Orphaned street dog (turned guest of honor) Brownie Moo joins Project Animal Worldwide in welcoming you to a Doggie Date Island Style night this Friday, at D’Jeet? in The Grove. (Photo by Kim Levin)
The attire ranges from black tie and tails to, well, tails and admission ranges from a raising of the auction paddle, to simply raising your paw and volunteering. This week’s DONE GOOD roundup presents a typically eclectic smorgasbord of ways in which to help, and have a Done Good Time doing it.
For Alan Fisher of A.H. Fisher Diamonds a native Red Banker who’s “enjoyed watching the fireworks for over 50 years doing a decent for the community can mean plastering his Broad Street storefront with signage that decrees a Cash for Gold (and silver, platinum, diamonds) event, proceeds from which will be donated to the presentation of this year’s Kaboomfest Fireworks on the Navesink event. As Fisher points out, the three-day extravaganza (scheduled for July 1-3) utilizes no taxpayer money, and has relied upon ever more innovative fundraising vehicles in an era when event costs have skyrocketed in sync with the fest’s centerpiece display. Fisher’s cash-on-spot KaBoom KaChing runs from this Friday, June 10 through July 9 just in time for the KaMittee to get busy planning next year’s skysplash.
There’s more Done Good under the June moon, and it’s on view with the flip of a paperless page.
FRIDAY: Swimming River Discoveries Art Gala II. The summer months are traditionally the season for sequels and this Friday, June 10 sees the return of a fundraiser art auction event whose proceeds will help fund the endeavor to create “Swimming River Discoveries” learning centers (including pond walkways and outdoor classroom) on the 17 wetland acres surrounding Red Bank Primary School. Hosted by the Red Bank Borough Education Foundation and coordinated by Susan Berke Fine Art, the 6pm-9pm gala sets up inside the River Room at The Atrium at Navesink Harbor with a display of local artworks that includes nine student photographers from Red Bank Regional High School.
The RBR photogs (Mikaila Bennan, Deanna Bochicchio, Calli Dobrzynski, Molly Gerth, Alexandra Gorrey, Thomas Suszka, Noemi Valdetano, Gab Visciano and Rebecka Zabilowicz) are joining dozens of area painters, potters, sculptors and snappers for an offering in which the $125 admission ticket allows everyone in attendance to select one of over 100 pieces on bid with the order of selection determined by lottery. Tickets (attendance limited to 110 people) are still available from Susan Berke or the RBBEF website. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres are in the picture as well.
FRIDAY: Doggie Date Night at D’Jeet? The focal point may be local at this organic eatery in The Grove, but on Friday, June 10 the d’jeeters going worldwide one satisfied canine customer at a time. Between 5 and 9pm, they’ll welcome both two- and four-legged guests to a Doggie “Island Style” event at the outdoor tables, with funds raised for the nonprofit rescue org Project Animal Worldwide (PAW). A $35 reservation (and sorry dogs, but you’re wearing a leash) includes special island themed menu, virgin cocktails (BYOB), live music by Deftet Jazz Trio, doggie goodie bags, and entry into a drawing for a $150 Grove gift card.
Your special guest host for the evening is Brownie Moo, a one year old “sato” (street dog) who was rescued from a life as a homeless orphan in Puerto Rico to come live in New Jersey with his foster mom through the efforts of Wag On Inn Rescue. The event organizers are staging a “Guess Who? It’s Brownie Moo!” contest, in which the public is invited to guess the top three breeds that might make up the dog’s ancestry (a genetic screening was donated by Red Bank Veterinary Hospital). Winner will be selected at the date night event (grand prize is a gift basket of healthy items from Dr. Harvey’s), with deadline for entry at 6pm on Thursday, June 9. Call 732.224.8887 for more info.
SATURDAY: Roaring Twenties Cancer Ball in Middletown. The private estate known as Fairway Farm at 381 Cooper Road in Middletown is the setting for a major fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, the 44th annual edition of which harkens back to the era of flappers and flagpole sitters as it raises serious support for prevention, detection, research and awareness efforts here in the 21st century. A $500 ticket gains admission to a black-tie affair that offers gourmet dining, live music (by The Minsky Sisters plus Drew Nugent and the Midnight Society), live and silent auctions (for prizes that include Porsche driving lessons and Taylor Swift tix) and favor bags sponsored by , a maker of “green totes” crafted from repurposed yacht sails. Tickets still reservable by calling 732.758.8259, extension 217.
SUNDAY: Little Silver Emergency Responders Recruitment Day. The Little Silver Volunteer Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services seek new members (age 16 and up) for the borough’s emergency response squads and they’re inviting interested recruits to find out more about becoming an active member of their community, with Recruitment Day presentations by the FD (4pm) and EMS (4:30), plus Q&A session and free refreshments. It’s Open House, with no prior registration required. Call Chris Faherty at 732.977.3509 for more info.