You’re Invited to the 2018 Leading Lights Gala

The 2018 Leading Lights Gala Committee

The Leading Lights Gala committee cordially invites you to join them on Saturday, October 27, at Navesink Country for the annual Leading Lights Gala, celebrating 109 years of Family & Children’s Service (FCS) and honoring our 2018 “Leading Lights”, Kathy Goullet, Ron Gillaspie and Monmouth Park Race Track. Tickets to the event may be purchased online at accel events or by contacting FCS Director of Development Diane Gribbin at 732-22-9111 ext. 134 or at

The Leading Lights Gala, this year co-chaired by Tiffany Senft of Fair Haven and Madonna Goss Robinson of Shrewsbury, is the agency’s largest fundraiser of the year. Proceeds raised support essential services in the community including home care for the frail and elderly, financial management services for adults with physical, mental health and developmental disabilities, and protective services for vulnerable adults. Tickets to the event include a cocktail hour, dinner and dancing to the music of New Life Crisis. In addition, guests will have the opportunity to take a chance on a 50-50 raffle and bid on dozens of luxury items and unique experiences featured in the live and silent auctions. You can preview some of the items here!

Tiffany Senft and Madonna Goss Robinson

The evening will also include recognition of the agency’s 2018 Leading Lights. Former FCS board member Kathy Goullet is being honored for eleven years of dedicated service to the agency. Before stepping down earlier this year, Kathy served on the board’s programs and strategic planning committee, the agency advancement committee and as chair of the board development committee. 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 of those years. (The Golf Classic raises on average $40,000 a year for the agency.) Monmouth Park Race Track is also being recognized for its contributions to FCS’ signature program, Operation Sleighbells. For three years, the track has donated more than 5,000 square feet of heated, lighted space for our use during the annual holiday giving drive, enabling the agency to provide holiday joy to nearly 4,000 area children and their families.