Bloomfield Charity Gala Raises More Money than Year Before
Second annual fundraiser draws 300 guests to The Manor in West Orange
Donations are still trickling in, but the second annual Bloomfield Charity Gala netted as much as $30,000 in donations Wednesday night.
The 300 guests, including host Mayor Raymond McCarthy, Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-11) and State Assemblyman Ralph R. Caputo, chipped in the night's raffle for prizes including dinner to Fascinos in Montclair and The Manor, as well as a New York Jets jersey signed by quarterback Tim Tebow which raised $1,000, the mayor said.
"I'm just impressed of people's generosity," McCarthy said Thursday.
The fundraiser, held at The Manor in West Orange, collected even more money than last year's $20,000. The money will soon be divided and donated to Bloomfield organizations that benefit residents, like Bloomfield police social services, the Neighbor-to-Neighbor program, local food banks, assistance with individual family utility bills and the United Way of Bloomfield.
Last year, the United Way of Bloomfield received $12,500 and the Bloomfield Municipal Alliance, The Bethel Community Development Rehoboth Food Pantry & Meal Center and Neighbor-to-Neighbor Network earned $2,500 each.
Three members of the Bloomfield community were also honored Wednesday night:
- Woman of the Year: Paula Peikes, Bloomfield Human Services Department
- Man of the Year : Neil Greenstein, Owner of Brookdale ShopRite
- Business of the Year : Provident Bank, Regional Manager First Vice President George Celentano