WOMEN OF SONG RAISE VOICES FOR VICTIMS

Women of Song raised $1,020 for the domestic-abuse counseling service 180 Turning Lives Around over the weekend. The three-day event began Friday at the Woman’s Club of Red Bank, where poet Lauren Elizabeth (above) and singer/songwriter Cat London, right, moved the audience and even fellow artists to tears with their work. The event continued on to Ocean Township and Asbury Park Saturday and Sunday. 

“It was overall a wonderful evening of spoken words, music, and art all three nights,” said organizer Maxine Snow. “And to bring awareness of 180 Turning Lives Around to folks who were not aware of what they are about was a good thing.” (Photos by Danielle Tepper. Click to enlarge)

ROMNEY EXPECTED IN RUMSON TONIGHT

The long driveway to the Rumson home of former Port Authority chairman Lewis Eisenberg, where Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is expected to appear at a private fundraising dinner with about 50 guests tonight, according to the Bergen Record. (Click to enlarge)

FOOD FOR… SPORTS GEAR AND FIELD LIGHTS

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Upcoming: Thursday, August 16

Red Bank Flavour, a culinary campaign driven by the borough’s restaurants and food stores, presents “A Night on the Navesink: A Flavour Summer Soiree” at the Molly Pitcher Inn on Thursday, August 16.

Held at Red Bank’s newly renovated riverfront hotel, the evening, co-sponsored by hotel owner J.P. Barry Hospitality, will offer guests culinary samplings from more than 20 borough eateries, as well as wine samplings, libations and craft beer selections from New Jersey breweries.

A portion of proceeds from “A Night on the Navesink” will benefit Lunch Break and the Red Bank Middle School Athletics Foundation.

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RAFFLE TO GIVE RBMS SPORTS AN ASSIST

Gene Horowitz soliciting donations for the Red Bank Middle School Foundation from downtown businesses last month. (Click to enlarge)

By DANIELLE TEPPER

Two years ago, amid some serious belt-tightening, the decision to eliminate all sports funding from the Red Bank Middle School budget came as a shock to Gene Horowitz, whose older son was looking forward to playing baseball that spring.

In order to correct what he saw as an injustice to the kids, Horowitz, of Branch Avenue, reached out to members of the community to brainstorm about what could be done. The result was the creation of the non-profit RBMS Athletics Foundation.

One night last month, Horowitz, an 18-year Red Bank resident who has fourth- and seventh-graders in the school, appeared before the mayor and borough council to recap the success of the foundation and to thank those who helped make it happen.

“This year, we actually had all our teams funded,” Horowitz said. “But we know that’s not a given.”

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CAR WASH, YEAH…

Nathan J. Williams Craftsmen Club, member Tuiwan Loney of Keansburg, left, washes Tinton Falls resident Carl Bowles’ car Saturday as part of a fundraiser for the club’s parent organization, Celestial Lodge No. 36 in Red Bank.
Money raised from the event will go toward charitable efforts and to renovations of the lodge’s building on Drs. James Parker Boulevard, which has been home to the lodge since 1893. (Photo by Stacie Fanelli. Click to enlarge)

GIVING IT UP FOR DUWAYNE

Jon Caputi of Red Bank’s Jonathan Salon trims the hair of borough resident Hannah Ludwikowski, 7, as her father, Scott, looks on Monday night.

The Broad Street salon gave 50 $7 children’s haircuts in four hours to raise funds for the medical care of Duwayne Powell, a 9-year-old Red Bank Primary School student suffering from a heart ailment. (Photo by Stacie Fanelli. Click to enlarge)

SHOOTING CLAYS TO PRESERVE WETLANDS

Clay-trap shooters gathered at  Rumson Country Club’s shooting range for the event, a fundraiser hosted by Ducks Unlimited. (Photos by Peter Lindner. Click to enlarge)

By STEPHANIE SCHROEPFER

A misty fog offered the perfect hunting-in-the-field vibe for nearly 50 enthusiasts who gathered for a trap-shooting event at the Rumson Country Club Saturday.

Shotgun blasts broke the morning calm as 47 participants took turns firing at orange discs lofted into the air at the the Monmouth County chapter of Ducks Unlimited‘s third annual clay shoot, a fundraiser for the conservation and maintenance of North American wetlands.

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HOLIDAY CHEER IN THE GREENHOUSE

With another spirited (and sold-out) gathering in the greenhouse, Sickles Market in Little Silver hosted its annual wine and cheese fundraiser for Holiday Express Friday night.

The event featured auctions of wines and wine-cellar tours, plus a performance by Holiday Express, Tim McLoone’s nonprofit good-cheer band of merrymakers.

As is its custom, Holiday Express will kick of the holiday season Red Bank style with an outdoor concert and town lighting on Friday, November 25 and will make its annual stop at the Count Basie Theatre on December 15.

POPPING OFF AT MAPLE COVE

Red Bank’s KaBoomFest kicked off its 2011 fundraising season Thursday night with a tent party on the lawn of Hovnanian Enterprises’ HQ, followed by a sample pyrotechnics show on the Navesink by Garden State Fireworks, which will once again be handling the big show on July 3.

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ROUNDING UP WOMEN TO HELP GIRLS

nicole-corre-030811Go-getter Nicole Corre pauses for a moment on Broad Street in Red Bank. (Click to enlarge)

donegoodlogoNicole Corre, an inveterate helper-outer, needs some help.

Somewhere between finishing up a master’s in public policy at Rutgers, working full-time as a labor trends researcher and training for the Georgia Marathon this weekend — the first of two she plans to run this year — the Red Banker is trying to get a charity rolling.

Hey, even Type A personalities can’t do it all themselves.

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DOIN’ GOOD, IN DOLDRUM DAYS

beatlemania1Alan LeBouef (at right, as Paul) leads the Stars of BEATLEMANIA in a fab fundraiser for the Red Bank Rotary Club, at Two River Theater.

Done2In case you haven’t noticed, it’s the January Doldrums for sure. And with most of us variously tapped out, snowed in or plowed under, the conventional wisdom holds that you  simply don’t schedule much of anything in the way of fundraiser events here in the season of slush.

That said, a handful of brave businesspeople and nonprofits are apparently ignoring the memo, offering a variety of constructive reasons to venture gingerly down the sidewalk and out of the house — and maybe just maybe do a little bit of the Done Good deed in the process.

A roundup of suggested January jaunts follows forthwith.

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…AND TO ALL A ‘DONE GOOD’ NIGHT

valslegrandPop Warner coaches (and Val’s Tavern owners) Chris and James Smith, left, hosted a fundraising event December 2 at their landmark Rumson pub for the benefit of Rutgers football star Eric LeGrand. Proceeds from special auction items and sales of “Believe Fund” merchandise were dedicated to the Scarlet Knights defensive tackle, who sustained a paralyzing injury during October’s Army-Rutgers game.

donegoodlogoIt’s ALL Good, as they say on TV — at least during this jingliest of seasons, in which collection cans and kettles can be found on street corners and stripmall sidewalks and in which bins and boxes for food/ clothing/ toy drives are sighted most everywhere you look.

Whether you’re dodging carolers and horse-drawn carriages on your way to some weekend errands, or making a special trip out to the Count Basie Theatre (where several high-profile benefit concerts make a joyful noise in the coming nights) or  Two River Theater (where an ongoing pet food drive continues for the run of  Charlotte’s Web), you’ve got plenty of chances to Do Good here in December — and for this month’s Done Good roundup, we’ve got a few more recommendations coming right up; only a couple of which have anything to do with Santa Claus.

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HABCORE SUPPORTERS BEAT THE HEAT

habcore-062610A brownout curtailed the live jazz (and the air conditioning), but guests at Ed and Laurie McNamee’s home in Rumson had a cool time nonetheless Saturday evening. They also raised funds for Red Bank-based HABcore, which provides temporary and permanent housing to unemployed and disabled persons.

We’ve got more pix from the event, courtesy of Peter Lindner, in a Flickr file.