Over 190 visitors from all over New Jersey and neighboring states participated in the United Way’s Plainfield Community Council 3rd annual “Maidens in May” house tour. The tour showcased the historic and architectural significance of six houses in Plainfield. A reception followed the tour at Grace Episcopal Church located on Cleveland Avenue.

As a result of the closing of Plainfield’s Muhlenberg Regional Center, medical transportation is a growing issue in Plainfield.  United Way raised over $4,700 from the tour and a large portion of the proceeds will go towards the Plainfield Medical Transportation Fund.  A check will be presented to the Transportation Fund recipients, the Plainfield Rescue Squad and Neighborhood Health Services in early July.

Event sponsors this year included: Investors Savings Bank, The Burney Group, The Pillars Bed and Breakfast, Lola Reed of Caldwell Bankers, Rapp’s Pharmacy and Anderson Publishing.

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Special thanks to all of our other supporters: Grace Episcocal Church for generously hosting the reception; Wendy Burney of the Burney Group for coordinating the homes in the tour;  Valerie Hoboush for enhancing the home descriptions for the brochure; Lamont Blowe and Nancy Fiske of The Pillars for organizing the menu at the reception;  the Plainfield YMCA for providing meeting space, Brenda Anderson who helped with preparations for the tour and training of volunteers; and Pat Kavanaugh Turner for sponsoring the transportation for volunteers and homeowners at a preview tour.

Thank you to the following restaurants, who were gracious enough to provide us with a copious amount of food, beverages, and desserts to feed the more than 180 guest at our post tour reception:  Blackberries Catering, Café Vivace, Dairy Queen, Ferraro’s Pizza, Giovanna’s,  T&L – Leon’s Catering, Rita’s Water Ice, Scotchwood Diner, The Spain Inn, The Stone House and ShopRite of Clark.

A final thanks to the give area businesses that helped sell our tickets; Swain’s Gallery, The Pillars Bed and Breakfast, Two River Community Bank of Fanwood, Café Vivace and The Plainfield Music Store.

For more information about the next United Way House Tour please contact Tenisha Malcolm at 908-353-7171 ext. 136 or Jeff Scheckner at 908-353-7171 ext. 138.