LIVINGSTON, NJ — Despite being rescheduled due to snow, the second Livingston Area Chamber of Commerce “Dine and Donate” event at Calabria Restaurant and Pizzeria benefiting FlyRed for Heart Disease attracted dozens of local business people and their families on Thursday.

The evening doubled as the LACC’s monthly “Business After Hours” event to promote community business networking while also raising money for a good cause. Diners were able to donate a portion of their checks directly to FlyRed for Heart Disease at RWJBarnabas simply by telling their waiter.

Representatives from many local businesses attended the event in support of fellow businesswoman Margie Heller, administrative director of community health and outreach at RWJBarnabas, whose brother died from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy approximately five years ago.

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Heller, who is also the LACC vice president of communications, is on a mission to help raise money for the heart centers at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. She organized two “Dine and Donate” events alongside Livingston Bagel owner Daniel Blue, LACC vice president of membership. The first was held at Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza last month.

“This is our third Business After Hours event his year and we are very excited to provide another opportunity for local business people to come together and form relationships," said Jessica Marrone-Parkes, vice president of programs. "The more time I get to spend with other active chamber members, the more meaningful and fun doing business in the town of Livingston becomes.  I'm hoping more and more professionals will join us. I even brought my husband and my two boys out tonight and they had fun as well.”

The LACC is hosting its next networking breakfast on April 13 at 8 a.m. at Regal Bank’s -- Mount Pleasant Avenue location. The discussion topic, led by Dan Tower, executive vice president and COO of Regal Bank, will be Identity Theft.

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