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Everyone Wins at Junior League Casino Fundraiser

JLOSH members (from left to right) Jamy Kokinda, Asst. Fundraising VP; Sheila McClure, Fundraising VP; Laura Overdeck, President; and Melissa Sheehy and Kim Walls, Chips for Charity Co-Chairs.

The second annual casino-themed fundraiser of the Junior League of the Oranges and Short Hills (JLOSH), Chips for Charity, was hugely successful and a big win for JLOSH’s community programs.

Guests enjoyed an evening of gaming tables, a 50/50 raffle, a large silent auction, and fabulous food and music at the Maplewood Country Club on Friday, March 11, 2011.  Together with the generous support of corporate sponsors, local retailers, and community members, JLOSH’s Chips for Charity event raised over $60,000, which will go directly to charitable programs aiding local women and children in need.

JLOSH is grateful for the generous support of this year’s Silver Sponsors – Coldwell Banker, Creative Wallcoverings & Interiors, Arlene and Thomas Gonnella of Weichert Realtors, Naleri Investments, and John and Laura Overdeck – as well as for the many contributions from Patrons and Friends of the League.

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“We truly appreciate all the local area businesses and individuals who supported this fundraiser and made it a success, whether they attended the event or made a donation,” said JLOSH president, Laura Overdeck.  “Our JLOSH volunteers worked for many months to pull this evening together, and the results far exceeded our expectations.”

All proceeds from the Chips for Charity event will go directly to JLOSH’s charitable programs, which support women and children in East Orange, Orange, West Orange, Springfield, Livingston, Maplewood, Millburn, and Short Hills.  Recent JLOSH projects include providing meals and basic necessities to families in need, offering training and other resources to at-risk youth and their families, and collecting books to support and promote literacy.  JLOSH also continues to teach children about the value and rewards of volunteering with its award-winning book, The Littlest Volunteers

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