SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The 29th annual Scotch Plains Mayor’s Charity Gala at Shackamaxon Country Club on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, drew a crowd of about 250 attendees and helped raise more than $12,000. Proceeds from the event are donated to charities chosen by each of the honorees. A portion of the money will be donated to the Scotch Plains Municipal Alliance, an organization dedicated to providing substance abuse prevention programs, activities, and education in the communities of Scotch Plains and Fanwood.

The honorees for the evening were:

  • Female Volunteer of the Year: Kelly Price
  • Male Volunteer of the Year: Dr. Jim Checchio
  • Volunteer Organization of the Year: Patrick’s Downtown Race to Summer Committee

Additionally, Weston Fischer, Kyle Brainard, and Max LeBrun were honored for their volunteer efforts as peer leaders with the Wolves Basketball Academy, which provides a friendly and fun environment for children with special needs to learn the fundamentals of basketball and experience playing on a team. 

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“I am proud to know all of all our honorees and am grateful for the selfless service, commitment and dedication to our community,” said Mayor Al Smith. “I have witnessed their contributions first hand and can say they are more than worthy of this honor. Jim has been an active and dedicated supporter of the renovation of the Frazee House, Kelly volunteers her time each week at our Senior Café, and the Patrick’s Downtown Race to Summer Committee has brought one of the most popular events we offer to our downtown while raising money for various local charities.” is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily local news source. Sign up for our free daily eNewsletter and “Like” us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.