Our 2019 Honorees
Ray & Elsie Catena and
The Family of Dealerships
Chris Sullens, CEO, CentralReach
THE 2019 HUMANITARIAN GALA: A ROAD TRIP TO END HUNGER: RECAP
The 2019 Road Trip to End Hunger Humanitarian Gala raised 1.2 million meals in one night, exceeding the projected goal. The night was dedicated to honoring humanitarians Ray & Elsie Catena & the Ray Catena Family of Dealerships and Chris Sullens, CEO, CentralReach. This gala is the largest annual fundraiser for Fulfill, formerly the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties.
Setting a philanthropic mood for the night, Ray and Elsie Catena and the Family of Dealerships announced during the acceptance speech their donation of a Mercedes Benz Sprinter van, surprising those involved with the organization. The event was held at the newly renovated Sheraton of Eatontown and featured musical entertainment from Jeff Kazee & the House Cats featuring Mark Rivera. Guests of the sold-out event had the chance to bid on some exciting auction experiences, including a beautiful 9-bedroom vacation home on the banks of the North Carolina coast and a private captain navigated fishing trip and even cooking lessons with Joe Leone.
“Thanks to the support and generosity of our sponsors and honorees, we were able to raise enough money to provide 1.2 million meals for our neighbors. Chris Sullens’ generosity and the surprise donation of the Sprinter van from the Catena family took the evening beyond our expectations. The local Jersey Shore roadtrip theme carried throughout the night really focusing on our mission to end local hunger.” Said Diana Flippo, Strategic Gifts Manager.
Fulfill would like to thank this year’s incredible honorees, sponsors, the gala committee and board of trustees, as well as all of the staff and volunteers who came together to make this special night a success. Fulfill’s mission is to alleviate hunger and build food security in Monmouth and Ocean Counties, where 96 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to food and programs.
If you are interested in getting involved with next year’s Humanitarian Gala, please send email to Kate Irving at email@example.com.