An Evening by the Sea

While the ocean view was spectacular from the outdoor deck at Spring Lake Bath & Tennis Club, all eyes were on the speakers at a June 22nd evening get-together, graciously hosted by Tom and Betsy Ferguson of Spring Lake. Over 50 guests attended the event, enjoying food, drinks and a relaxing sea breeze. But the real focus of the evening was on FCS itself and its 14 diverse programs and services whose goal is to meet the needs of vulnerable people throughout Monmouth County. Delly Beekman, FCS CEO, and Paul Stach, FCS Board Chair, welcomed long-time supporters and many new friends, and then introduced Lisa Barnes, director of Adult Protective Services (APS). Lisa talked about this critically important program, whose purpose is to investigate possible cases of abuse, neglect and exploitation of vulnerable adults, 18 years and older, living in the community. Lisa presented in very general terms cases in which APS intervention resulted in protecting a vulnerable person from continued exploitation. As guests heard, such cases are not uncommon, especially among the elderly or individuals with disabilities. It was an informative evening for everyone, as staff also took the opportunity meet and greet guests and learn about their interests and community involvement. We are extremely grateful to Tom and Betsy Ferguson for their generosity in hosting the evening and inviting so many of their friends to attend. Not only is Betsy is a member of the FCS Fund Development Committee, but her mother, Mary Edith Moody, was a devoted FCS volunteer whose long-time service to agency is remembered to this day.