Social Butterfly – Sept/Oct 2010

FROM LEFT: Event sponsors included fashionistas Kerry Bennigan, Martina Genao, Melissa Lustbader, Monika Emad, Violetta Whittington, and Jennifer DuArte.

100 area women attended a charity fashion show hosted by Melissa Lustbader of Essex Fells to benefit the HUG Foundation and Strengthen Our Sisters Foundation. Bravo TV network filmed the private event for an upcoming new show, Pregnant in Heels with Rosie Pope, expected to air in October.

Save the Date:
October 2: Somerset Hills Handicapped Riding Center’s Equus XIX “A Night in New Orleans” at Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club in Bedminster. (908-439-9636,

Revving It Up for Charity

LEFT: Louise McNally , Michael McNally (emcee), and Dianne Ryan (honoree) participated in a turbo-charged evening. RIGHT: Jaimie Morais (honorary chair), Hank Brucker, and Laura Brucker. The benefit included a live auction and a lucky key giveaway: One winner drove home in a crimson-red BMW pace car

Dianne and Rod Ryan of Open Road Auto Group in Morristown were honored by Somerset Hills Handicapped Riding Center at an event that raised more than $180,000. To view more images of the event, click here.

Funding Excellence

FROM LEFT: Event committee members Jessica Freeman, Susann Connors, Jenn Snyder, Maureen Ohlmuller, Robin Schlager, Tessie Thomas, Lois Whipple, Diane Wilkin, Tracy Parsons, Jane Lopez, Cyndee Rowan, and Alex Kent. (Not pictured: Bobbi Brown, Eileen Painter, Janice Linaugh, Ellen McClenahan, and Margot Cochran.)

The Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence’s Bingo, Baskets, and Blush event at Bobbi Brown–the Studio in Montclair raised more than $40,000 to support teacher grants for Montclair public schools.

Boy Scouts Celebrate 100th Birthday

LEFT: Joseph Gonnella, director of finance services for the Boy Scouts of America, and his wife, Maria Rita, spent a sweet moment with TLC’s “Cake Boss,” Buddy Valastro of Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken. RIGHT: The Boy Scouts honored Frank D’Amelio, CFO of Pfizer, Inc., with a Distinguished Citizen Award. He is flanked by his wife and three children.

Nearly 700 guests met on Ellis Island for the 100th Anniversary Gala of the Boy Scouts of America, hosted by the New Jersey Patriots’ Path Council. Guests included distinguished corporate citizens from the Garden State and around the nation. To view more images of the event, click here.

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