POINT PLEASANT BEACH — The Woman’s Club of Point Pleasant held its biannual gift auction and luncheon on Sunday, Oct. 8 at the Lobster Shanty on Channel Drive.
In a simultaneous celebration of sisterhood, the Woman’s Club held a gift auction of over 140 gifts, baskets and packages in early October. Each of the dozens of baskets, replete with gifts, was donated by a club member.
A total of 193 guests bid on gifts up for grabs, which were auctioned off by auctioneer Nancy Ricca. They included such eclectic items as pillows, an American Girl doll, bottles of wine, kids’ electronics, a hoverboard and a plethora of local business gift cards. The club had also solicited donations of gift cards from numerous local businesses, which ended up as their own prizes alongside the donated baskets.
Rosemarie House, the former president and current financial secretary of the Woman’s Club of Point Pleasant, said that, despite its name, the organization serves communities throughout the region, with members from towns such as Brick, Toms River, Manchester and Lacey in the sisterhood.
“We cover Beach, Boro and the surrounding area,” she said. “We even have people from Toms River who are members.”
Although the emphasis was on guests having a good time, the gift auction and luncheon’s proceeds were donated to several charities with which the Woman’s Club has a working relationship. One of its beneficiary charities, the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation, is part of a larger project shared among the state of New Jersey’s various women’s clubs.
“We do a lot of work every two years for a different special state project—that would be all women in the state of New Jersey—and this year our special state project is Emmanuel Cancer,” said Ms. House. “They help kids with cancer in New Jersey.”
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