FCS to Recognize Three Honorees At October 5th Gala

Family & Children’s Service to Honor Ranney School,
The Guttenplan Family Foundation and Arlene Lospinoso
At October 5th Gala
“An Evening of Southern Elegance”

LONG BRANCH, NJ, June 5, 2013 – Family & Children’s Service (FCS), whose mission is to serve people at vulnerable times in their lives through education, intervention, care and counseling, will honor two local organizations and one individual for their outstanding contributions to the community during the agency’s fall fundraising gala, “An Evening of Southern Elegance”, Saturday, October 5th at the Navesink Country Club. This year’s award recipients, announced during a recent Gala kick-off event at Navesink Country Club, will include 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.

“We are pleased to recognize our three honorees for their contributions to our 104-year-old agency and the more than 18,000 clients we serve every year,” says FCS CEO Delly Beekman. “But more importantly, we would like to acknowledge their contributions to the entire Monmouth County community, especially in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. By giving generously of their time, resources and talent, each of our honorees enabled us to fulfill our mission to meet the needs of the most vulnerable in the community. We are grateful for their service and support.”

This year’s gala will be co-chaired by Bill and Jill Gemmel of Middletown, Bob and Susan Sorokolit of Rumson and Edward and Patty DeFabio, also of Rumson. Debbie O’Donoghue, Chair of the FCS Board of Directors and her husband John, both of Little Silver, will serve as honorary chairs of the event. Gala organizers are planning a festive 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. Rumson event planner Jayni DiMisa will again provide all the centerpieces and decorations for the Southern-themed event, and Chef John Murphy of Navesink Country Club will create a menu of elegant Southern fare.

As the largest fundraiser of the year, the Gala also serves as an opportunity to showcase the good work of the agency and highlight those individuals and organizations that have contributed to its success.

The Ranney School community played a large part in resuscitating the FCS Thrift Boutique after it was badly damaged during Sandy. The storm flooded the store’s interior, completely destroying the contents including all the donated inventory and supplies. After a grant from the Robin Hood Foundation enabled the agency to rebuild, the RSPA, along with a group of Ranney students known as The Rockin’ Angels, conducted a school-wide clothing drive to replenish the boutique’s inventory. Ranney students, administrators, faculty and staff from the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools donated thousands of clothing items, allowing the Boutique to reopen in February and begin generating much-needed revenue for vital agency programs. In recent years, the Ranney community has also offered support for its Children’s Boutique, Prom Boutique and Operation Sleighbells, the agency’s annual holiday giving drive.

Patsy and Jack Guttenplan’s family home in Little Silver was also severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy, rendering it uninhabitable. But despite their losses, the couple, through their family’s Guttenplan Family Foundation, has continued to be a generous supporter of the agency, and has contributed thousands of dollars to the Annual Fund, Gala and golf events in support of agency programs and services. In addition, Patsy Guttenplan has served on the FCS Board of Directors and as a member of the Gala Committee.

Arlene Lospinoso began her volunteer career at FCS as a member of the Phalanx Auxiliary, where she served as a liaison to the FCS Board of Directors. The following year, Arlene was nominated to the Board as a full member and served for more than 20 years, including two as president, before retiring this past year. She and her husband Maurice initiated FCS’s “Day at the Races” at Monmouth Park and are lifelong supporters of the Monmouth Park Charity Fund. Arlene continues to be a staunch advocate for the agency and the clients it serves.

To receive an invitation to An Evening of Southern Elegance, contact FCS Director of Development Diane Gribbin by phone at 732-22-9111 ext. 134 or email at dgribbin@fcsmonmouth.org. 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 www.fcsmonmouth.org and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FCSGala.

About Ranney School

Founded in 1960 and serving more than 820 boys and girls, Beginners (age 3) through grade 12, Ranney School is an independent, college preparatory day school located in historic Tinton Falls, New Jersey. Under its motto “knowledge, vision, honor,” Ranney School strives to provide an exceptional academic experience in which every child is known and valued. It emphasizes modern methods of instruction, small class sizes and traditional educational values. For more information, please call Ranney School at 732-542-4777 or visit www.ranneyschool.org.