VNA Beach Ball Lights Up A Late Summer Evening

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VNA Beach Ball Lights Up A Late Summer Evening

The seaside came alive with fun, food and music



On the balmy late summer evening of September 16, the VNA Health Group welcomed 700 guests to Chapel Beach Club in Sea Bright, NJ for the 2017 Beach Ball. Friends and supporters of the VNA reveled in the chance to cap off the season at the casual celebration in the sand, with the evening’s $400,00 net proceeds benefitting patients in need who rely on VNA Health Group’s broad array of community-based health programs.


Longtime VNA Board of Trustees Liz and Tom Thees were honored for their commitment and contributions to the organization.  Generous members of the VNA Health Group community for more than a decade and dedicated supporters of the VNA Hospice and Advanced Care Services and Bereavement Services, the Thees were also past recipients of the 2012 Judith Stanley Coleman Award for exceptional service in community health.  “We were flattered and touched to be recognized by the VNA Health Group and to be a part of this fantastic event”, said Liz Thees.  “It was wonderful to see so many friends and supporters of the VNA come together to enjoy an evening of fun and camaraderie and we are grateful for their generous support for this vital organization.”


“Throughout its storied history, the VNA Health Group has provided essential services to all members of the community, regardless of the ability to pay,” continued Tom.  "Liz and I are thankful that we are able to help continue this legacy of compassionate care in whatever ways we can."


“We were thrilled with the incredible response to the second VNA Beach Ball,” commented Bridget Murphy, Chief Philanthropy Officer at VNA Health Group.  “It was wonderful to see so many new faces as well as loyal friends enjoying a unique ocean front party while also helping to support members of their community who require care and assistance.”


Underneath a canopy of signature brightly colored beach balls, attendees enjoyed an array of gastronomic offerings from some of the area’s most popular food trucks, as well as renowned local restaurants, while sipping libations from the Cocktail Caravan.  As the stars began to sparkle in the night sky partygoers cozied up to the fire pit and danced the night away to the music of Rhythm Shop.


Lively bidding for over 70 silent auction items punctuated the evening featuring the most sought after tickets to shows such as Bette Midler in “Hello Dolly!”, “Dear Evan Hansen” and Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden as well as one of a kind artwork, and grandstand seats to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. 


Highlighting the night’s activities was a spirited live auction where bidders vied for exclusive offerings including tickets to Bruce Sprinsteen’s Broadway debut, a sweatshirt signed by The Boss, a luxurious vacation and a gourmet wine cellar dinner.


For the grand finale, Rumson resident Melissa Barnett was the lucky raffle ticket holder chosen to win the 2016 Rocky Ridge Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara 4x4.


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