Woman’s Club hosts Fall Fest Gift Auction

The Lobster Shanty hosted this year’s Brielle Woman’s Club Fall Fest Gift Basket Auction, which raised over $4,000 for different charities.

BRIELLE — More than 160 women were given the opportunity to win dozens of gift baskets at the 2021 Brielle Woman’s Club Fall Fest Gift Basket Auction held last Thursday, Nov. 4. The event was hosted at the Lobster Shanty in Point Pleasant Beach. 

The money raised in the event goes towards many organizations around the shore area including Brielle’s fire department, first aid squad, boy scouts and New Jersey shelters for abused women. Some of the money raised will also go towards student scholarships. 

In addition to the auction, which raised over $4,000 this year, there was a 50/50 raffle, and the winner ended up winning about $3,400, according to Brielle Woman’s Club President Gail Harren. 


There were around 85 gift baskets being auctioned off, some of which included gift cards, treats, art and even a brand new bicycle. 

In past Fall Fest Auctions, guests had been treated to a full fashion show, using local stores’ clothing. However, this year they were shown the meticulous process of putting on a Japanese kimono. 

Cami Osi [left] and Joyce Raspanti [right] demonstrated the meticulous process of putting on an authentic Japanese kimono, and shared the nuance behind the kimono and its role in Japanese culture.

“It’s a two person job to put on a kimono it seems,” Ms. Harren told The Coast Star. “And it was best to not have the full fashion show, with changing clothes and close quarters [referring to COVID-19 precautions].” 

Joyce Raspanti, first vice president of Brielle’s Woman’s Club, was dressed in the kimono by Japanese culture expert Cami Osi. Ms. Osi also informed the crowd about the significance of a kimono in Japanese culture. A vintage, 100-year-old kimono was also displayed for the crowd to view. 

It was a huge success, it was enjoyed by everyone,” Ms. Harren said. “The beautiful prizes, people enjoyed it, it was a financial success.”


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