SUMMIT, NJ - A little rain didn’t deter the joyous spirit as friends and supporters of the Colonial Crossroads Chapter of the American Red Cross came together this weekend for Oktoberfest.

All proceeds from the event support the American Red Cross.

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The Colonial Crossroads Chapter of the American Red Cross Oktoberfest is a way for the local community to enjoy an evening with Red Cross volunteers and learn more about the organization and help raise money and awareness of all the Red Cross does.

The Colonial Crossroads Chapter has served the residents of Berkeley Heights, Chatham Borough, Chatham Township, East Hanover, Florham Park, Long Hill Township, Madison, New Providence, Springfield and Summit since 1917.

“The Red Cross has done so much with all of the disasters in the state of New Jersey as well as the country, and a charity event like Oktoberfest helps bring needed funds to the organization,” said Terry Turko, co-chairman of the Colonial Crossroads Chapter. “What people need to realize is that if your house burned down and you did not have a place to go, the Red Cross would be there to help you find shelter.”

Although best known for disaster relief, the Red Cross does much more. The Colonial Crossroads Chapter, for example, hosts programs committed to disaster prevention. Through its Be Red Cross Ready program, participants learn specific steps that can be taken to be prepared for an emergency; through its Health and Safety program, many people are trained in life-saving skills such as CPR and AED, first aid, water safety, babysitting training, and dog and cat first aid.

The business community of Summit and the surrounding towns sponsored and donated items to the event. Guests were treated to traditional German food such as bratwurst, sauerkraut, and potatoes, with cold beer on tap to wash it down. Kings Supermarkets, Inc. of Short Hills provided the wine for guests. The Fire House Polka Band of Red Bank and the Bayern Verein Newark dance group provided the entertainment. A silent auction featured items donated by individuals and local businesses.

Celgene Corporation of Summit, Investors Bank of Summit, Great Swamp Greenhouses of Gillette, Barth’s Market of New Providence and Marco Polo Restaurant and Tavern Inc. of Summit were some of the many business establishments that took part in the Oktoberfest.

During the Colonial Crossroads Chapter of the American Red Cross Oktoberfest former New Providence Mayor Al Morgan and Jerome B. Zeldis, CEO of Celgene Global Health was honored for their work in their communities. When asked why he believes in the American Red Cross, Morgan remembered their help and efficiency during Hurricane Floyd, and how instrumental the ARC had been to locating the 9/11 monument in Centennial Park.

For more information about the American Red Cross or how to become a volunteer or donate, visit the Colonial Crossroads Chapter of the American Red Cross website at www.ccnjredcross.org