CHATHAM, NJ - The parking lot was overflowing with parked cars, a sign that one of the largest gatherings for the Chatham Senior Services Donor Luncheon was taking place Sunday.
"Usually, we get 80 or 90 and this is 130," Axlyn Sommer, a member of the Senior Services board of trustees, said. "The donors this year have been fabulous."
Two of the more generous donors at the luncheon were Georgine and Ray Weiland, who are residents of Madison.
"I came over for a discussion and we started donating," Ray Weiland said. "This past year, my wife saw one bulletin where they were appealing to donors and they listed that if they receive $100 it would mean so many rides and that $500 will allow for specific things. That brought it into perspective how useful these donations were in respect to what they were used for. So she said let's give a larger donation."
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"What people don't realize about the center, while the municipalities of Chatham Borough and Chatham Township contribute, 80 percent of our funds come from grants and donors," Jim Connelly, board of trustees president, said. "We raised $160,000 last year, but every year we start at zero."
Chatham's John Hawk Agency recently donated $1,000 to the center.
"The art and travel DVDs and movies are excellent here," Georgine Weiland said. "This is one of the best senior centers around. The people are so friendly. you can hear it by the chattering level today."