VNA Beach Ball Returns

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VNA Beach Ball Returns

The seaside will come alive with fun, food and music to support Visiting Nurse Association Health Group’s mission of caring for those in need.



June 6, 2017 – On Saturday evening September 16, leave your dress shoes at home with your formal clothes and come feel the sand between your toes at the 2017 Beach Ball.  Chapel Beach Club in Sea Bright, NJ will once again welcome friends and supporters of the VNA for a fun and casual evening by the sea.  Longtime VNA Board Trustees Liz and Tom Thees will be honored for their commitment and contributions to the organization.  The evening’s proceeds will benefit patients in need who rely on VNA Health Group’s broad array of community-based health programs, providing vital preventive and primary health care as well as supportive services


The 2016 inaugural Beach Ball met with rave reviews.  Under a moonlit sky with brightly colored beach balls swaying in the breeze, a sell out gathering of 550 VNA Health Group supporters enjoyed the late summer evening in the sand while raising over $350,000 to benefit the organization’s programs and services.


“We were thrilled with the enthusiastic response to this new event,” said Jill Drummond who, along with her husband Jamie, joins Vanessa and Sandy Mulheren and Maryam and Jesse Spector as co-chairs of the Beach Ball.  “It truly was a magical evening under the stars, celebrating long time relationships and introducing new friends to the crucial mission of VNA Health Group.  The committee is looking forward to building on this great beginning and including even more fun surprises this year.”


Beach Ball attendees will enjoy an array of gastronomic offerings from some of the area’s most popular food trucks as well as renowned local restaurants ranging from mouthwatering barbeque, unique sliders and classic New Jersey corn, tomatoes and pork roll to decadent macaroni and cheese, sophisticated sushi and tempting ice cream concoctions.  Revelers can memorialize the night with pictures from the The Selfie Social photo station while sipping libations from the “ ‘Bellini and ‘Tini Bar” and the Cocktail Caravan. As the stars begin to sparkle in the night sky, partygoers can cozy up to the fire pit for s’mores and dance the night away to the music of Rhythm Shop.


“To add to the excitement and fun of the Beach Ball we are expanding our utilization of technology,” commented Sandy Mulheren.  “We now have a dedicated event website detailing all of the Beach Ball’s opportunities and information.”  In addition, a virtual online ad journal will be viewable on the website as well as mobile devices and display screens at the event.  Mulheren continued, “By providing online access to many of the interesting and entertaining features of the event, we are hoping to increase engagement with the Beach Ball and the VNA Health Group both by attendees and those who may not be able to join us this year.”


“Auction items will also be posted online previous to the evening of the event,” added Maryam Spector.  “The committee has secured a wide variety of silent and live auction items including unique experience packages, chic jewelry and sophisticated artwork.  Anyone can join in on the excitement and support the VNA, whether or not they attend the Beach Ball.” 


For the grand finale, one lucky raffle ticket holder will win a 2016 Rocky Ridge Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara 4x4.  A limited number of raffle tickets will be available for purchase throughout the summer months.  The Jeep will also be traveling to several popular local locations, including Chapel Beach Club and Sickles Market, where tickets may be purchased as well as by a downloadable form on the website and through the VNA Health Group Foundation office.  Follow the Jeep’s travels via the website and the VNA Health Group Facebook page, Twitter (@VNAHealthGroup) and Instagram (@vna_health_group) pages.


Honorees Liz and Tom Thees have been dedicated and generous members of the VNA Health Group community for more than a decade and were the recipients of the 2012 Judith Stanley Coleman Award in recognition of their exceptional service in community health.  Loyal supporters of the VNA Hospice and Advanced Care Services especially Bereavement Services, the Thees sponsored and hosted the annual Children and Family Day - Hearts of Remembrance annual grief support day at their Rumson home from 2008 – 2013.


Mrs. Thees has been a VNA Health Group Foundation Board Trustee for over 10 years and has served as Vice Chairman since 2016.  She served on the VNA Health Group Bereavement Committee that developed the creation of special “bereavement kits” for children who have experienced the loss of a loved one, generously sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Thees.  During her twenty years of volunteer service to the VNA, Mrs. Thees has played an integral role in VNA Foundation special events including the Stately Homes by-the-Sea Designer Show House and Holiday House Tours.


A trustee on the VNACJ Board of Trustees for 15 years, Mr. Thees assumed the role of Chairman of VNA Health Group in 2011-2012 following the passing of Judith Stanley Coleman.  As interim President and CEO in 2012, Mr. Thees’ financial acumen, ardent mission based resolve and energetic leadership was crucial to the organization during a time of enormous change and transition.  Mr. Thees is currently serving on the VNACJ Community Health Center Board of Trustees.


The Beach Ball will take place Saturday, September 16, 2017, 6:30 pm at Chapel Beach Club, Sea Bright, New Jersey.  Tickets for general/open seating are $275 per person.  Sponsorships, underwriting, ticket packages and specially priced reserve seating tickets are also available.  For more information visit or contact the Foundation Office at 732-224-6970.


VNA Health Group is proud to welcome CBRE Real Estate Advisory and Transaction Services as a Big Kahuna Sponsor of the 2017 Beach Ball.


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