FCS is proud to announce we will honor two outstanding volunteers, former FCS board member Kathy Goullet and former FCS Golf Classic co-chair, Ron Gillaspie, and our long-time community partner, Monmouth Park Race Track at the 2018 Leading Lights Gala, Saturday, October 27, 2018 at Navesink Country Club (NCC). The honorees were announced at a kick-off reception for the gala Thursday, August 2nd at Navesink hosted by gala committee co-chairs Madonna Goss Robinson and Tiffany Senft. Check out our photo gallery for more photos from the event!
Honoree Kathy Goullet, who recently stepped down from the FCS board of directors after eleven years of dedicated service, recalls she was first introduced to FCS through her children who participated in Operation Sleighbells while students at Rumson Country Day School. Later she was recruited to serve on the FCS gala committee, and in 2007, was named to the agency’s board of directors. During her tenure, Kathy served on the board’s programs and strategic planning committee, the agency advancement committee and as chair of the board development committee. In addition, she volunteered with Operation Sleighbells, served on gala committees and initiated a “Ladies Night Out” fundraiser at Lotus Way, the women’s boutique that she owns and operates in Fair Haven. Kathy was also an active volunteer with the Junior League of Monmouth County, the Alliance of Neighbors, 180 and the Fair Haven Business Association. A Rumson native and a graduate of Red Bank Catholic High School and New York University, Kathy says she is most proud of her four children and two beautiful grandchildren.
Honoree Ron Gillaspie has also been a long-time supporter of FCS, participating in the annual FCS Golf Classic for more than 15 years and co-chairing the event for ten years. The Golf Classic raises on average $40,000 each year to support FCS programs and services. Ron is particularly proud of the money raised to fund the agency’s Medicaid Application Assistance Program (MAAP) which helps people complete the complicated MLTSS application. A resident of Monmouth County for almost 30 years, Ron says he was drawn to FCS because it addresses the needs of the local community and money raised for the agency has a greater impact. An insurance executive with Alliant/Boynton in Fair Haven, Ron earned a BS degree in Business Administration at Montclair State University and holds an insurance producer license in New Jersey and Florida with a CIC (Certified Insurance Counselor) designation. He lives in Monmouth Beach with his wife Kathy and son, Ryan, who is following in his father’s footsteps to become a volunteer with the FCS Golf Classic.
The agency will also honor Monmouth Park Race Track for its contributions to FCS, most significantly, for its involvement with Operation Sleighbells. In 2015, FCS faced a critical problem: the agency was without a place to hold its annual holiday gift giving drive. FCS’s Long Branch office is too small to accommodate the large volume of toys, books, clothes and infant necessities collected during the month of December, and without additional space, the number of children served by Operation Sleighbells would have to be greatly reduced. Monmouth Park Race Track came to the rescue. They generously donated more than 5,000 square feet of heated, lighted space for our use so that our volunteers could sort and distribute the thousands of gifts we received. The park also donated tables, chairs, clothing racks and hangers, and when it snowed on distribution day, they shoveled the walks and plowed the parking lots to make it safe for everyone. This incredible donation, which has been made to us for the past three years, has enabled the agency to provide holiday joy to nearly 4,000 area children and their families.
The Leading Lights Gala is the agency’s largest annual fundraiser, proceeds of which are used to support essential community programs and services including protection for vulnerable adults, home care for the frail and elderly and school-based volunteer programs designed to promote childhood well-being. The ticketed event will include a cocktail hour, a 50-50 raffle, live and silent auctions, and dining and dancing to the music of New Life Crisis. To learn more about sponsorship, underwriting and ad journal opportunities or to receive an invitation to the Leading Lights Gala, contact FCS Director of Development Diane Gribbin at 732-222-9111 ext. 134 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow the Leading Lights Gala on Facebook at facebook.com/fcsgala.