Friends and supporters put on their holiday best for the annual RAINE Foundation Gala charitable fundraiser Friday night. The Hazlet-based charity brightens the holidays for thousands of children along the Bayshore and beyond.
Guests paid $100 per ticket for the sparkly Dec. 6 cocktail party at Jacques Catering in North Middletown. They also purchased chances to win a huge variety of prizes and services donated to the organization. There was food and drink and the band kept the dance floor full.
New this year were awards, accompanied by video stories. Honored for their commitment and service to RAINE’s mission were: ‘Drops of RAINE’ student leader Casandra Auletta of Hazlet, now attending NJIT; BCB Bayshore Community Bank and steadfast supporters officers Paul Coughlin and Holly Schult; Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden, who has provided behind-the-scenes officers and vehicles for Christmas delivery; and longtime RAINE leader Garry Foltz of Buhler car dealership in Hazlet, who has given generously of his time and resources to the charity and the community. They each received standing ovations.
At this time of year, the all-volunteer army organized by The RAINE Foundation in Hazlet rolls up its sleeves and labors long hours to provide a warm Thanksgiving dinner and magical Christmas experience for thousands of children on the Bayshore. Some families are in financial need. Some are in the worst crisis of their lives. RAINE responds every time, to every child, said co-founder Patti Dickens.
“Children will change our world, and we get to see it, every single day. I’m so proud to be a part of this organization. We make a difference, every single day,” she said.