One of the highlights of the year for Kiwanis Club of Old Bridge members is the annual Old Bridge Day festivities. This annual township celebration affords Kiwanis Club members a chance to provide a service to the township and is in keeping with the Kiwanis Club mission to help the children of the world one child and one community at a time.
The Kiwanis Club of Old Bridge has a new website. This site is equipped with the latest in web technologies. Some of the changes will include a blog where all of our club news will go from now on. All posts will be dated so it will be easier to keep organized and stay in touch with the latest club news. There is also a new automated contact form so whether you are an existing member, seeking new membership, or just want to drop us a line visit our contact page. We also have a new page with a calendar of our events. It will look similar to the old page with the google calendar but will have a listing of events as well so it is easier to keep track. Our new RSS feature will let you subscribe to new club news so you will never miss a post. This will give our followers instant delivery of new posts through an RSS reader or your E-mail client. There will also be an archive post which will have all of our old news from the old website. This will be coming soon so you could see all of the great memories we have and pictures of all our fun events.
Old Bridge Mayor Owen Henry reads the name of the person he selected as the first prize winner in the Kiwanis Club of Old Bridge August 24, 2013 drawing for New York Yankee box seats. Alison and Anthony Pusillo won four box seats to the Yanks’ Sept. 1 game against the Baltimore Orioles including admission to the Mohegan Sun Bar and Audi Club (Valued at $960). The second prize of two box seats (Valued at $200) for Mariano Rivera Day on Sept. 22 against the San Francisco Giants went to Lynn Goldberg. Also pictured are Kiwanis member Burton Wilkins (center), Kiwanis President Mary Spina and Kiwanis Treasurer Jackie Pfingstl (background right).
Kiwanis Club of Old Bridge President Mary Spina accepts an award from the Old Bridge Board of Education for her community involvement and formation of Kiwanis sponsored school clubs at McDivitt Elementary School, Carl Sandburg Middle School and Old Bridge High School. Pictured with her is eighth grade student Fabiano Jacobo (left), one of the students who created 15 wonderful centerpieces in wood shop for the Kiwanis Club Comedy Night, Carl Sandburg Principal Joe Marinzoli (back) and Board of Education and Kiwanis Club member Matt Sulikowski (right).
The Kiwanis Club of Old Bridge held its main fundraiser for the year on April 27 at Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh. Comedy Night 2013 featured three comedians, a tricky tray and fifty-fifty raffle. The affair proved to be a success as the pictures below will verify.
Kiwanis Club of Old Bridge President Mary Spina and Old Bridge Mayor Owen Henry at the Comedy Night 2013 fundraiser.
For the second consecutive Christmas, members of the Kiwanis Club of Old Bridge donated toys to sick children at St. Peter’s Hospital in New Brunswick. Pictured from left are prospective member Louis, Jacqueline Pfingstl, Santa (Bernie Zahran) and Diane and Andy Strus. Toys were distributed to children and their siblings not only in the pediatric care department, but also the emergency room and waiting areas. The surprise visit brought joy to many children who wouldn’t have otherwise enjoyed Christmas of 2012.
Congratulations to Marie Valo of Old Bridge for winning first prize in the 2012 Yankee Raffle Ticket fundraiser. Ms. Valo won four first class box seats with admission to Mohegan Sun Sports Bar and Audi Restaurant for the September 1 game against the Baltimore Orioles. Ms. Marilyn McMahon of Westfield was the second prize winner, earning two box seats to the Sept. 16 game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Kiwanis Club of Old Bridge raised $3,345.00 in this wonderful fundraiser. Thank you to everyone who participated for helping out the children of our communities through this fundraiser. Kiwanis Club of Old Bridge is always seeking ways and means to raise money to contribute to children’s charities. Thank you all!
Kiwanis Club of Old Bridge officers hold up a Hawaiian themed cake at the dinner mystery play fundraiser event hosted by the club last April. From left are President Mary Spina, Secretary Rose-Marie Saracino, Treasurer Andy Strus and Vice-President Shawn Lukac. Sayreville’s Main Street Players performed the play, “Murder on Maui.” Kiwanis made donations to Make-A-Wish Foundation, St. Jude’s Hospital and Ronald McDonald House from the fundraiser proceeds.
Kiwanis Club of Old Bridge President Mary Spina thanks Outback Steakhouse co-owner Evan Chizik for his and the restaurant’s generosity in hosting its December fundraising dinner. Outback, which sponsors several fundraisers for a number of different charities throughout the year in its budget, partnered with the Kiwanis Club of Old Bridge to make its affair a smashing success. The Kiwanis Club of Old Bridge raised $950 at the December dinner.
The Kiwanis Club of Old Bridge has begun to prove its place in benefitting Old Bridge. It has made charitable contributions to Make-A-Wish Foundation, Ronald McDonald House. Camp Robin, Township with a Heart, Old Bridge Adopt-an-Angel, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, the Old Bridge Food Bank, Camp Quality (for terminally ill children) and donated scholarships for Old Bridge students.
Under the tenure of President Mary Spina, the Kiwanis Club of Old Bridge has sponsored and created a Builder’s Club at Carl Sandburg Middle School and a newly formed Key Club at Old Bridge High School. Plans are in the works to include a Builder’s Club at Jonas Salk Middle School in the near future.
The Kiwanis Club of Old Bridge is very proud to accept Outback Steakhouse of Old Bridge as a partner in its desire to help children in the Old Bridge community. The club would like to acknowledge the tremendous generosity of co-owner Evan Chizik and the Outback organization.