Fashion Show raises more than $10,000 for local nonprofit

Photo courtesy of Family & Children's Service.
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Photo courtesy of Family & Children's Service.

Guests celebrated the 110th anniversary of Monmouth County’s oldest, private nonprofit social service agency, Family & Children’s Service (FCS), at the Navarumsunk Auxiliary’s 62nd Annual Spring Luncheon on May 8.

The event was held at Branches, 123 Monmouth Road, in West Long Branch.

The event was expected to have raised more than $10,000 to benefit FCS programs and services, including protection for vulnerable adults, home care for the frail and elderly, and school-based volunteer programs designed to promote childhood well-being, according to the organization.

“This milestone anniversary presents the perfect opportunity to pause, reflect and take pride in the successes of the agency’s journey to date,” said Colleen Verriest, FCS chief executive officer, in a prepared statement. “For 62 years, the members of the Navarumsunk Auxiliary have volunteered their time and resources to create this very special event to our benefit. We are immensely grateful for their support.”

The annual fashion show was held and produced by Le Papillon owner Mary Louise Van der Wilden. Volunteer models from the auxiliary, FCS staff and friends modeled designs by Lilly Pulitzer, Gretchen Scott, Judy Connelly and Tyler Boe, according to the organization.

Following the fashion show, New Jersey State Assemblywoman Serna DiMaso (R-13) presented each model with a certificate of recognition, according to the organization.

Navarumsunk Auxiliary President Arlene Lospinoso said the event is a wonderful opportunity to connect with old friends and make new ones. She said some guests have been attending the event for decades.

“I know I speak for the entire Navarumsunk Auxiliary when I say how proud I
am to be part of FCS and its many years of service to our community,”
Lospinoso said in the statement. “Whether you are a first-time lunch-goer or a long-time
participant, please know how grateful we are for your presence here today
and your commitment to those we serve.”