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Ms. Rajoppi’s Golf Outing Helps Children With AIDS

Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi recently donated $3,600 to the AIDS Resource Foundation for Children. The donation represents a portion of the proceeds raised at the Joanne Rajoppi Annual Golf Outing held in June. The funds will be used for St. Clare's Home for Children located in Elizabeth and operated by the Foundation for children and their families who are coping with the impact of HIV/AIDS.

Co-founders of the Foundation, Dr. Terrence Zealand and Faye Zealand, said the home which has been opened since 1987 serves infants and toddlers in a home-like atmosphere. Referrals to St. Clare's are made through the Division of Youth and Family Services, hospitals and the community.

Children are referred to St. Clare's for placement because of the illness or death of a parent, inability of a parent to care for the child either temporarily or permanently, the child is a "boarder baby" or because of the temporary hospitalization of a parent.

"We're delighted," County Clerk Rajoppi said, "to make a substantial donation to the AIDS Resource Foundation. Their work and advocacy on behalf of children is well-known and has made a positive contribution in the lives of many young children, their families and the community at-large."

Ms. Rajoppi said that this year's golf outing was the most successful in its five-year history. "It's a testimony to the AIDS Resource Foundation and the work they are doing that there was such an overwhelming response from our golfers," she concluded.

The AIDS Resource Foundation also operates Haller House, located in Newark, to provide supportive services to families. In addition, the Foundation operates St. Clare's in Jersey City and St. Clare's in Neptune.

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