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A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION The Westfield Leader and THE TIMES of Scotch Plains - Fanwood Thursday, March 2, 2000 Page 7

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SCOTCH PLAINS — The Scotch Plains Lions Club will present an allyoucaneat pancake breakfast on Sunday, March 12, from 8 a. m. until 12: 30 p. m. at the Scotch Hills Country Club on Jerusalem Road and Plainfield Avenue in Scotch Plains.

Pancakes, sausage, ham and eggs, juice and coffee will be available. All proceeds will go towards the organization’s Blind Fund.

Admission is $5 and free for children under age 6. Tickets may be purchased at the door or from a member.

For further information, please call Ron Kelly, Pancake Breakfast Chairman, at (908) 7538218.

Rotary to Hold Pancake Day Saturday at Westfield High

WESTFIELD — The Rotary Club of Westfield will hold its annual Pancake Day and Children’s Fair on Saturday, March 4, in Westfield High School cafeteria, between 8 a. m. and 2 p. m.

For a nominal donation, the public in invited to attend the event which will include a meal of pancakes, eggs and sausages, and entertainment featuring a variety of school and community musical groups.

The entertainment for Pancake Day is as follows:

· 8: 30 — 9 a. m. – Roosevelt School Choral.

· 9 – 9: 30 a. m. Elementary Musicians.

· 9: 30 – 10 a. m. – Westfield High School Jazz Band.

· 10 – 10: 30 a. m. – Edison Intermediate School Jazz Ensemble.

· 10: 30 – 11 a. m. – Elementary Musicians.

· 11 – noon – Dixie All Stars (Westfield Community Band)

· Noon 12: 30 p. m. – Roosevelt Intermediate School Strings.

The Children’s Fair will provide activities for youngsters and baked

goods for sale. All proceeds will benefit the Rotary. Tickets may be obtained from any Rotarian or at the door on the day of the event.

Mr. Vivian to Discuss Hereditary Societies

WESTFIELD – The Genealogical Society of the West Fields will present a program on “Hereditary Societies” on Thursday, March 9, at 1 p. m. in the Meeting Room of the Westfield Memorial Library, 550 East Broad Street in Westfield.

The program will be presented by Westfield resident Robert Vivian, who will discuss many of the approximately 200 such organizations which have existed in this country in large numbers for more than 100 years. The Societies and Orders include hereditary, participatory and military groups, as well as various combinations of these organizations.

A questionandanswer period will follow and light refreshments will be served. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Westfield Old Guard Posts Program Topics for March

Tax Help Locations Revealed For Senior Citizens, Others

AREA — Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Union County and Community Access Unlimited are continuing their Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program for senior citizens, individuals with disabilities and lowincome residents of Union County.

Location days and hours for VITA assistance are as follow:

Clark — Clark Nursing Home, Westfield Avenue and Raritan Road, Wednesdays by appointment, (732) 3967100.

Elizabeth — Elizabeth Library, Broad Street. WalkIn, Saturdays, 9 a. m. to noon.

Elizabeth — Community Access Unlimited, 80 West Grand Street. Mondays and Wednesdays by ap pointment, 9 a. m. to 1 p. m., (908)

3543040, extension no. 319. Elizabeth — PSE& G Service Center, Newark Avenue. WalkIn/ Appointment, Tuesdays from 9 a. m. to 4 p. m.

Rahway — Senior Citizen Annex, 1306 Esterbrook Avenue. By appointment. (732) 8272030.

Union — Bierteumphel Center, 2155 Morris Avenue. Thursdays from 9 a. m. to 3 p. m., by appointment. (908) 6867887.

Vauxhall (Union) — Vauxhall Library, 333 Russell Street. Tuesdays from 10: 30 a. m. to 1: 30 p. m., by appointment. (908) 8515451.

For additional information, please call Laurie Ludmer at (908) 3543040, extension no. 319. WESTFIELD — The Westfield

Area Old Guard, an organization for retired and semiretired men, has announced its programs for Thursdays in March. They are as follow:

March 2 – “Alphorn and Bugles,” with Dr. Theodore Schlosberg of The New Jersey Workshop for the Arts.

March 9 – “Old Clocks,” with Art Morash.

March 16 – “Pruning Shrubs,” with Eleanor Gural of Master Gardeners of Union County.

March 23 – “Side By Siders,” a Cranford area women’s choral group.

March 30 – “Color Imaging,” with Dr. William Thornton.

The Westfield Area Old Guard, organized in 1933, meets every Thurs day at 10 a. m. in the Westfield Y,

located at 220 Clark Street in Westfield. The chapter also serves Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Mountainside, Cranford, Clark, Roselle, Roselle Park, Kenilworth, Springfield, Garwood and Rahway.

Weekly meetings feature guest speakers, films and other programs, in addition to committee updates.

There are also regular group activities such as golf, bowling, bridge, day trips, luncheons, ladies’ events, the Merrymen (a chorus group that performs regularly at charity functions, public gatherings and formal concerts) and shuffleboard.

For more information, please call Robert Broadwell at (908) 2325150 or Roy Bowman at (908) 3768299.

GUEST SPEAKER… Westfield Police Chief Anthony J. Scutti, center, greets members of the Westfield Area Old Guard during his February 17 appearance at a chapter meeting to discuss the history of the Westfield Police Department. Joining him are Robert Broadwell, left, Director of the Old Guard chapter, and Roy Bowman, Assistant Director.

More Community News on Page 17 Annual Auction Raises More Than $60,000

To Assist Those Living With HIVAIDS By DEBORAH MADISON

Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times

WESTFIELD — Where could you go to find a Dr. Seuss, handpainted bar stool for under $200? Or a poster from the Broadway show Fosse

signed by the entire cast? Only at the 12th Annual AIDS Benefit Auction at Temple EmanuEl in Westfield, which took place last Saturday night.

Among the other great, oneofakind treasures were Norman Rockwell plates, Lenox crystal, Ralph Lauren drinking glasses, and Royal Doulton china.

All of the items were donated by private individuals, businesses and corporations to the AIDS Benefit Committee of New Jersey (ABCNJ), which sponsors the yearly event. Numerous volunteers, including students of The Pingry School and the temple’s Youth Group, donated their time to organizing and working at the event.

Founded by John DeMarco of Plainfield, President Emeritus of the organization, the ABCNJ sponsors

the auction to raise funds for a variety of assistance programs designed to improve the quality of life for people with AIDS or the HIV virus and their families.

Last year’s auction raised approximately $60,000, which was distributed to The Healing Community at Fairview Lake, The Eric Johnson House, The Law Project, Hyacinth Foundation, Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center and Rainbow House, to name just a few of the organizations assisted by the funds.

AIDS Benefit Committee President Michael Kenny said he hoped that this year’s event, attended by approximately 210 guests, would top that amount.

“The wonderful thing about working with this organization is that all of the people involved are volunteers and every cent goes toward helping those in need,” Mr. Kenny explained.

Also sponsored by the ABCNJ, the John DeMarco Humanitarian Award is presented at the annual event. In honor of Mr. DeMarco’s lifelong

contributions to the cause of helping HIV and AIDS victims, the award is given to an organization, corporation or individual who has demonstrated outstanding service to those affected by the disease.

This year’s award went to Mary Inzana, Chief Executive Officer and founder of Rainbow House in Trenton. Rainbow House, which started up in 1990, is a support home for pregnant or parenting teenagers with HIV or AIDS who are in need of assistance.

Addressing the audience, Ms. Inzana recounted the life of a 19yearold pregnant mother with AIDS who had no where else to turn.

“Besides proper prenatal care, we found a loving adoptive family for her baby when she became too ill to care for the baby herself,” Ms. Inzana said with tears in her eyes.

“She passed away knowing she was loved and that her child would be well cared for, which we consider a happy, not a sad, ending,” Ms. Inzana added.

The evening’s festivities began at 6 p. m. as guests feasted on a sumptuous buffet catered by Richfield Regency of Verona, which included salmon pate, pasta with vodka sauce, Thai chicken and many other delectable international dishes.

Guests were serenaded by the piano music of Joseph Regan from Edison, while the entire auditorium was lavishly decorated with designer balloon sculptures created by Janet Haggerty of Serendipity Designs. Ms. Haggerty, a certified balloon artist, is known for her giant, signature balloon sculpture in the shape of the AIDS ribbon.

Local attorney Jon Bramick, who has been voted the funniest lawyer in the state by the New Jersey Bar Association, returned for his seventh year as Auctioneer for the event.

Mr. Bramnick’s adept auctioneer skills have enticed many guests to return to the fundraiser year after year. He inspired laughter and fervent bidding with his quick wit.

“The silk fairy tutu and wings go so nicely with your black turtleneck, Sir. Won’t you raise the bid to $90?” Mr. Bramnick asked.

Other items up for grabs included business services such as a hair coloring by Louis Licaro at his prestigious Fifth Avenue hair salon in Manhattan; brunch for four at Windows on The World in New York City; babysitting or an evening of bagpipes, comedy or sailing.

The auction was followed by dessert, a raffle prize of over $4,000 and a door prize of one night at the Pierre Hotel overlooking Central Park and six hours of limousine service in the city.

Mr. Kenny reported that the proceeds raised more than $60,000 as hoped for.

“We’re very pleased with the generosity of our guests and the commitment of our volunteer staff,” he commented.

Mr. DeMarco expressed the need for more research and more quality of life improvements for HIV and AIDS patients.

“Almost everyone knows someone with HIV or AIDS, so the stigma is lessening, especially in regards to the misperception of this being just a gay disease,” he stated.

“We have a long way to go in terms of stemming the rising fatalities and new cases, particularly among teenage heterosexuals,” he noted.

PICKING A WINNER… Helen Walton, a board member with the AIDS Benefit Committee of New Jersey (ABCNJ), draws the winning door prize entry for one night at Manhattan’s Pierre Hotel and six hours of limousine service during the ABCNJ’s 12th Annual Benefit Auction last Saturday at Temple EmanuEl in Westfield. Pictured at left is fellow board member Paul Orlando. CARE AND COMPASSION… Michael Kenny, President of the AIDS Benefit

Committee of New Jersey, presents the second annual John DeMarco Humanitarian Award during Saturday’s benefit to Mary Inzana, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Life Ties and Rainbow House, two programs which assist individuals coping with AIDS or HIV infection and their families.

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