Gala Raises $64,000 For Crisis Hotline

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WESTFIELD—CONTACT We Care, the 24-hour caring and crisis hotline serving New Jersey, celebrated 34 years of soothing souls and saving lives, and raised more than $64,000 for the hotline at its Gala 2009 fundraiser on Oct. 29 at the Primavera Regency in Stirling.

One hundred fifty supporters of the Westfield based non-profit gathered to recognize the work of honorees: Secretary of State Nina Mitchell Wells; Celgene CEO Dr. Sol Barer; Community Volunteer Meri Barer; and Dr. Katherine Feingold, child and adolescent psychiatrist.

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WNBC 4’s Brian Thompson served as the evening’s master of ceremonies.

For more information about CONTACT We Care, visit the organization’s website www.contactwecare.org or call 1-908-301-1899.

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Rowena Madden, executive director of the New Jersey Governor’s Office of Volunteerism, accepted the award on behalf of Secretary of State Nina Mitchell Wells, who was honored at CONTACT We Care’s Gala 2009 for her work inspiring volunteerism throughout the state. Pictured with Madden are (from left to right): David Owens, executive director of CONTACT We Care; James McKnight, vice president of CONTACT We Care; and Gala MC Brian Thompson, Emmy award-winning journalist and WNBC-TV reporter.


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