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50th Anniversary Gala and Benefit a Successful Night!

50th Anniversary Gala and Benefit for Right Your Life and K.E.Y.S Academy Recovery High School Partnership… a great night!

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Our 50th Anniversary Gala and Benefit for Right Your Life and the K.E.Y.S Academy Recovery High School Partnership was held on Thursday, June 14, at MJ’s Buttonwood Manor.
With the weather delivering a beautiful spring day, we were pleased to see a wonderful turnout of support as nearly 200 people gathered at MJ’s Buttonwood Manor.  There were artists out on the patio showcasing their beautiful work to all the attendees as they started to arrive.  The cocktail hour provided opportunities for everyone to meet and mingle prior to the start of dinner. When dinner was served, we began the order of the night with the installation of our board of directors, two of whom were coming back for another 3-year term; Jeff Pantelas and Brenda LoDrago and one who will be joining us for his first 3-year term; Michael Grandi.   We also thanked two outgoing directors; Jackie Berman and Joe Hymowitz who completed their terms on the board and are grateful for all that they have done on our behalf.
We had two people speak at the dinner.  First, Kathleen Loures was introduced and delivered a message reminding all of us of the purpose of Right Your Life and what K.E.Y.S Academy Recovery High School is doing for its students.  Later in the evening, a look at our past was delivered by Martha Vogt, past president of the Chamber, who said that despite changes in technology and how business is conducted, one unchanged fundamental point was that the Chamber still provides opportunities for people to engage in face to face conversations where trust and collaboration are still critical to the growth of a business.  We then ended the presentations by calling up our legacy members and award recipients.  The evening ended with a large group of people dancing to the music provided by Adam Saber Event Entertainment while others enjoyed the digital photo booth on display that was provided by Milestone Photo Booth Rentals.
We must extend our gratitude to MJ’s Buttonwood for their help and great service before and during the event.  Their staff was top-notch, the food was delicious, a cake beautifully decorated and a gorgeous room in which to celebrate.

Thank you to Adam Saber, Adam Saber Event Entertainment for doing a fantastic job providing the music and sound,
to Shayn Satten, Milestone Photo Booth Rentals for providing the fun photo booth
to Suzanne Vreeland for the time spent taking all the wonderful photos throughout the event
to David Sokoler, Merandex Technology Solutions for the digital ads and photo displayed during the night.
We were so pleased with how much all of you added to the success of the night.

We are so grateful as well to the anniversary committee members;
Karen Azzarello, Paula Agneta-Holt, Marjorie Benhamou, Mike Bruno, Andrea Harrison, Kathleen Loures, Sandra Palermo, Shayn Satten, and Steven Russell for their help in planning this event,
to the Chamber Board of Directors for supporting and contributing time, donations and sponsorships for the gala.
Thank you to Aberdeen Township Mayor Fred Tagliarini and Matawan Borough Mayor, Joe Altomonte for helping us with the installation and presentation of two special awards and to the Aberdeen and Matawan Councils that attended.
We also want to thank the state legislators from District 12 & 13 for their sponsorship and proclamations and to Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso, Assemblyman Rob Clifton for their presence at the event.
Thank you to former Lt. Governor, Kim Guadagno for supporting and attending the event
to Freeholder John Curly for attending and for bringing a special proclamation for K.E.Y.S Academy Recovery High School Partnership.
Thank you too, to Brookdale Community College President, David Stoutand staff
MARSD Superintendent Jay Majka and the staff
Board of Education members of MARSD and K.E.Y.S Academy
Right Your Life for your immense support and presence at the gala.  We extend our gratitude to Kathleen Loures, Right Your Life for giving us tremendous time, support, energy, and ideas during the planning and setting up of the event but most importantly for shedding light on the need and immeasurable benefits of  supporting recovery and the hope that the Right Your Life programs and K.E.Y.S Academy Recovery High School Partnership are delivering every day to youth and families in the recovery process.
Thank to as well to the following businesses that gave us gift certificates, basket items or baskets for our silent auction:

Pure Barre                                                Bart’s Restaurant                                     Tiffani’s Vintage Closet
Tula Yoga                                                  Voice Next                                                    European Wax  Center
Chiropractic Naturally                        Gallo’s Wine Cellar                                   Pampered Chef
Cocoa Exchange                                     U Frame It                                                    AMF Bowling
Healing Globe                                         Gerber Salon                                               Becoming Sound
Mosaic Spa and Salon                          Hand and Stone Massage & Facial Spa

Here are our sponsors that we wish to thank:

Atrium Health & Senior
Living of Matawan
   District 12 & 13  State                                 Legislators      Calta Tax and Financial                             Services          Stone Creek
Wainscot Media    Waitt Funeral Home                     Profysio
           Physical Therapy
   BlueRock Energy
CareOne of
     ConnectOne, Holmdel           Bedle Funeral Home    Dante Alighieri Society
of Central Jersey
  Grounds Keeper, Inc    Livoti’s Old World Market       McDonald’s of Aberdeen       The Ross Maghan

Vintage Closet
        Quality 1st Basement                Van Rixoort
              Marketing LLC

A.  Scotto Restaurant
& Pizzeria
          Bart’s Restaurant         Isaacson Orthodontics
Marjorie Benhamou’s Avon     & the Golden Stars Team

The Edge of Matawan

Complete Travel Planners

Congratulations to our Award Recipients:
Atrium Health & Senior Living of Matawan–  Distinguished Business of the Year

Jeffrey Carpenter – Distinguished Business Person of the Year

Riina Van Rixoort – Chamber Member of the Year

Lucille daCosta – Chamber Directors Special Recognition Award
Dr. Marie Swanson – Chamber President’s Special Recognition Award
Tom Roman, Quality 1st Basement – Spirit of Aberdeen Award
Florin & Meghan Lupu, Maloney’s  Pub & Grill – Spirit of Matawan Award
Right Your Life & Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District– Excellence in Community Service                                                                                      Bayshore EMS – Public Service Special Recognition Award

Shown here are the many images taken by Suzanne Vreeland that captured the essence of the evening.  Please be sure to visit her website or contact her to talk to her further about the photos.  Enjoy!!

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