SOMERVILLE, NJ - More than one dozen Somerville-area restaurants will provide the food and tastings at "The Spirit of St. John’s" event on Oct. 17th that will honor eight Somerset County citizens and community organizations for their tireless efforts and untold contributions to area life.

“The Spirit of St. John’s event will honor valued internal and external partners who have helped support the mission work of our beloved parish,” said the Rev. Canon Ronald Pollock, rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church. “It will be awarded to those who have participated with St. John’s to improve the lives of people who live locally and globally in a myriad of ways.  In this parish, relationships are paramount, especially when we consider our baptismal vows, ‘to seek and serve Christ in all persons loving our neighbor a ourselves.’”  

The congregation will honor:

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Rich Aquitato, Owner, Wayne’s Wash World II, the host of St. John’s Laundry Love;

Brian Gallagher, Somerset County Freeholder;

Paul Grzella, Interim Director of the Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board, and a coordinator of St. John’s Laundry Love ministry;

Interfaith Community Action Network (I.C.A.N.): Dr. Ali Chaudry, Islamic Society of Basking Ridge, Basking Ridge; Rabbi Arnold Gluck, Temple Beth El, Hillsborough; and the Rev. Todd Buurstra, North Branch Reformed Church, Bridgewater.

Samaritan Homeless Interim Program (SHIP), Tom O’Leary, Executive Director, and Michael Brown, Soup Kitchen Director;

Somerville Women’s Civic League, Leigh McLachlan, President;

The Rt. Rev. William H. Stokes, Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey;

Dr. Kathleen C. Toomey, Regional Cancer Care Associates, The Steeplechase Cancer Center, Robert Wood Johnson Hospital.

The Spirit of St. John’s will be held in the handicapped-accessible parish hall, 158 W. High St., Somerville, from 5-8 p.m.  

Another highlight of the evening will be a silent auction featuring a wide array of precious items and services.

Tickets are limited and are $50 per person. Contact Pollock at 908-722-1250. or online at