MORRSITOWN, NJ - On Saturday December 24 at 3:30pm, Chris Cannon, owner of Jockey Hollow Bar and Kitchen will host a night of caroling, food and fun. 'Caroling for a Cause', in honor of Marla Drury, who passed away from cancer earlier this year, will take place in front of Jockey Hollow Bar and Kitchen on Christmas Eve. It is during the holiday times, that we appreciate all that we have, while giving to those that have less. Drury was director and community outreach for the Community Soup Kitchen and Outreach Center in Morristown. Cannon is asking everyone who attends to make a $20 donation to help support the Community Soup Kitchen.
Attendees will be serenaded with Christmas and holiday songs while enjoying hot chocolate, potato latkes and apple sauce.
"I first met Marla Drury a year before Jockey Hollow's journey began, to discuss the possibility of working with the Soup Kitchen to make the Restaurant's Opening an event to benefit the Homeless", wrote Cannon. "She and her partner Terry Connolly impressed me with their inherent decency, warmth, compassion and above all their humor and we were all incredibly successful in raising $50,000 on that wild and wonderful evening in 2014 when the Newark Color Guard's bagpipes anointed the restaurant's staircase. Over these last few years, the girls were regular patrons at the Vail Bar and we would always discuss how the Soup Kitchen was faring, if they would have to move etc. Marla never let anyone know that she was terminally ill because she never looked for approbation or credit. She was a truly beautiful and spiritually rich human being that we should honor and remember".
Cannon hopes to raise over $100,000 in her memory. As of Monday December 19, $9,825 has been raised.
"We are so grateful to Chris Cannon at JHBK for his generosity in organizing this event in honor of Marla", said Terry Connolly, executive director of the community soup kitchen. "Marla was an inspiration to our community and her work at the Soup Kitchen helped countless people. Chris' generosity in her honor is a perfect example of how a community can come together to help its most vulnerable members in a meaningful way.
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