Giving Back Briefs: Luncheon raises funds for Gilda's Club and other news of the volunteer community

Masterpiece Advertising President Phyllis Lacca, Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan and Bill McCullough of McCullough Models at Gilda’s Club South Jersey’s 9th Annual ‘Movers. Shakers. Difference Makers’ luncheon.

Luncheon for Gilda's Club

The 9th Annual "Movers. Shakers. Difference Makers" luncheon Sept. 12 at the Palm Restaurant in Atlantic City was a sellout for the ninth consecutive year, raising more than $60,000 for Gilda's Club South Jersey.

"The Palm feels privileged to be able to provide our services as the host for such a wonderful charity event," said Palm General Manager Paul Sandler, who also served as co-chair and donated restaurant services for the luncheon.

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Cape Bank was named the recipient of the organization's 2013 "Good Guy/Good Gal" Award. The Cape Bank Charitable Foundation presented a $25,000 donation to Gilda's Club South Jersey.

Gilda's Club South Jersey paid a special tribute to Jim and Patti Lees, naming the couple honorary co-chairs for the event. Joining the Lees and Sandler as co-chairs were Masterpiece Advertising President Phyllis Lacca and Bill McCullough of McCullough Models.

Cape Regional pledge

Cape Counseling Services has pledged $50,000 to support the new Behavioral Health Unit at Cape Regional Medical Center in Cape May Court House. Greg Speed, CEO of Cape Counseling Services, presented the first installment of $25,000 on Sept. 12 to Joanne Carrocino, president and CEO at Cape Regional Medical Center and Deborah Baehser, vice president of patient services.

Speed thanked Dr. Domenic Coletta, Emergency Department medical director at Cape Regional Medical Center and Baehser for their advocacy and commitment to improving psychiatric services for the residents of Cape May County. The Behavioral Health Unit is a five-bed area, four of which are separated by a partial wall and curtain. The fifth bay is a private room that, with a doctor's order, can provide necessary seclusion and safety. There is a nurses' station, patient restroom and consultation room in the unit.

"The Unit has clearly been a tremendous enhancement to the way crisis psychiatric services are provided," Speed said.

Foundation scholarships

The Marty Wilson Jr. Art & Music Foundation awarded Justin Peruzzi, of Northfield, and Jody Salani, of Mays Landing, as the winners of the foundation's 2013 Art & Music Scholarship. Each received $1,500 at the Foundation's annual Harvest Brunch fundraiser on Sept. 29th at Quaremba Hall, adjacent to St. Michael's Church in Atlantic City.

Peruzzi is a 2013 graduate of Mainland Regional High School and is currently enrolled at the University of Virginia with a double major in music and engineering. Salani is a 2013 graduate of Holy Spirit High School and currently attends Drexel University where he is majoring in music at the Westphal College of Media Arts and Design.

The Marty Wilson Jr. Art & Music Foundation Inc.provides funding for art and music programs for youth within Atlantic County. For more information on the foundation, the scholarship criteria, and upcoming events go to

Golf tournament fundraiser

The 59th Annual D. Allen Stretch Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament, held June 5 at Harbor Pines Golf Club in Egg Harbor Township, raised more than $120,000 for Shore Medical Center, a record in the tournament's 59-year history.

Hosted by the Shore Medical Center Auxiliary and presented by Ocean City Home Bank, this year's event attracted 206 golfers who competed for a variety of prizes at the Harbor Pines course. The tournament is named for former Shore Medical Center board member and local businessman D. Allen Stretch Jr. For more information about the Auxiliary and its work, call 609-653-4646 or visit

Pumpkin sale

Central United Methodist Church on Shore Road in Linwood is again operating its Pumpkin Patch, selling pumpkins to raise money for youth mission programs.

More than 2,500 pumpkins were grown by the Navajo Nation in New Mexico and the Pumpkin Patch at Central United Methodist Church as part of a national interfaith network that utilizes pumpkins to support ministry programs.

Prices range from 50 cents to about $40. Pumpkins will sold daily from about 8:30 a.m. until dark.

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