LONG BRANCH, NJ - More than 200 guests turned out to view the latest spring fashions and raise money for Monmouth County's oldest, private nonprofit, Family & Children's Service (FCS), at the Navarumsunk Auxiliary's 61st Annual Spring Luncheon, Wednesday, May 9 at Branches in Long Branch.
The event is expected to raise $10,000 to benefit FCS programs and services, including protection for vulnerable adults, home care for the frail and elderly and school-based volunteer programs designed to promote childhood well-being.
"As we approach our 110th year as an agency, we are proud of our successes addressing the difficult issues of aging, homelessness, respite and health care," FCS CEO Delly Beekman told the gathering. "We are especially grateful to the Auxiliary members for their generosity in support of these goals throughout the years. They remain an integral part of our Mission and Vision to strengthen, protect and preserve the dignity and independence of people in need."
The annual luncheon, which started as a small poolside fashion show at a member's home in 1957, has evolved into a major fundraising event featuring an on-site shopping boutique by Le Papillon in Rumson, a 50-50 raffle and a chance auction of 40 gift baskets containing dozens of luxury gift items and wines. This year for the first time, the nonprofit Women's Exchange Gift Shop of Little Silver was also a vendor, selling unique gift items and handmade baby clothing. A portion of their sales will benefit FCS.
As in past years, the highlight of the Luncheon was the fashion show hosted and produced by Le Papillon owner Mary Louise Van der Wilden. Volunteer models from the auxiliary, FCS staff and friends moved about the room, sporting designs by well-known designers such as Lilly Pulitzer, Gretchen Scott, Judy Connelly and Tyler Boe.
"Beach wraps are very popular this spring," Mary Louise informed the crowd, as she expertly described the outfits and accessories worn by every model.
All the items were available for sale in the store's special on-site boutique and 20% of the day's proceeds went directly to FCS.
Navarumsunk Auxiliary President Arlene Lospinoso says the event is a wonderful opportunity to connect with dear, old friends, and make new ones.
PHOTO: Members of the Navarumsunk Auxiliary of FCS
Some of the guests have been coming for decades.
"The outfits may change throughout the years," Arlene explains, "but the goal is always the same; to raise money and support the agency in its effort to help people at challenging times in their lives."
Founded in 1957, the Navarumsunk Auxiliary of FCS adopted its name from the Native American tribe that inhabited the Rumson-Fair Haven peninsula.
Today's nearly 30 members are always seeking new ones! If you are interested in joining or for more information about the Auxiliary's fundraising events, contact FCS Development Director Diane Gribbin at 732-222-9111 or at email@example.com.
About Family & Children's Service
Family & Children's Service (FCS) strengthens, protects and preserves the dignity and independence of people in need. With 109 years of history, FCS is the oldest, private nonprofit social service agency in Monmouth County and a leading volunteer organization. Our Mission is to provide compassionate care, intervention and education to support people at challenging times in their lives. We accomplish this through more than a dozen programs focused on the needs of multiple at-risk populations,
including: Adult Protective Services; Jersey Assistance for Community Caregivers (JACC); Healthy Buddies, an intergenerational childhood obesity prevention program; Home Care Services and Homecare Grant Assistance; Medicare Application Assistance Program (MAAP); Operation Sleighbells, a holiday giving program for children; Reading Buddies, an in-school childhood literacy program; Representative Payee, a financial management program for people with physical, mental health and developmental disabilities; Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP); Statewide Respite Care; State Health Insurance Program (SHIP), a Medicare counseling service; Telephone Reassurance and the Thrift Boutique. Learn more at www.fcsmonmouth.org.