Big Brothers Big Sisters Of Monmouth County Hosts 13th Annual Matching Smiles Gala

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EATONTOWN — Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties (BBBSMMC) held its 13th Annual Matching Smiles Gala on Friday, Oct. 14, at Navesink Country Club in Middletown.

This year’s theme was “Oktoberfest” and the event featured an elegant German-inspired cocktail hour and music, seasonal beer tasting, silent & live auctions, a sumptuous dinner and dancing.

The Provident Bank was honored for their many contributions to BBBSMMC and the community. In addition, there were “Bigs” and “Littles” in attendance to greet guests and to give testimonials about how the mentoring relationship has changed their lives for the better.

The 13th Annual Matching Smiles Gala is the signature event for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties and this year 200 people were in attendance. “This is our largest event of the year and raises much needed funds to support BBBSMMC’s one-to-one mentoring program for children who need a positive role model in their life” said William Salcedo, executive director. “It was a wonderful evening and we are grateful to all of our guests, sponsors and donors as well as the community for their support.”

The exceptional Gala Committee was responsible for executing this wonderful event and included Lauren Cesario, Amy Beth Dambeck, Catherine D. Franzoni, Kristin Gaul, Chris Mittman, and Stella Price.

The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. BBBSMMC is a donor-supported, volunteer agency that is currently serving over 450 children and the agency is funded through individual gifts, grants and special events.

For more information or to donate call 1-732-544-2224 ext. 329 or email wsalcedo@bbbsmmc.org.

Shown at the event from left are BBBSMMC Board of Trustees members; John Harris of Holmdel, Michael Ansell of Long Branch, Vin Gopal of Long Branch, Roy Mittman of Wall, Rick Holbert of Holmdel, Amy Beth Dambeck of Wall, Glenn Oppito of Eatontown, Peter McGuigan of Manasquan, William Salcedo of Point Pleasant (BBBSMMC Executive Director), Chris Martin of Manasquan, Mark Hall of Colts Neck and Robert McCaig of Asbury Park.

Shown at the event from left are committee members; Kristin Spitale of Brick, Chris Mittman of Wall, Amy Beth Dambeck of Wall, Lauren Cesario of Monmouth Beach, Stella Price of Red Bank and Marybeth Bull (BBBSMMC Director of Development) of Fair Haven.

Shown at the event are from left; William Salcedo (Executive Director), Chris Martin of The Provident Bank (Event Honoree) and Barry Weshnak (Board of Trustees President).

Shown at the event from left are Big Sister Pam Callender and her Little Sister Ashley.

 

Shown at the event from left are Big Brother Jim Henry and his Little Brother Ali.

(All photos courtesy of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties)


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