SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The 28th annual Scotch Plains Mayor's Charity Gala brought out elected officials, business and community leaders and the friends and family of local police, fire and rescue squads to raise money for the first responders' charitable efforts at Shackamaxon Country Club on Saturday, Dec. 1. 

"Thank you for attending this gala in honor of our First Responders, the men and women who proudly and selflessly serve our community each and every day," said Mayor Al Smith. "Be sure to take the time, not just tonight, but whenever you see one of out First Responders on the streets of Scotch Plains, to say hello and thank them for their service."  

The money raised at the event will be split among three beneficiaries: 

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  • Scotch Plains Rescue Squad, one of the oldest volunteer EMT squads in New Jersey
  • Scotch Plains Firefighters Association, which funds equipment grants, scholarships and training,
  • Scotch Plains Police Foundation, which funds equipment and programs that are not included in the township budget,

Mayor's Gala Committee was comprised of co-chairs Geraldine Keogh of The Dessert Ladies, Lisa Mohn of Apple Blossom, and Margaret Heisey, Deputy Business Administrator for the Township of Scotch Plains. Steve Goldberg, VP of Scotch Plains Business & Professional Association, served as master of ceremonies.

Gold Sponsors
Checchio Family Foundation
Dr. Andrew and Paulette Coronato
Harbor Consultants
Mayor Al Smith
Mott MacDonald

Silver Sponsors
DiFrancesco Bateman
Garden Homes, Shorth Hills, NJ
George Wildman
Steve F. Hehl
The Dalal Family Foundation

Table Sponsors
Bramnick Law
Caffree Tree & Landscaping
EKA Associates
Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary
Investors Bank
Patrick's Downtown Race to Summer
Paul and Don Lamastra (ERA Suburb Realty)
Rainone Coughlin Minchello, Attorney at Law
Rossi Funeral Home
Sage Point Financial 
Scotch Plains Democratic Committee
Scotch Plains Republican Committee
Schiller, Pittenger & Galvin, PC
The Smith Family