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"Some Kind of Wonderful": 33rd Annual Daisy Breakfast Unites East Brunswick

Mindy Listwa, President of the Daisy Association, is proud to open the 33rd Annual Ralph and Norma Lamo Daisy Breakfast to guests and families. Credits: TAP into East Brunswick
Pop-In Cafe, new partners with the Daisy Association, tempts everyone with treats Credits: TAP into East Brunswick
TAP into East Brunswick invested heavily in the prospect of winning this signed Manning poster.  Some other lucky Giants fan won it, though! Credits: TAP into East Brunswick
Artist James Schreck donated this beautiful piece for the raffle Credits: TAP into East Brunswick
The Elmo fan club includes these talented young dancers Credits: TAP into East Brunswick
Members of the EBHS Interact Club serve up some breakfast for the Daisy Association. Credits: TAP into East Brunswick
Elmo joins some mebers of the East Brunswick Youth Council on the service line for a yummy way to start the day Credits: TAP into East Brunswick
INTERACT members sell raffles tickets for some great prizes donated by local vendors. Credits: TAP into East Brunswick
East Brunswick's Bravest join Elmo at this festive fundraiser for the Daisy Association on Sunday. Credits: TAP into East Brunswick
Members of the girls' teams from East Brunswick's Blackhawks lacrosse show their support for the Daisy Association Credits: TAP into East Brunswick
Mayoral candidates Brad Cohen (D) and Jim Wendell (R) come together to support Daisy families and programs Credits: TAP into East Brunswick
Nicole, from the EB Department of Receation, shows enthusiasm for the Daisy Association and its flower power. Credits: TAP into East Brunswick
OEM Coordinator John Kosik and Judge David Stahl join old friends at the 33rd Daisy Breakfast, looking both sort of dapper and a bit daffy. Credits: TAP into East Brunswick
Han, Andy, Teddy, and Di Zhang spend their morning with some firends from the Daisy program. Credits: TAP into East Brunswick
Azaliah and Melissa are all smiles at the Daisy event. Credits: TAP into East Brunswick
The room was already crowded at around 9:30 for thie 8-12 event that hosted more than 1,000 guests. Credits: TAP into East Brunswick

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."

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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.


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