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Jewish Family Services President Mit-chell Gurwicz, left, Chef Luke Palladino and JFS past president Eric Wood attended the group’s seventh annual cocktail party last month at Palladino’s restaurant in Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City.

JFS Diamond event

Nearly 200 guests helped raise almost $45,000 for Jewish Family Services of Atlantic and Cape May Counties at the "Diamonds for a Cause" event Feb. 27. The Seventh Annual Cocktail Party was held at Luke Palladino in Harrah's Resort in Atlantic City.

The event was co-chaired by Claudia and Eric Goldberg and Farah and Michael Burns. Primary corporate sponsors were Fox Rothschild, Burns Property Group, Atlantic City Linen Supply, Margaret and Howard Goldberg, and Andrea and David Goldberg. The event included a cooking demonstration by Luke Palladino and whiskey tasting compliments of Bootleggers. Raffle prizes included diamond hoop earrings from Bernie Robbins Jewelers, a Harbor Pines golf outing and a Caesars getaway package.

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For more information about Jewish Family Service programs, events and services, contact 609-822-1108 or visit

CarFit program for seniors

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Center on Successful Aging and Stockton mobility experts will host a CarFit safety program to help older drivers get the best fit in their driver seats from 10 a.m. to

2 p.m. Saturday at the college's Parkway Building at 10 W. Jimmie Leeds Road in Galloway Township.

Stockton students led by Kimberly Furphy, program director of the Stockton Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program, will conduct CarFit 12-point checklists that include correct position of the driver's seat, driver's ability to easily reach pedals and proper adjustment of mirrors.

Registration is required by visiting the center website at or calling 609-626-3591.

The rain date for the event is April 19, in Parking Lot 5 of the Stockton Galloway campus.

YMCA plans expansion

The YMCA of Vineland has begun a new capital campaign called "Together Building a Stronger Community." The campaign focuses on two major construction projects, a Family Multi-Purpose Center and a Family Health and Adventure Center.

The campaign co-chairs are Ginger Chase and Ken Dondero, both current board members and former board presidents. So far, $150,000 has been raised toward the goal of $500,000.

Construction is expected to begin by late summer. For more details call George Steinbronn Jr., the YMCA's CEO, at

856-691-0030, ext. 305.

MBCA Mixer raises $2,000

The Metropolitan Business & Citizens Association held its Annual Winter Charity Mixer on March 10 at Sofia Restaurant in Margate. The event raised $2,000 for Seashore Gardens Living Center in Galloway Township. Martin Klein, president of the center, accepted the donation. The mixer was sponsored by AtlantiCare and supported by MBCA Members.

Gas customers give $11,000

Customer donations of $1 on their South Jersey Gas bills has generated almost $11,000 for the Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation School Counts Scholarship Fund. The funds will provide $750 scholarships to full-time students and $500 to part-time students who present a School Counts certificate from their high school.

To earn a School Counts certificate, students must maintain a minimum "C" average in all academic courses, an attendance and punctuality record of 95 percent and complete high school in eight consecutive semesters. To learn more about the School Counts program, visit

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