50th Anniversary Gala and Benefit A Great Success!

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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 we 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 in how business is conducted, one 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 Stout, and 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                   
Tula Yoga                                                  Voice Next                               
Chiropractic Naturally                        Gallo’s Wine Cellar               
Cocoa Exchange                                     U Frame It                               
Healing Globe                                         Gerber Salon                                  
Mosaic Spa and Salon                          Becoming Sound
European Wax  Center                       
Pampered Chef
Tiffani’s Vintage Closet                       AMF Bowling
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 Builders
Wainscot Media Waitt Funeral Home Profysio Physical Therapy BlueRock Energy
CareOne of Holmdel 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 Agency
Tiffani’s Vintage
        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

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!!