Family & Children’s Service Announces Honorees
For its 2014 Fall Gala, Blue Danube


Blue Danube Co-Chairs and Honorees from left to right:
Debbie O’Donoghue, Blue Danube Co-Chair; Avis McMillon, Director of Communications & Public Relations, Brookdale Community College; Maureen Lloyd, Board President, Monmouth Park Charity Foundation; Nina Riccio, former FCS Board member and Taphy Harscar, Blue Danube Co-Chair.

FCS is proud to announce that it will honor Brookdale Community College, the Monmouth Park Charity Fund and former FCS Board member Nina Riccio of Little Silver at the agency’s 2014 fundraising gala, “Blue Danube”, Saturday, October 25th at the Navesink Country Club.

“We are pleased to be able to recognize our three honorees for their outstanding contributions to the community,” says FCS CEO Delly Beekman. “Each of them has played a vital role in helping Family & Children’s Service carry out our mission to serve people at vulnerable times in their lives through education, intervention, care and counseling. Their support is critical to the success of our 105 year-old agency.”

FCS ANNOUNCES 2014 BLUE DANUBE GALA HONOREESFCS and Brookdale Community College have had a strong, working relationship for more than 15 years. Brookdale students, faculty and staff have generously supported FCS programs and services, collecting and donating items for our Reading Buddies Backpack project, Prom Boutique and Operation Sleighbells, volunteering at the FCS Thrift Boutique and offering professional support and services to FCS nurses, Certified Home Health Aides and staff. Conversely, FCS’s professional staff have many times guest lectured for Brookdale students and presented at special Brookdale events, including the school’s annual Women’s Conference. FCS CEO Delly Beekman managed the college’s community program “Leadership Shore” on the campus for many years.

Similarly, the Monmouth Park Charity Fund (MPCF) has been instrumental in the support of FCS for more than a half century. Since its founding 66 years ago, the MPCF has raised and donated nearly $9 million to over 100 non-profits throughput Monmouth County, including FCS. Its mission is to support non-profit agencies in Monmouth County that provide services related to health, those at risk in the community, and those in need of special services – is a perfect partnership to the FCS mission.

Little Silver resident Nina Riccio has been a long and valued member of the FCS family. Her volunteer service, including board membership, spans over two decades where she provided support in several key leadership positions. She has served as Gala chair more than six times, including FCS’s centennial celebration in 2009, generating hundreds of thousands of dollars in funds in support of agency programs and services. Nina was also responsible for acquiring one of the largest single gifts to FCS which helped sustain FCS through many challenging years. Nina continues to be a staunch advocate for the agency and the clients it serves.

This year’s gala, co-chaired by Taphy Harscar of Rumson and Debbie O’Donoghue of Little Silver, will include an evening of cocktails, dinner, and dancing to the popular band New Life Crisis. In addition, guests will enjoy live and silent auctions featuring hundreds of donated luxury items, including original oil paintings, fine jewelry, catered dinner parties, tickets to professional sporting and entertainment events and lavish vacation packages. To receive an invitation, contact FCS Director of Development Diane Gribbin at 732-222-9111 ext. 134 or email at To learn more about sponsorship, underwriting and ad journal opportunities that both help fund our mission and recognize our honorees, please visit the FCS website at and on Facebook at


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