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Mayor's Gala to Honor Scotch Plains Volunteers, Raise Funds for Frazee House on Dec. 8

Mayor Al Smith and Paulette Coronato Credits: John Mooney
Mayor's Gala honorees Rich and Pam Duthie with Vincent Losavio Credits: John Mooney
The Frazee House will be the beneficiary of the funds raised by the 2017 Mayor's Gala.

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The 27th Annual Scotch Plains Mayor's Gala is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 8 from 6:00 to 11:30 p.m. at the Shackamaxon Country Club. This year's honorees are:

  • Paulette Coronato (Female Volunteer of the Year)
  • Vincent Losavio (Male Volunteer of the Year)
  • Pamela & Rich Duthie (Couple of the Year)
  • The Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary Frazee House Inc. (Organization of the Year)

Tickets for this event are $85 and can be purchased through the Community Pass page under "Activities" in Scotch Plains Recreation. A silent auction and raffle will be held. For more information, call 908-322-6700 ext. 220.

Paulette Coronato is currently a member of Scotch Plains Downtown Redevelopment Committee, has served on the Planning Board since 2009, and received the NJPO Achievement in Planning Award in September 2017. She also served on the Zoning Board of Adjustment from 1994 until 2000.

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Earlier, Mrs. Coronato served on the Township's Architectural Review Committee, Environmental Commission, and Health Advisory Board. From 2001-08, she was a member of the Scotch Plains Council and served three years as Deputy Mayor. 

A resident of Scotch Plains for 40 years, Mrs. Coronato also has served on organizations including the Scotchwood Civic Association and the Scotch Plains/Fanwood Twig of Children’s Specialized Hospital. As a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church from 1978-2006, she was a Eucharistic Minister RCIA team member, CCD teacher, and Parish Council Secretary. She and her husband, Dr. Andrew Coronato, organized a committee to sponsor and settle a refugee family of eight from Vietnam during the “Boat People Crisis” (1978-80). This family, who still live in Scotch Plains.

Her other roles have included: past president and member of Union County Republican Women and the Union County Medical Society Auxiliary. She is a past member of the Executive Board of the NJ Medical Society Auxiliary and a past Chair of the N.J. State Board of Human Services. A mother of four and grandmother of seven, Mrs. Coronato is a Trustee of St. Bartholomew the Apostle Parish, a member of the Finance Council, the St. Bartholomew Academy Advisory Board, and the RCIA team. She is also a Eucharistic Minister. 

Vincent Losavio is a life-long resident of Scotch Plains. He is well known as president of John's Meat Market, where he has worked for over 50 years. John's has been named the state's Best Butcher numerous times by New Jersey magazine. He is married with two children and two grandchildren and is an avid golfer.

Mr. Losavio's many accomplishments are: Charter Member of Scotch Plains-Fanwood UNICO and member of the Italian Festival Executive Committee; Chairman for collecting donations for bullet proof vests for the Scotch Plains Police; Founder of the Scotch Plains Businessmen's Association (a member for over 50 years); Chairman with Joan Papen for the Holiday Decorating Committee. 

He feeds the homeless through Star Fish and United Methodist Church and donated meat weekly to Ground Zero for the 911 first responders. Today, he continuously works with Valley Brook Veterans. Mr Losavio is on the Board of Directors at United Family & Children's Society and is an usher at St. Bart's. He is on the Board of Directors at John Shipman Committee, coached for Scotch Plains Little League, was on the Committee for the Vietnam Memorial Concert, and is a member of Knights of Columbus.

Pamela & Richard Duthie have been residents of Scotch Plains for 24 years. They are the proud parents of four wonderful and talented children, Billy, Sean, Meghan, and Ryan, and have enjoyed serving on various boards and committees. Pam has served on the board of the Scotch Plains Public Library, and Recreation Commission. She has been a Scotch Plains Fanwood Soccer Association coach, PTA Council board member, and Immaculate Heart of Mary altar server coordinator. 

Rich has served on the Zoning Board and as Immaculate Heart of Mary Worship and Altar Server Coordinator. He has been a Scotch Plains Fanwood Baseball League board member and coach, Scotch Plains Fanwood Soccer Association coach, PAL Football coach, and Fanwood Scotch Plains YMCA board member.  Both Rich and Pam feel their volunteerism has positively connected them with the community and afforded them the opportunity to meet, befriend and work with many dedicated residents of Scotch Plains.

The Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary Frazee House Inc. is a non-profit organization formed specifically for the restoration of the Gershom and Betty Frazee House. When Rotary International celebrated its Centennial in 2005, local Rotary Clubs were asked to organize a community project to fulfill an important, long-term need in their communities. Thus, the Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary Frazee House was born.  

The Frazee House is important for its place in New Jersey Revolutionary War History. It is a site along the Battle of the Short Hills Trail that started in Metuchen and ended 13 miles onward in Summit. It is where thousands of British and American troops both marched and fought on June 26, 1777. Legend tells of Aunt Betty Frazee's refusal to give British General Cornwallis her just baked bread. 

The plan for the Frazee House is to build an interactive historic site to educate the public about the social customs and traditions of the Revolutionary War period. It will focus on the architectural building techniques, the evolution of the site and landscape, and, of course, the Aunt Betty Frazee story.  

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