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Jun 12, 2019

Family and Children’s Services Annual Fashion Show

By Lori Draz and Maureen Collins

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Members of the Navarumsunk Auxiliary

In early May, 220 fashionable ladies came together at Branches in Long Branch for the Navarumsunk Auxiliary’s 62nd annual Spring Luncheon and fashion show. The $10,000 raised supports Monmouth County’s oldest, private nonprofit social service agency, Family & Children’s Service (FCS) and its programs and services that protect vulnerable adults, provide home care for the frail and elderly, and run school-based volunteer programs designed to promote childhood well-being. FCS is celebrating its 110th anniversary.

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Margery Rice and Marylea Burden, bridge partners for 43 years, try their luck on the baskets.

“This milestone anniversary presents the perfect opportunity to pause, reflect and take pride in the successes of the agency’s journey to date,” FCS CEO Colleen Verriest told the gathering. “For 62 years, the members of the Navarumsunk Auxiliary have volunteered their time and resources to create this very special event to our benefit. We are immensely grateful for their support.”

The annual luncheon featured an on-site shopping boutique by Le Papillon in Rumson, a 50/50 raffle and a chance auction of more than 30 gift baskets. The nonprofit Women’s Exchange Gift Shop of Little Silver was also a vendor, for the second year in a row, selling unique gift items and handmade baby clothing.

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From left: Tiffany Senft, Lynn Whitney, Ursula Atkinson, New Jersey Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso, Esq., Taphy Harcsar, Mary Jane O’Hare, Peeka Tildesley, Vivian Dunigan and Lynne Ward

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.

All the items were available for sale with 20 percent of the proceeds going to FCS.

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FCS Board members

Navarumsunk Auxiliary President Arlene Lospinoso said, “The event brings together old and new friends, many of whom have attended for decades. Whether you are a first-timer or a long-time participant, we are deeply grateful for your support.”

Founded in 1957, the Navarumsunk Auxiliary of FCS adopted its name from the Native American tribe that inhabited the Rumson-Fair Haven peninsula. New members are always welcome. To join or learn more about the Auxiliary’s fundraising events, contact FCS Development Director Diane Gribbin at 732-222-9111 or at developmentinfo@fcsmonmouth.org. To learn more at FCS, visit FCSMonmouth.org.