Mattson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Lucky Draw

The WISH Lucky Draw raffle features prizes valued between $25 and $100, consisting of donated goods, services, or gift cards. Past favorites have included family portraits by local photographers and gift certificates for spa services. 

Rather than soliciting donations from local businesses that may have been hit hard this year, we are asking our school families for help. We all learned how to stockpile, and may have done it so well that there are unopened items at home that would make a great donation! New, unopened goods, like toys, electronics, or jewelry would make a great prize, and smaller items can be combined into a themed basket.

Lucky Draw is also a perfect way to support our beloved local businesses—please consider purchasing and donating a gift card for your favorite restaurant, shop, or salon. Or, if you work for a business that can offer goods or services, please donate! Wish is a great advertising opportunity and attracts loyal, local customers!

If you are interested in donating to Lucky Draw, please reach out to Connie LaPolla (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Michelle Morrisroe (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Lizzie Gilligan (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) no later than May 28th. 

Sponsorship & Matching Gifts

WISH Sponsors generously donate cash funds that go directly toward offsetting the Academy’s operating budget. Our Sponsors include car dealerships, dry cleaners, contractors, restaurants, realtors, dentists and doctors, dance and gymnastics studios, auto repair shops, and financial advisors. We’re lucky to count so many businesses, large and small, among our loyal supporters, but we’re always looking for ways to reach new donors.

If you have any personal connections to businesses that might be interested in donating to SRLA, please let us know! It could be your business or employer, a store or eatery where your family is a loyal customer, or a provider of services to your home or office. WISH is also a great opportunity to take advantage of matching gift programs that many companies offer when employees make eligible donations. To ensure the donation is listed in our bid book we are asking for submissions by June 1st.

For more information on WISH Sponsorships, please contact Allison Smith, Sponsorship Chair, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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St. Rose of Lima Academy

Principal: Tina Underwood, Ed.S.
52 Short Hills Avenue
Short Hills, New Jersey 07078
Phone: 973-379-3973
Fax: 973-379-3722



National Blue Ribbon School



St. Rose of Lima Parish

Pastor: Father Robert Harahan

50 Short Hills Ave
Short Hills, NJ 07078

Phone: 973-379-3912 
Fax: 973-379-6157 

Website: http://www.stroseshorthills.org