NUTLEY, NJ - A rain storm did not stop Gail’s Angels Foundation from raising $4,800 during their 10th annual barbecue fundraiser on July 20 at Diamond Springs Beach Club in Nutley. Almost 90 people attended the event enjoying barbecue food, bocce ball and music.
Musical entertainment was provided by the Lodato Brothers. People were out on the lawn of Diamond Springs dancing to oldies, until the storm hit.
“It’s the first time it’s rained at this event in 10 years. It’s always been extremely hot. The rain won’t ruin the event, just makes everything a little cozier,” said Chairman James Babai of Nutley, as guests huddled under the covering of the bar.
Helping collect tickets for the tricky tray and raffle was Babai’s daughter Kelly, with volunteers Corrine Costa and Jeff Hoarle.
Food included barbecue spare ribs, hamburgers, hot dogs, sausage and peppers, potato salad and watermelon. As the rain came down more food went onto the fire to feed the hungry supporters. People came for all over the filling the parking lot. Among those supporters were some of Babai’s alumni from his high school, North Arlington’s class of 1972.
The annual fundraiser helps support families that have a mother with breast cancer and also care for their autistic or special needs child. The Nutley non-profit organization began in 2007 in the memory of Gail E. Babai who died of breast cancer in 2006 according to the foundation’s website gailsangels.org. Chairman James Babai was her caretaker. All the money raised from the barbecue will go to families in this situation.
Other events Gail’s Angels holds to raise money for their cause include a women’s golf outing in June and a men’s golf outing to come in September, details will follow.