Colts Neck PBA Local 333 hosted its third annual Steak and Smoke fundraising event on June 1, 2017 at Colts Neck Fire Company No.1 on Route 537. The four-hour event was held to help the PBA raise funds which are then used to support a number of in-town scholarships and youth groups, as well as a number of charities that the local supports. Morgan Savage and Rich Zarrillo were co-chairs of the event.
Detective Zarrillo noted that this year the attendance topped 330. “This was an opportunity for members of the community, a number of our sponsors and our PBA membership to interact and have a good time while helping support our fundraising efforts.” A gift auction with close to 100 items including golf outings, dinners, electronics, sporting event tickets and many more, as well as a 50/50 raffle were all part of the event.
“Upon entering the event, attendees were given a PBA string-bag that contained their cigar pack that was purchased through Smokers Haven in Lincroft (who also donated a number of gift items), a humidipak courtesy of Boveda and a list of our sponsors and their contact information. We also had a number of items in the bags from our sponsors to help promote their businesses. Those items included drink koozies, pens, a number of business cards and some attendees may have received other items. We rely on our sponsors heavily to make this event a success and helping them get their name out is part of their sponsorship,” said Detective Zarrillo.
Members of Marlboro, Holmdel, Howell, Long Branch, the Monmouth County Prosecutors Office and members of PBA 50 attended. In addition to local police, there were also large groups represented from the Long Branch FMBA, responders from Perth Amboy and a NYC contingent from both the NYPD and the FDNY, noted Detective Zarrillo.
“We are very fortunate to have the support of the Colts Neck residents and local businesses, as well as a number of outside supporters that help make the event the success that it is and was. We look forward to planning our next event.”
Detective Zarrillo emphasized that although the event committee included himself, Morgan Savage, Todd Mayer and Brian Caswell, “We have the support of our entire local to help make the event a success.”
Some of the charities Local 333 supports throughout the year are Colts Neck High School Scholarship Program; Howard Camden Scholarship; Robert Morris Scholarship; Colts Neck High School ROTC Program; Colts Neck High School Project Graduation; Marine Corps League-Reynolds Detachment; National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund; St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital; Colts Neck Drug and Alcohol Alliance; Colts Neck Sports Foundation; Colts Neck Recreation Department; NJSPBA Survivor and Welfare Fund; Joan Dancy & Pals Foundation for ALS; Police Unity Tour; and a number of other donation requests that are sent to them for consideration.
*Photo credit: Colts Neck PBA