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Oct 05, 2017

News From Family & Children’s Service

Leading Lights Gala 

Family & Children’s Service (FCS), Monmouth County’s oldest private, nonprofit social service agency, is proud to honor former FCS Board Chair Dolores Klein, longtime board member Donald Bush, and the philanthropic rock group The Docs of Rock at its 2017 FCS Leading Lights Gala on Saturday, October 14 at Navesink Country Club. The honorees, who were announced during a special gala kick-off reception this summer, are being recognized for their tireless advocacy on behalf of the agency, its mission and those they serve.

Honoree Dolores Klein has been a part of the FCS family for 14 years, first volunteering with the FCS Gala Committee in 2001 and quickly ascending to the agency’s board of directors, where she served from 2002-2016, including two years as board chair. A gifted and talented event planner, she chaired the annual gala three times, including its 100th Anniversary Gala Celebration in 2009. As board chair, she was also responsible for successfully shepherding FCS through difficult times in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, ensuring the 108-year-old agency would endure for years to come. Honoree Don Bush recently stepped down from the FCS Board of Directors after nearly 18 years of service. A retired executive with CHUBB insurance, he brought his substantial professional experience while on the board, especially in matters of finance and human relations. He served on the finance, program and strategic planning, and personnel committees and could always be counted on ask the key questions while responding to challenges with wisdom and insight.

The Docs of Rock use their extraordinary talents to raise funds for many Monmouth County non-profits. Made up entirely of doctors, band members include lead guitarist Lawrence Sykoff, Ed.D, headmaster emeritus at Ranney School, orthopedic surgeon and bass guitarist Dr. David Lessing, M.D., dermatologist and drummer Dr. Kenneth Grossman, M.D., and pain management specialist and keyboardist Dr. Scott Woska, M.D.  The four, along with several talented vocalists, perform exclusively at charitable events to raise money for non-profit organizations throughout Monmouth County. Since forming in 2013, the band has helped raise more than $500,000 for community charities, including more than $5,000 for the FCS holiday-giving program, Operation Sleighbells. The funds raised were used to support the program’s operations and to purchase toys, books, winter coats, hats and gloves, gift cards, and infant necessities for approximately 2,000 vulnerable children and their families for the 2016 holiday season.

This year’s gala promises an enjoyable evening of dinner and dancing to the music of New Life Crisis, as well as live and silent auctions. To learn more, email FCS Director of Development Diane Gribbin at or visit

Medicare Assistance

Do you have questions about your Medicare options? Family and Children’s Service (FCS) may be able to help. Medicare Open Enrollment, the period of time when eligible beneficiaries can make changes to their health and prescription drug coverage plans without penalty, begins on October 15. If you have questions about your Medicare options for 2018, contact FCS to schedule a free, confidential appointment with one of their qualified State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) counselors. FCS Director of Volunteer Services Samantha White says counselors don’t provide legal advice or recommend any specific insurance product or provider. “We simply help evaluate the best Medicare and Medicare Part D coverage options to meet your needs. We can also help determine if you may qualify for Medicare Savings, which assists with prescription drug costs and Part B premiums.” To learn more, visit FCS online at or to schedule an appointment, please call FCS at (732) 728-1331.