EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Mayor Brad Cohen will host 480 supporters of East Brunswick at a Charity Gala to be held at the Park Chateau this Wednesday, October 2 from 6 to 10 pm. This "first annual" night of festivity and celebration will also be the scene of honors and awards, a bit of glamour, some graceful dancing, and some local hob-nobbing. "All for a number of great causes, " says Cohen.
"This is an opportunity to raise money for charities within the township that could use some more support, " he said. Cohen specifically cited the Aldersgate Outreach Community Center (formerly the Crisis Room at Aldersgate Church) which provides food, clothing, diapers, and financial assistance to residents living with food insecurity. The Mayor's Charity Fund, a 501C3 account established by Mayor Cohen, will also address smaller, individual needs like some young athletes who need uniforms or some families who cannot afford local summer camp for their children. The Mayor is particularly interested in supporting the Lost Souls Public Memorial Project in the township, which seeks to recognize those slaves buried within the township.
"This is not a mayor's slush find, though, "says Cohen. Trustees will make decisions about how any money raised will be spent, not the Mayor.
Honors will go to local realtor Jane Mueller, most recently a platinum sponsor of East Brunswick Day, whose wide-reaching generosity and positivity have elevated the perception of East Brunswick as a place to live and have supported those who already reside here. Cohen calls Mueller, "The biggest cheerleader for our town."
Also honored will be Austin Kosik, Director of the township's Office of Emergency Management, omnipresent at all crises. Mayor Cohen has described him as Our voice in an emergency." Kosik is also a member of East Brunswick's Daisy Foundation and the leading promoter of the Annual Norma & Ralph Lamo Daisy Breakfast, which reached its 36th year in 2019.
The Brunswick Memorial Funeral Home, represented by founder Peter Kulbacki, will also be recognized. Cohen says that Brunswick Memorial will be honored far a "commitment to the township and a willingness to volunteer."
The final honorees will include the members of the East Brunswick Education Foundations, an organization that provides financial support for special projects in the public schools, with donations totaling more than $2 million, according to Cohen. "There are many people on the EBEF board who no longer have children in the schools. They are just committed members of the education family," said the Mayor.
The event will also feature a performance by the Churchill Junior High Orchestra and a DJ and a silent auction. The mayor will also reveal the township's new logo.