HANOVER, NJ - In Las Vegas, it is a place that encourages people spend their money and take risks. On January 23rd, a special event was held at the Hanover Manor for anyone who simply wished to give their money out to the community, known as the Viva Las Vegas Tricky Tray.

The event was organized by the Junior Women's Club of Verona, a non-profit organization that since 1926 has been involved in countless projects of their community, involving local schools, businesses and government. The tricky tray was been held bi-annually by the organization for the past 10 years.

“This is amazing,” said Shannon Curtis, co-president of the Women’s Club.

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“Everyone here has done a great job and we will do a great benefit for our whole community.”

The Women's Club has been involved in and held a variety of events and programs, and been recognized for many accomplishments, including the Packs with Purpose drive, which collected over 90 backpacks that were filled with school supplies in 2019; the Verona Fights Hunger Week, which has collected over 6,000 bags of food and over $10,000 dollars in monetary donations since the drive’s inception in 2013; the Bunny Brunch at Verona High School, which is a proud 30-year tradition where nearly $2,500 was raised for Verona’s Adopt-a-Family Program in 2018; three $1,000 scholarships/year awarded to graduating Verona High School seniors who will attend an accredited degree-based higher education program; collecting $6,500 in donations over the past two years to the Verona Foundation for Educational Excellence, which funds a comprehensive grant program designed to enhance the educational experiences of our local children; collecting $3,000 in total donations to all six Verona schools (four elementary, middle and a high school) to purchase new books for their libraries; collecting $2,000 in donations towards the creation of a Verona High School field hockey program; and collecting $10,000 donation for the renovation of the new Verona Library in 2018.

“This event enables us to do our projects,” said co-vice president Amanda Mioli.  “We couldn’t do any of them without this tricky tray. A special thanks for all our volunteers and sponsors.”

Prizes of the tricky tray include a variety of items from non-perishable foods, children's toys, hygiene products, kitchen tools and even a Peloton bike; all donated by local businesses of Verona. These local businesses included Ariana Kitchen & Bar, Anthony Franco’s, Diamond Gymnastics, Verona Inn, Lakeside Deli, Miele’s, Verona Yoga, Hardbodyz Fitness and Platinum Fitness.

“We’re so excited for all the support we get from Verona,” said co-president Robyn Sasella, as she watched about 300 people come in and out of the Hanover Manor to support the tricky tray. “This tricky tray is our biggest fundraiser. It is just a fun night that it brings everyone from Verona and other towns together.”

And the attendants were happy to come together and support the Women’s Club, where collected approximately $35,000 after the show, while also enjoying an evening of prizes and raffles.

“I try to come to as many of this club’s events as possible,” said Verona resident Linda Byrne. “The club does a lot of great projects in our community, while providing a nice night out for the town residents. We also get to meet new people. We’re lucky to have such a strong group of ladies.”

Sponsors of the Viva Las Vegas Tricky Tray included CSDnet, Jeffrey D. Mielke, Maselli Construction, LLC, Doshi Group Landscaping, LLC, Diana Weeks Real Estate, Petronaci Pool, Inc., Accountability Bookkeeping Services LLC, the Law Offices of William Fried, Krauser’s Bloomfield, and the families of Curtin, Nolan, Podber and Divinagracia.

To learn more about the Junior Women's Club of Verona, visit their website at https://www.veronajuniors.org/index.html.