East Brunswick businesses and residents will be able to participate for the first time in the Easter Seals New Jersey Tricky Tray Gift Auction fundraiser slated for Friday, February 27.

Tricky Tray fundraisers are also known as gift or penny auctions, brown-bag, or Chinese-basket auctions. For any of these events, participants purchase raffle tickets that are placed in canisters near the items they hope to win. The odds of winning are increased by placing as many tickets as they want in a given container.

The auction on February 27 kicks off at 6:00 p.m. at Middlesex County Vo-Tech School, 112 Rues Lane, East Brunswick, N.J. 08816. (The designated snow date is Friday, March 6.)

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Limited to only 250 seats, tickets can be purchased for $25.00 at the door, however participants are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance for $20.00 online via the event page http://goo.gl/NCvEkM.

Admission includes a sheet of drop tickets.

Tricky Tray events include:

  •     Three tiers of drop ticket packages
  •     A 50/50 raffle
  •     Birthday board
  •     Gift baskets
  •     Bake sale
  •     Coffee and tea
  •     Clappers will be provided at tables

“We are relentlessly committed to helping individuals living with disabilities and special needs in New Jersey reach their potential and live the best life possible,” said Easter Seals New Jersey CEO and President Brian Fitzgerald. “It is only with the support of philanthropic events such as this Tricky Tray Gift Auction fundraiser that we are able to make an impact by helping those with disabilities experience more life moments.”

In the United States, one in five people live with a disability. These can include mental illnesses, developmental disabilities, and autism, which are affecting more families every year.

"I love Easter Seals. I’m very proud of the work I accomplish and receiving my own paycheck for it,” said Victoria, a program participant at Easter Seals’ East Brunswick work center.

Easter Seals believes that everyone, no matter their level of ability, deserves the opportunity to live, learn, work, and play in their communities with equality, dignity and independence. Ninety-five percent of funds that Easter Seals New Jersey receives go directly toward serving clients. Donations help pay for:

Group Residences – assist people living with the challenges of mental illness and developmental disabilities. These community houses help program participants maintain their independence and participate in and enjoy their communities.

Workforce Development Programs – give people with developmental disabilities a path to work and independence. These include the High School-High Tech Program, focusing on offering teens with development disabilities opportunities to explore jobs in science and technology. Additionally, skill evaluation, training, and supported employment help those with disabilities gain entrance to the workplace.

For anyone who would like to help by donating auction items, contact Michele Kasper, special events manager at mikasper@nj.easterseals.com, or call 732.955.8368.

About Easter Seals New Jersey

Easter Seals New Jersey is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that has helped individuals and families with disabilities or special needs by providing opportunities to live, learn, work, and play in their communities since 1948. Annually, over 8,000 people and families in New Jersey affected by, physical disabilities, developmental disabilities including autism, mental illness, and other special needs, receive services.  Our programs are designed to help them achieve independence and full community-integration. For more information on Easter Seals New Jersey and its statewide disability services, please contact 732-257-6662 or visit www.eastersealsnj.org or www.facebook.com/eastersealsnj