SUMMIT, NJ – Inboxes and mailboxes can become filled with invitations to myriad fundraisers, especially during the holiday season.

The Overlook Auxiliary, a volunteer nonprofit whose mission is to cultivate a compassionate and comforting environment throughout the medical center community through active volunteering and imaginative fundraising, is taking a creative approach to its call for support.

Enter the 'Phantom Ball'. Or should it be exit the 'Phantom Ball'? The answer is that the "Phantom Ball" is more illusion than confusion, as the Auxiliary's Dec. 1 "event" is not really an event at all, but rather "the most comfortable fundraiser in which you will ever participate."

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That is because those supporting the Auxiliary through the "Phantom Ball'" don’t have to purchase a dress or a tux, wear uncomfortable shoes, stand on their feet all night, or arrange a babysitter because there is no event. Rather the "Phantom Ball" is an opportunity to spend an evening with friends and family – just doing what they want to do – while contributing to an amazing cause. 

The first-ever edition of what is planned to be a bi-annual event, the "Phantom Ball" will benefit children, adolescents and teens within the Overlook Medical Center Community. The donations will be applied to the following areas:

  • Healthstart Clinic, a full-service obstetrics, gynecology, and pediatric center that provides comprehensive medical care for underserved women and children in our community. Providing a new book at the beginning of a well-child visit and promoting meaningful positive literacy practices for the child.

  • Holiday parties for pediatric patients, bring holiday magic to patients and their families.

  • Camp Clover, a bereavement camp for kids and teens who have lost someone close to them.  

  • Eating Disorder Program for Adolescents and Teens.

The Overlook Auxiliary is a nonprofit founded in 1916. It has about 300 members. 

To learn more and make a donation, visit oaux.org.