UWMOC’s Women United Hosts Casino Night


Left to right: Women United member Nancy Mazza, Maureen Clare of OceanFirst Bank, and Susan Collin of Ronald McDonald House at the 2016 Casino Night fundraiser.

United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties’ Women United is hosting a Casino Night on Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 6 to 10:30 p.m. at the Shadowbrook at Shrewsbury, located at 1 Obre Place in Shrewsbury, NJ. The event is sponsored by the Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation, Patricia and Carl Howard, OceanFirst Bank and Optum360.

Enjoy an evening of your favorite casino games, buffet dinner, open bar and an exciting gift auction, featuring a weekend getaway at Minerals Resort & Spa and The Perfect Broadway Package including show tickets, dinner and car service. “This is a great event where you can make a difference in your community while having fun and possibly taking home a prize or two,” said Kelly Fliller, Co-Chair of Women United. The event will benefit United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties’ work in Early Grade Reading. “Funds raised at Casino Night will enable us to support more programs that help children read to learn—instead of learning to read—by the fourth grade,” Kelly said.

“Women United is a phenomenal group of women who are making an impact in the community, specifically with the Early Grade Reading initiative. We support this initiative through summer reading and enrichment opportunities for children with limited or no access to books. This helps combat the summer slide and close the learning gap that can happen in the summer months,” said Patricia Howard, a United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties Board member and Chair of Women United.

Women United has raised over $100,000 since the group was formed in 2014. Funds have enabled two additional classrooms of students to attend the Horizons at Rumson Country Day School program, keeping more Red Bank children engaged and learning over the summer break.  Three literacy specialists have been provided for the Horizons at Rumson Country Day School and Red Bank Primary School summer programs to provide reading instruction to students who need the most intervention. Summer literacy program activities at the YMCA of Western Monmouth County have been enhanced with the addition of a Smart Board, which offers access to educational websites, powerful assessment software and teacher-made materials tailored to a class’s needs.

Tickets for Casino Night are $135 each and include $100 in play money, open bar, buffet dinner and dessert. Reservations and payment, as well as sponsorship opportunities, are accepted online until October 5th at www.WUCasinoNight2017.eventbrite.com.

For more information about Casino Night or Women United, please visit www.uwmoc.org/WomenUnited or contact Carolee Oross at 848-206-2035 or coross@uwmoc.org.

About United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties
United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties mobilizes donors, volunteers and community partners to improve the lives of youth and their families. The organization works to ensure that every child is successful, every family is financially stable, and every community it serves is stronger. To learn more about United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, please visit uwmoc.org.