Annual Gala

Family & Children’s Services Annual Gala is the highlight of the agency’s year. Every fall, friends, family and supporters of FCS gather to celebrate the good work of the agency in the Community and the assistance it provides to more than 18,000 clients each year.
The event is also the agency’s largest fundraiser. In 2013, the Gala raised more than $125,000 for FCS, thanks in huge part to the volunteers who serve on our Gala Committee. Volunteers are always welcome. Contact FCS Development Director Diane Gribbin at dgribbin@fcsmonmouth if you’re interested in becoming involved with this worthwhile event.

Mark your Calendars!
This year’s 2014 Gala “The Blue Danube” is set for Saturday, October 25th
at the Navesink Country Club. Details to Follow. For more information,
follow our FCS Gala Facebook Page at FCSGala

2014 Gala "The Blue Danube" - Saturday, October 25

See photos from our 2013 Gala, An Evening of Southern Elegance

2013 Annual Gala 2013 Honorees

Our 2013 Gala Honorees (left to right) Ariel and Patsy Guttenplan of The Guttenplan Family Foundation; Former FSC Board member and president, Arlene Lospinoso; and Mimi Rogers, Tina Pflaster and Montana Pflaster, representing Ranney School and the Ranny School Parents Association (RSPA).

In keeping with tradition, FCS will honor one individual and two organizations for their outstanding service to our agency and the community: Ranney School, an independent, college preparatory day school located in Tinton Falls and the Ranney School Parent’s Association (RSPA); the Guttenplan Family Foundation, who has generously supported the agency for many years; and longtime FCS Board member and former Board president, Arlene Lospinoso of Middletown. Learn More

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FCS 2013 Gala Committee Co-Chairs

Our 2013 Gala Committee Co-Chairs (l-r) Jill Gemmel, Susan Sorokolit & Patty DeFabio


Our 2013 Gala Committee

Our 2013 Gala Committee

View photos from our 2013 Gala kick off

View a copy of our 2012 Gala Ad Journal

Gala Co-chairs

Gala Co-chairs Jill Gemmel (center seated left) and Ursula Atkinson (center, seated, left) seated with members of the 2013 Gala Committee at Navesink Country Club.

The 2012 Gala Committee recently held an Asian-themed kick-off breakfast at Navesink Country Club. Learn more.

FCS 2012 Gala Committee Asian-themed Kick-Off

FCS Board of Directors Chair, Debbie O’Donoghue (l) with 2012 Gala Committee Co-Chairs Ursula Atkinson and Jill Gemmel, and FCS President & CEO Vince D’Elia (r)

View photos from the 2012 Gala kick-off event.

The 2011 Gala Committee

The 2011 Gala Committee

“Under A Tuscan Moon” raises $128,000 for Family & Children’s Service
Annual Gala Honors Long-standing FCS Board Members and Community Leaders

Long Branch, NJ, Nov. 9, 2011 – More than 200 friends, family and supporters of Family & Children’s Service (FCS), Monmouth County’s oldest non-profit agency, braved the early winter snowstorm Saturday, October 29, to dine and dance the night away at the FCS’s annual gala “Under a Tuscan Moon” at Deal Golf & Country Club, raising $128,000 for the century-old agency. The annual event, the largest fundraiser of the year, supports FCS’s wide array of programs and services including child literacy, Medicare assistance, home health care and adult protective services. Read more.

To view photos from our 2011 Gala, Under A Tuscan Moon, click here.

To view our 2011 Gala Ad Journal, click here.

To download a printable copy of our 2011 Gala Ad Journal, click on our 2011 Ad Journal

To watch our tribute video to our 2011 Lifetime Service Award honorees, click here