August 22, 2014 at 10:00 AM
BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Barry’s Appliance & TV, of Bridgewater, is hosting a Cooking Extravaganza Sept. 3 to raise funds for Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset’s Steeplechase Cancer Center in Somerville.
The fundraiser is being held in conjunction with Somerset Health Care Foundation and the New Jersey Department of Agriculture’s Jersey Fresh Program. It will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the business on Union Avenue.
According to a release, Peter Pascale, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset’s executive chef, will hold live cooking demonstrations and tastings of four recipes with Jersey Fresh fruits and vegetables.
In addition, Doug Fisher, New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture, and Al Murray, assistant secretary of agriculture, will answer questions about the Jersey Fresh program, and discuss the hospital’s efforts to promote the use of Jersey Fresh fruits and vegetables in meals for patients.
According to the release, Barry’s Appliance & TV is the first independently owned retail business to partner with Jersey Fresh even though it is not part of the produce industry.
Melick’s Town Farm, also in Bridgewater, the release said, will have Jersey Fresh produce available, and the first 250 guests will receive a free gift bag.
Through the event, the release said, participants can purchase a raffle ticket for a chance to win prizes donated by such places as General Electric, Bosch Hme Appliances, Electrolux Home Appliances, Miele and Big Green Egg. These raffle tickets can be purchased in advance for $20 by calling Barry’s Appliance at 732-805-9513, or the Somerset Health Care Foundation at 908-685-2885.
The raffle itself will be held Oct. 1 at 12:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset.
“As a small business owner, I like to support the people who support me,” Barry Goldan, owner of Barry’s Appliance & TV, said in the release. “I know that almost every customer who has shopped in my store has been touched in some way by cancer – either they themselves have personally had cancer or they have a family member, neighbor, friend or colleague with the disease. This fundraiser gives me the opportunity to give back to the community that I serve.”