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$2.5 Million Raised for Multiple Sclerosis Center

The rain from Hurricane Irma couldn’t stop the annual fundraiser, An Evening in the Vineyards, held on September 15, 2017 at CentraState’s Star and Barry Tobias Ambulatory Campus in Freehold. Nearly 500 guests attended this annual event which benefited the Linda E. Cardinale Multiple Sclerosis Center.

Left to right: Francis Dukes; Crystal (Cardinale) Dukes, An Evening in the Vineyards Honorary Co-Chair; Nick Ponzio and Janine Ponzio.

Left to right: Francis Dukes; Crystal (Cardinale) Dukes, An Evening in the Vineyards Honorary Co-Chair; Nick Ponzio and Janine Ponzio.

The evening opened with a National Anthem performance from “The 9/11 Singing Policeman and the Voice that Healed a Nation” tenor Opera singer, Daniel Rodriquez; a welcome from Rennie Rankin, one of the Wellness Program patients at the MS Center and a surprise honoree presentation to the hostess of the Gordon Stillwell Tasting Room and a Leading Lady in Monmouth County, Carol Stillwell. 

The merriment included seventy-nine wine samplings plus craft beers and spirits from a host of local distributors arranged by Max’s Beer Wine & Liquor. The exquisite fare accompanying the samplings was provided by local restauranteur Rob Kash and his staff at Metrolpolitan Café/On Location Catering Services, Great Restaurants, Inc.  A gift auction, wine toss and serenading music provided entertainment for guests at this spectacular event. Sponsors of the event included Aetna Better Health of New Jersey, Qualcare, VNA HealthGroup, CentraState’s Medical & Dental Staff, Biogen, BriovaRx, Freehold Radiology – A Princeton Radiology Practice, Laurita Winery, Liberty Pain Center, The Spano Family Charitable Foundation, Inc., and CentraState’s newest community partner Ashley Home Store of Central New Jersey and Staten Island.

 Guests enjoyed The Gordon Stillwell Tasting Room, which featured four rare wines of the Napa Valley, distinct food pairings and a live auction hosted by Carol Stillwell.

Guests enjoyed The Gordon Stillwell Tasting Room, which featured four rare wines of the Napa Valley, distinct food pairings and a live auction hosted by Carol Stillwell.

The event has raised $2.5 million for The Linda E. Cardinale Multiple Sclerosis Center over the past sixteen years.  The MS Center is the largest center of its kind in the metropolitan area and now sees over 2,000 patients annually and performs over 150 infusions monthly. The MS Center offers diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, patient and family support, a 12-week MS Wellness Program and a Graduate Wellness program for those living with Multiple Sclerosis.

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