FLORHAM PARK, NJ - Santa fun, food, live DJ music, face painter, balloon artist and more bring holiday cheer to Foundation’s mission to help others in need and fight crime
On Saturday, December 9, Lucy’s Gift will host their first annual in-store Holiday Party and Fundraiser for the Maurice J. Spagnoletti Foundation. All are welcome to the festive, family event that will take place from 12 – 4pm (Santa arrives a 1PM) at the Florham Park store located at 187 Columbia Turnpike in the Florham Village Shopping Center.
In response to the requests of many supportive clients for a way to donate to the Foundation at the store, Lucy’s Gift boutique will end the year with an expression of gratitude and a fun party featuring Santa and special festivities. Guests can simply donate with cash or checks written out to the Maurice J. Spagnoletti Foundation, or shop at Lucy’s Gift during event hours and receive 15% off all purchases. MJSF will make donations to their regular charities and to the Community Soup Kitchen and Outreach Center of Morristown, NJ, and all net profits of sales will be contributed to the 2017 giving efforts of the Foundation.
All children at the party will receive a free gift from Santa. There will be lunch catered by Tony Biago of Pasquale’s Restaurant in Boonton NJ, live DJ music, a face painter, and a balloon artist for all to enjoy. Top selling B-JWLD jewelry designer Vered Milner from Israel will return to Lucy’s Gift for a special sale.
Marisa Spagnoletti, owner of Lucy’s Gift (LG) and founder of the Maurice J. Spagnoletti Foundation (MJSF), selected Morris County’s own Sheriff Jim Gannon to dress as Santa.
“Sherriff Gannon truly defines each day what ‘Santa’ is - a true American hero", said Spagnoletti. "He’s a family man and exceptional leader devoted to all, making our community and nation a safe and better place - the ultimate community gift-giver. In the holiday spirit, I am inspired by early references of 1800's Santa wearing the red and white suit with patriotic stars and stripes and the legend of Santa wanting to secretly help so many in need by making generous gifts. Jim Gannon has devoted his life to serving and protecting and I am honored to have him as such a special friend - my partner at MJSF in ending all crime - in memory of my beloved husband who I believe died a hero.”
In 2017, Lucy’s Gift donated close to $10,000 in gift baskets alone to community fundraisers held throughout Morris, Union, Essex, and Bergen counties. Just last week, at an event for the East Hanover PBA, Lucy’s Gift donated baskets totaling nearly $1,000 in retail value. In addition, $250 was raised during the global event, #GivingTuesday, for the Community Soup Kitchen and Outreach Center of Morristown, NJ.
“We are making such a tremendously positive impact from both our foundation and little retail company. I am so grateful to so many for helping my daughter Lucy and I finally find peace on our long journey to honor her father each day,” Spagnoletti continued.
About the Maurice J. Spagnoletti Foundation
In 2014, Marisa Spagnoletti created the Maurice J. Spagnoletti Foundation (www.mauricejspagnoletti.com) in memory of her beloved husband. Soliciting the help of family and friends, establishing relationships with charitable organizations, and gaining corporate and medical sponsors, the Maurice J. Spagnoletti Foundation – and all of the good work it generates – will live on as a testament to the fact that love, support and hope can make a real difference one life at a time. MJSF keeps Maurice’s promise to support special needs children, both nationally and internationally. Seeing firsthand the terrible impact of criminal and domestic violence on families, the Foundation supports domestic violence safe houses. Sharing Maurice's immense gratitude for the U.S. military, the FBI, and our communities' first responders, MJSF supports charities that support them for protecting our American way of life. Continuing Maurice J. Spagnoletti’s legacy of benevolence, the Foundation supports the P.G. Chambers School, Safe in Hunterdon, The 200 Club of Morris County, Goryeb Children's Hospital/Atlantic Health System, and other charities in New Jersey as well as the Children of China Pediatrics Foundation (CCPF) in New York.
About Lucy’ Gift
Founded in 2015, Lucy’s Gift (LG) is a retail boutique offering the latest, brand new handbags, accessories, jewelry, and home décor items to support the efforts of the Maurice J. Spagnoletti Foundation (MJSF) to help children in need, crime victims and those who serve and protect us. All of LG’s net profits are donated to the MJSF to support an ever-increasing number of charities. LG is committed to providing outreach and support of local charities and non-profit organizations, creating new alliances and partnerships with the public and business communities to make a real difference – one life at a time. Lucy’s Gift boutiques opened in Morristown, NJ, in 2015, Florham Park, NJ, in 2016, and online in 2017. www.lucysgift.org