SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Elks #2298 sponsored a Night of Comedy fundraiser in December featuring New Jersey’s 'Bad Boy’ Mike Marino along with special guests to benefit ‘Wheels for Bri.’ The event was a huge success with more than 170 people in attendance. Special comedic guests Pam DeButts, Dr. John Kelly and Tim Belford were featured.

At the South Plainfield Borough Council’s Jan. 19 meeting, Past Exalted Ruler Ray Horvath, along with Peter Smith, past president of the New Jersey State Elks Association, and Margaret Williams, Tiler at the New Market Avenue lodge, presented South Plainfield mom Patricia Feeney with a check for $6,465.

Over the past year, organizations and individuals from South Plainfield and the surrounding communities have been rallying to support ‘Wheels for Bri’ and help Feeney, whose 6-year-old daughter Brianna was born with a rare disease known as Pallister Killian Syndrome (PKS). Due to the disease, Brianna is blind, non-verbal and unable to walk or crawl and, as a result, confined to a wheelchair.

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Fundraising events held throughout 2015 helped the Feeney family purchase a handicap-accessible minivan needed to transport Brianna. Monies raised at events such as the Elks-sponsored comedy night will help Feeney offset medical care and medical equipment expenses.

The South Plainfield Elks – along with Elks throughout the country and the state – are dedicated to helping those in need. The 501(c)(8) not-for-profit fraternal organization is not dedicated to one specific cause or group; the Elks dedicate their services and financial resources to help a variety of organizations and individuals, including but not limited to, special needs children.

 

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