Mr. Lesher, Mrs. Pomerantz Head United Fund Divisions
WESTFIELD Westfield residents John C. Lesher and Lynne Pomerantz are again heading major divisions for the United Fund’s 1998 campaign. Mr. Lesher returns to chair the Advance Gifts Division, while Mrs. Pomerantz will lead the Major Gifts Division for a second year. “Both Mr. Lesher and Mrs. Pomerantz have demonstrated a great commitment to Westfielders, and we are pleased to have them on board again to head up the 1998 teams,” said Linda Maggio, Executive Director of the United Fund. “Each division is vital to the success of our campaign, and these chairmen will play a critical role in helping us reach this year’s goal of $615,000,” she added. Mr. Lesher, the President of Haverford Realty in New York City, is a 22-year resident of Westfield and a veteran United Fund worker. Assisting him will
be Tom Cassidy, Rick Coltrera, Steve Kendrick, Jr., Steve Kendrick, Sr., John Taylor and Roger Yockel. Originally from Pennsylvania, Mr. Lesher received his undergraduate degree from the University of Scranton and his Master in Business Administration Degree from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a former member of the Westfield Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors and the Westfield Jaycees. He and his wife, Dr. Tina Lesher, a member of the United Fund Board of Trustees, have three children, Melissa, Christian, and Brendan. The Major Gifts Division, chaired by Mrs. Pomerantz, is a segment of the campaign responsible for soliciting do
nations from 800 residents who have previously given from $50 to $150 to the United Fund. Working with her are Adrian Carson, Doreen Ceasrine, Diane Coulson, Susan Devaney, Susan Dunn, Beverly Fantini, Marcia Fisher, Carol Geraghty, Ginger Hardwick, Mary Harries, Patricia Heinbokel, Mary Ann Kent, Linda Isaman, Julie Murphy, Patty Peloso, and
Denise Ricci. Mrs. Pomerantz, a native of Minnesota, has been a resident of Westfield for six years. A graduate of Occidental College, she received her Master of Science Degree from the University of California at Berkeley, and has been employed as a financial services marketing consultant. Mrs. Pomerantz is a past board member of the Musical Club of Westfield and of the Welcome Wagon of Westfield. For four years, she has been a Homework Helper in the after-school program at the Westfield Community Center, a United Fund member agency. She is a member of the United Fund Board of Trustees, and is active in many other local volunteer programs. She and her husband, Steven, have three children, Joseph, 8, Eve, 6, and Rachel, 1˝. “There are 12 divisions in the campaign structure,” explained Mrs. Maggio. “Each division has a dollar goal, and all division goals add up to the overall campaign goal of $615,000. “Mr. Lesher and Mrs. Pomerantz have pledged to surpass their division goals. And they will with the continued generosity of Westfielders and their long standing tradition of response,” she concluded. For information on the United Fund, please call Mrs. Maggio at (908) 2332113.
Gardenaires Club to Present Illustrated Slide Show
SCOTCH PLAINS — At the Wednesday, September 23rd noon meeting of the Gardenaires Club, Mr. Ralph Maiwaldt of Ringoes will present an illustrated slide show of some of his 1,600 varieties of day lilies. He has been the owner and operator of the “Robin Meadow Farm” for the past ten years. He has been collecting lilies for over twenty-five years. Mr. Maiwaldt also has some lovely and unusual rock gardens and plants. He has over 250 types of Hostas, many perennials, and lovely ponds with colorful fish and waterfalls. He is also an avid bird watcher and traveler. Gardenaires is a garden club for women interested in furthering their knowledge of plants and gardening,
CELEBRATING 40 YEARS…The Gardenaires recently celebrated their 40th anniversary at the Scotch Hills Country Club. Past members and past presidents were invited to a “tea” celebration. Pictured from left are: Former member, Charlotte Kovac; Past President, Margaret Mac Pherson; Past President, Charter Member, Mrs. Charles Szymanski; Former member, Jean Farnworth; Past President Mrs. Herbert Sailer, Jr.; and Past President, Mrs. John Reilly.
as well as using, displaying, and enjoying what they grow. The members experiences range from a few house plants to very large gardens. Gardenaires programs include professional guest speakers, lecturers, workshops, trips, shows, community outreach programs, as well as charitable and social events. Gardenaires general meetings are usually held on the fourth Wednesday of each month, at the Scotch Hills Country Club from noon until 3 p.m. The Club meets from September through June and refreshments are served at each meeting. Members may be Scotch Plains residents or from neighboring communities. Women of all age groups are welcome. For any further information please call (908) 754-5160.
Ray Charles Set to Perform At CSH’s Umbrella Gala
MOUNTAINSIDE – Dean R. O’Hare, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Chubb Corporation, has been named Honorary Chairman of the 11th Annual Umbrella Gala to benefit Children’s Specialized Hospital. This year’s event, featuring legendary musician Ray Charles, will be held on Thursday, November 5, at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark. The 11th Annual Umbrella Gala is hosted by CSH and the WB11 Care For Kids Fund, a fund of the Robert R. McCormick Tribune Foundation supporting charitable organizations. Mr. O’Hare is Chairman of the American Insurance Association, a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, and a Trustee of the United States Council for International Business, the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, and the Board of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of
Science and Art, among other affiliations. The Umbrella Gala will include a lavish cocktail party and buffet reception at NJPAC, and will feature “An Evening with Ray Charles” in the center’s Prudential Hall, presented by the Metropolitan Entertainment Group. The Newark Boys Chorus will provide entertainment during the reception. The Advancement Committee for the gala includes Gary W. Whyte of Mountainside and CSH Auxiliary Vice President Lynn Kolterjahn of Westfield. Members of the Planning Committee include Gail Smith, Susan Kaplan, Cathy Loughlin, CSH Westfield Twig II member Mildred Orlando and CSH Auxiliary member Hillary Weldon, all of Westfield. CSH, the state’s only hospital dedicated exclusively to pediatric rehabilitation, treats children and adolescents from birth through 21 years. Their programs include outpatient services, acute rehabilitation, and longterm care through its locations in Mountainside, Fanwood, Toms River, Newark, and Union, as well as outreach programs in many communities. For more information about the Umbrella Gala, please call (908) 301-5445.
PREPARING FOR A GALA…Members of Children’s Specialized Hospital’s Umbrella Gala Committee discuss plans for the Thursday, November 5 event which will feature legendary musician Ray Charles. Pictured, clockwise from bottom left, are: Elizabeth Loland of Westfield, Past President of the CSH Auxiliary and a CSH Foundation Board member; Planning Committee members Susan Kaplan, Cathy Loughlin and Gail Smith, and CSH Foundation board member Robert Todd, all of Westfield, and Anita J. Siegel of Morristown, Chairwoman of the Umbrella Gala’s Planning Committee.
Mr. Bagger’s Office To Be Open Saturday
WESTFIELD — The legislative office of Assemblyman Richard H. Bagger will be open to residents of the 22nd Legislative District from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday, September 19. In addition to regular business hours on weekdays and one Saturday per month, Assemblyman Bagger’s office, located at 203 Elm Street in Westfield, is open from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursdays. The 22nd Legislative District includes Westfield, Scotch Plains, Fanwood and Mountainside, among 13 other towns. Further information may be obtained by calling Assemblyman Bagger’s legislative office at (908) 232-3673.
NJWA to Hold 50/50 Drawing at FestiFall
WESTFIELD In an effort to raise funds to continue its programs and scholarships, the non-profit New Jersey Workshop For The Arts (NJWA) will hold a 50/50 raffle. Tickets cost $1 and will be available at the NJWA office until the drawing this Sunday, September 20, during the annual Westfield FestiFall celebration in downtown Westfield. The rain date for the street fair is the following Sunday, September 27. The drawing will be held at 5:30 p.m. in front of the NJWA office, located at 152 East Broad Street in Westfield. Participants in the 50/50 need not be present to win. The non-profit NJWA offers experiences and training in the arts for preschool children through adults. For further information on the organization’s programs, please call (908) 789-9696.
“PEP” RALLY UNDERSCORES STUDENT PROGRESS…The 135 students who attended the Primary Enrichment Program of the Westfield Public Schools this summer ended their last day with a full-spirited “PEP” Rally. The celebration included songs by the children, distribution of their Poetry Anthologies and presentation of dictionaries. Superintendent of Schools Dr. William J. Foley and School Board President Darielle Walsh are shown here presenting a dictionary to PEP participant John Park. Family members, friends and school principals attended the event. All of the children in the PEP program, which is designed for students entering first, second and third grades in the fall, submitted poems which were printed and bound in a spiral book as a keepsake. The anthology is available to read in the Superintendent’s office and in the office of School/ Community Relations at 302 Elm Street.
Truth often suffers more by the heat of its defenders than from the arguments of its opposers.
– William Penn
Lynne Pomerantz John C. Lesher
Dean R. O’Hare