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Toms River–United Way of Ocean County (UWOC) marked its 35th anniversary by honoring the men and women who have served as Board President at a Presidents’ Gala at Sea Oaks Country Club on September 22.
The 122 guests – including 12 honorees – joined Tom Hayes of New Jersey Natural Gas, Event Emcee and UWOC Board Member; current UWOC President Deborah Mathis, of Cowan, Gunteski & Co., P.A.; and President-Elect Nancy Eriksen, of Exelon Oyster Creek. All honorees received a proclamation from Congressman Jon Runyan thanking them for the impact they’ve made in Ocean County through their service as UWOC President.
“It’s important to recognize and commend the remarkable work that our UWOC Presidents have completed over our 35 year history – in their ‘free’ time,” said Linda Gyimoty, Executive Director of UWOC. “Their work built our organization from its earliest goals, to an organization that today funds programs that serve over 120,000 Ocean County residents. Each of these committed men and women generously created the resources and solutions that have positively impacted so many of our children, adults and families in need – for that we are extremely grateful.”
Guests enjoyed dinner and dancing, and bid on a spectacular assortment of more than 70 silent auction items. Exelon Oyster Creek, a dedicated business partner to UWOC, was the Diamond Sponsor for the Presidents’ Gala. The evening also saw the premiere of a video documenting the impact UWOC has had on the community since its inception.
Funds raised at the Presidents’ Gala, estimated at about $45,000, will help UWOC reach its $1.3 million goal for 2012 and will support the programs that address the highest priority needs of Ocean County residents while focusing on the building blocks of a good life: Education, Income, and Health.
About United Way of Ocean County (UWOC)
UWOC is an independent affiliate of United Way Worldwide, and is focused on advancing the common good by providing better opportunities for all. Through funds raised in workplace campaigns, fundraising events, foundation grant submissions, and gifts from local community leaders, UWOC funds the network of programs that can best address the education, income, and health-related issues in Ocean County– or provides the leadership to launch new initiatives that will. To learn more, visit www.uwocnj.org. Follow us on Facebook at United Way of Ocean County.