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Hundreds Attend Livingston Sunrise Rotary's 14th Annual Food & Wine Tasting Event

Livingston Sunrise Rotary members team up with Saint Barnabas Medical Center staff at the 14th annual Food and Wine Tasting event at the Westminster Hotel in Livingston benefitting the SBMC NICU. Credits: Jessica Parkes

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Livingston Sunrise Rotary’s signature food tasting event celebrated its 14th year last week when more than 400 area residents gathered at Livingston’s Westminster Hotel to help support the organization’s mission to raise funds for Saint Barnabas Medical Center’s (SBMC) Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and other Rotary charities.

In addition to showcasing more than 30 food and wine vendors in the West Essex area, the event also featured a cork pull, an instant win game, a 50/50 and a tricky tray with more than $25,000 worth of prizes. Over the last 14 years, the event has raised more than $300,000 for the cause, according to Margie Heller, administrative director of community health and outreach at SBMC.

“Our mission is provide compassionate care, healthcare excellence and superior service for our patients and their families and the Livingston Sunrise Rotary really embodies that,” said Stephen Zieniewicz, president and CEO, SBMC. “We have to thank you, from the bottom of our hearts.”

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The NICU at Saint Barnabas recently relocated to the new Cooperman Family Pavilion, which officially opened in September. Zieniewicz offered tours to all guests so they could see what their generous contributions have accomplished.

Sunrise Rotary President Dr. Joseph Magotch thanked guests for attending the event, adding that he hoped guests had the opportunity to try something new and were inspired to visit the vendors in the future.

More than $300 went to the winner of the 50/50 and two guests walked away wine bottles worth more than $100 each.

Special auction items this year included a golf threesome at Mountain Ridge Country Club with a professional golfer and a golf foursome at Cedar Hill Country Club with lunch included.

“This was born 14 years ago out of an idea to raise money for our NICU at Saint Barnabas,” Heller said. “It’s been a great, great cause and over $300,000 was raised over the years for this, so thank you and continue to support. We appreciate everyone coming out.”

The Livingston Sunrise Rotary Club is made up of established professionals who want to make positive changes in their community and the world. Club members are dedicated people who share a passion for community service and friendship.

Other major fundraising projects that raise funds for community charities include the Annual Rotary Duck Race held in conjunction with Livingston Summerfest.

To learn more about the Livingston Sunrise Rotary, click HERE.

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