Long Branch, – Cooler temperatures and rainy skies didn’t prevent nearly 200 enthusiastic guests from attending the 54th Annual Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show hosted by the Navarumsunk Auxiliary, Wednesday, May 4, at Branches in . Despite the wintry weather, the predominantly female crowd enjoyed a festive “spring” afternoon of food and fashion while raising thousands of dollars for Family & Children’s Service (FCS), Monmouth county’s oldest non-profit agency.
The annual fundraiser began more than fifty years ago as a small poolside summer fashion show and has grown to include residents from across . Vincent L. D’Elia, president & CEO of FCS, says proceeds from the fashion show and the auxiliary’s annual bridge tournament help the agency carry out its important mission to serve people at vulnerable times in their lives.
Jane O'Hare, Rumson, models an outfit from Le Papillon's spring collection during the Navarumsunk Auxiliary's 54th Annual Luncheon and Fashion Show.
“We are very grateful to the auxiliary for its continued support of FCS,” D’Elia said. “Throughout the years, they have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for FCS, benefiting untold numbers of individuals and families in need.”
This year’s luncheon, organized by auxiliary members Pam Tanis of Holmdel and Elizabeth Moody Schmalz Ferguson of Colts Neck, included a fashion boutique, 50/50 raffle and a chance auction with dozens of personal beauty, spa and home decor gift baskets.
Always a highlight of the afternoon, the fashion show, provided by Le Papillon boutique in Rumson, featured a collection of the latest spring jackets, purses, scarves and accessories designed to complement the basic black, white or ivory wardrobe. Assisted by Le Papillon staff, the models, mostly auxiliary members and FCS staff, moved through the dining room, modeling the collection to the delight of the guests. All items were for sale, with a portion of the proceeds going to FCS.
For the first time, luncheon guests left with a party favor – a wrapped chocolate chip cookie provided by the local Panera Bakery Café. Panera Bread has designated FCS its Operation Dough-Nation® partner in 2010 and 2011, pledging thousands of dollars in support through its Community Breadbox ™ program. A number of other local merchants, including , Flaky Tart, Guaranteed Plants, Jersey Shore Coffee Roasters, Mosaic Spa, Portraits by the Ocean, Sickles Market, Thompson Memorial Home and Write Impressions, also contributed to the event.
Founded in 1957, the Navarumsunk Auxiliary adopted its name from the Native American tribe that inhabited the Rumson Fair Haven peninsula. The auxiliary is always looking for new members and the luncheon is a great way to get acquainted with the organization and its dedicated volunteers. For more information contact Diane Gribbin at 732-222-9111 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.