SUMMIT, NJ - Reprising the event they established in 2017, Summit residents Dana and Ryan Felmet will once again host 'February Fun Fest', an annual charity fundraising evening that sees 100 percent of the monies raised benefiting designated charities. The Felmets are inviting the community to the 2020 edition of 'February Fun Fest', which will be held February 8, from 8 - 11 p.m., at the Summit Elks Lodge.
Sponsored by the couple themselves with their own funds, past beneficiaries have included Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, the YWCA of Union County, Cancer Research Institute, and Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The fun filled night which features guest speakers from each of the benefiting charities, light appetizers donated from local restaurants and businesses, raffle baskets donated by attendees and local businesses, and much more.
“Our community, family, and friends continue to show a remarkable sense of generosity and support to the event and its charitable causes. With their support, we have now raised more than $14,000 for charity and given back over $5,000 in gifts to our community since 2017,” said Ryan Felmet, the event Founder.
The 2020 event will feature food, music, gift baskets and games. Representatives from each charity will be in attendance and will make a brief presentation about their respective cause. This year, the event will benefit Cancer Research Institute, Brain & Behavior Research Foundation and Chron’s and Colitis Foundation. In addition to these organizations, the event sponsors will be supporting the Summit Elks organization programs benefiting special needs children through the Camp Moore program every summer, help for homeless veterans, and youth activities from the hoop shoot to drug awareness programs.
Attendees are encouraged to make a donation to one or more of the beneficiaries.
Alfred Massidas, CFO of Cancer Research Institute, who will attend the event for the third straight year, said in response to previous events, “It means so much to all of us at the Cancer Research Institute to be named a charity beneficiary of 'February Fun Fest'. Donations from the Felmet’s family, friends and the community help fuel our mission to save more lives with immunotherapy research.”
Ryan Felmet added, “My wife and I have close personal connections with people who are impacted by a variety of unfortunate circumstances, and we feel fortunate to be in a position to help make a difference. Important issues including uncured diseases, cancer, and mental illness, are just a few examples of why we are supporting organizations who are making a difference.”
Local businesses and vendors are encouraged to participate in the event. Those with questions, would like to donate, or are interested in sponsorship can visit FebruaryFunFest.org or contact Ryan Felmet at FebruaryFunFest@gmail.com.