Collier Youth Services to Honor Schoor Family Foundation and Bill Rubenstein at May 10 Gala, “A Time and Place for Us”

Collier Youth Services, a non-profit organization that provides educational, residential, and recreational programs to young people in need, will host its annual fundraising Gala on Thursday, May 10, from 6:30-10:30 p.m. at Addison Park in Aberdeen.

This year’s Gala is entitled, “A Time and Place for Us,” representing Collier’s longstanding service of children, teenagers, and young adults living with a variety of challenges. During the Gala, Collier proudly will honor the Schoor Family Foundation and Bill Rubenstein, managing member of Rubenstein Properties.

Gala proceeds will support Collier’s non-profit mission to empower at-risk youth to grow toward their potential in an environment that promotes belonging, dignity, and hope. This mission is built on an unwavering belief in the worth and potential of all individuals and their capacity for change. Based in Wickatunk, New Jersey, Collier operates Collier School, Kateri Programs, and the Collier Residential Program.

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According to Sister Debbie Drago, executive director of Collier Youth Services, the Schoor Family Foundation and Bill Rubenstein have been long-time supporter of Collier’s initiatives. “Whether it be Collier High School, Collier Middle School, Kateri Day Camp, or our residential program for young women,” Sister Debbie shares, “the Schoor Family Foundation and Bill Rubenstein have recognized the life-changing impact of Collier’s services.

“Over many years, the Schoors and Rubensteins have contributed valuable time and donations to Collier,” Sister Debbie continues, “because they have seen first-hand how Collier empowers young people of all abilities and backgrounds to develop skills for achieving independence and pursuing a healthy, fulfilled life. Collier’s work is universal, in support of at-risk, underprivileged youth. Investments from the Schoor Family Foundation and Bill Rubenstein, and from those who support our Gala fundraiser, enable Collier to continue uplifting vulnerable children and teenagers from Monmouth County and across New Jersey.”

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The lead sponsor of Collier’s 2018 Gala is Woodhaven Lumber. Other key sponsors are Greenberg Traurig, LLP (Shepherd Sponsor), Rubenstein Properties (Shepherd Sponsor), and Lennar (Benefactor Sponsor). Additional sponsorships are available from $1,000 to $10,000.

Ad journal opportunities are priced from $4,000 to $200. Gala tickets are $225 each and include hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, dinner, and live entertainment by Mission Dance. The Gala will feature a 50/50 raffle, with tickets priced at $50 each, as well as a silent auction.

To make purchases or for more information, please visit the Web Site for 501 auctions/cys or contact Mary at 732-946-4771, ext. 213, or

Since 1927, Collier Youth Services has provided unique and dynamic programs that assist young people and their families in building life skills to overcome adversity, heal from past trauma, and grow toward their potential. While Collier continues to evolve its services, one thing remains constant: a commitment to nurturing the potential of each person and honoring individual worth.

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Photo of Gala Committee

Seated (L-R): Nancy Brannegan, Georgiana Ryan, and Fay Colligan (all co-chairs)

Standing (L-R): Dianne Baccala, Eve DeCarlo, Mindy Guzzone, Angela Ricciuti, Mary Beth Ober, Marcela Tomasetta, Dena Weinstein, Peg Mooney, and Joanne Martyn

Additional committee members (not in the photo): Aurelia Cristofano, Robin Hirsh, Laura Maguire, Karen Stackhouse, and Debbie Zazulka

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