EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ: More than 1,000 people attended the 33rd Annual Ralph and Norma Lamo Daisy Breakfast on Sunday, held between 8 am-12 pm at East Brunswick's Hilton Hotel. The event was characterized by good citizens who gave credit to other good citizens for their ongoing sponsorship and support of special needs people in our community.
Mindy Listwa, President of the Daisy Association, noted that the annual breakfast "raises about $15,000, enough to support a whole year of programming in one of the variety of of activities avavilable to Daisy members." Listwa, who has been the president for 14 years, thanked the East Brunswick Hilton Hotel for donating the use of the ballroom which was manned by volunteers who served breakfast to a steady stream of friends and supporters of Daisy Recreation.
Listwa was also quick to praise John Kosik, East Brunswick's Coordinator of Emergency Management, who has organized and energized the event for years. "He has no connection to Special Needs programs, except the desire to make a difference for people who need it, " said Listwa. "I see John and many of the same people here every year. This is a great show of love."
Service and donations were also provided by the East Brunswick Youth Council; the East Brunswick Independent Fire Company; the EBHS INTERACT Club, the EB Department of Recreation, the Blackhawks Lacrosse teams; the East Brunswick PBA and FOP; the Rezem Funeral Home; Austin Kozik Jr. Associates; The Charles Englehard Foundation; L'Affaire II Bake Shop; Pete Sapalla; Scott and Joan Crosie; and Cortina Glass.
Mayoral candidates Dr. Brad Cohen (D) and Councilman Jim Wendell (R) were also on hand to support the Daisy Recreation program; both agreed on the the level of commitment that the East Brunswick community shows to Daisy. "The Daisy breakfast gets the biggest turnout in East Brunswick. Being in the schools, I know that this event is a reflection on the community and its level of commitment to people with special needs," said Cohen. "The Daisy program has been around since I was kid living on Riva Avenue, right near BiCentennial park (home of the Daisy Center.) I remember the camp there. The township is lucky to have such a dedicated group of people, " noted Wendell.