SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- More than 230 local residents turned out on Friday evening for the 27th annual Mayor's Gala at the Shackamaxon Country Club while raising money for the historic Frazee House.
Emceed by David Webb Mangan, a radio host on SiriusXM Patriot 125, the event honored local residents for their commitment to volunteerism:
- Vincent Losavio, Male Volunteer of the Year, a charter member of Scotch Plains-Fanwood UNICO and a member of the Italian Festival Executive Committee who also starts the Scotch Plains Business Association 50 years ago.
- Paulette Coronato, Female Volunteer of the Year, whose numerous service endeavors includes many years as a longtime member of the Planning Board.
- Rich and Pam Duthie, Couple Volunteer of the Year, who have both served on numerous capacities in township government, youth sports, and their church.
- The Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary Frazee House (Organization of the Year), a non-profit organization whose mission is to restore the Gershom and Betty Frazee House, a homestead of importance in New Jersey Revolutionary War history.
The evening included a cocktail hour, dinner, music by Chris Waryn of Baby Grand Entertainement, a silent auction and tricky trays. The Gala Committee consisted of:
- Liz Mangan
- Margaret Heisey
- Colleen Gialanella
- Steve Goldberg
- Pat Kane
- Michele Polhamus
- Mayor Al Smith
Gold sponsors of the evening were: Ashbrook Care & Rehabilitation; Bramnick Law; Dr. Andrew & Paulette Coronato; DiFrancesco Bateman; Harbor Consultants; Mott, McDonald; Pinnacle Risk Solutions. Raffle sponsors were Adler's Jewelry and David Webb Mangan. Table sponsors were Caffrey Tree Service; Checchio Family; EKA Associates; Flight Line Financial; FSP Rotary; Mayor Al Smith; Polahmus Family; Rossi Funeral Home; Sage Point Financial; and Scotch Plains Republican Committee.