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October 4, 2014

Johnny's bear

The Westin, Mt. Laurel NJ, Featuring

The Band Central Park

For everyone who attended our fourth annual gala, hopefully you had a great time. On behalf of Patti, John and all of our board members, we would like to express to each and every one of you a heartfelt “Thank You” for another successful gala.

The evening opened with a fabulous cocktail party, soft music by a Piano and Sax Duo, a Martini Bar Sponsored by the Maro Brothers. The room was surrounded by 35 outstanding gift baskets donated by friends, family and local businesses. We then moved into the Grand Ball Room for dinner, and John Murabito announced the Live Auction John Murabito starting with impressive items such as a signed Rolling Stones Guitar, presented by Nikki MurabitoNikki Murabito

 ending with Masters tickets in Augusta Georgia for two, presented by Randy Chen, Randy Chenfollowed by dancing the night away to the band Central Park.

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May 14, 2014

Held at the Murabito Home

in Mt. Laurel, NJ

An evening of cocktails and philanthropy with a preview of The Johnny M Child Life Center at Cooper Hospital.

We’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you to our sponsors for your past and continued support. To our new friends and partners, we hope you find this a worthy cause and consider joining The Johnny M Foundation family.

 

 

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October 4, 2013

 first check for Johnny M Child Life Center

Featuring the Band Don’t Call Me Francis

The board members of the Johnny M Foundation would like to thank all of our family, friends, business associates and sponsors who helped make the third annual JMF Gala held on October 4, 2013 a success, raising approximately, $141,663.00 which helps towards our goal of $750,000.00, to the Johnny M Child Life Style Center at the Cooper Hospital in Camden, NJ. Also thanks to the efforts of all the sponsors and volunteers, who helped make the night’s event a great success.  The Westin, in Mt. Laurel, NJ had an impressive entrance to the festiveness of the night. Upon entering was a table with place cards and displayed was Live Auction item# 10- Vince Lombardi Trophy which went for $10,500.00.Vince Lombardi TrophyThe evening started out at 7:00 PM with cocktail reception and music by Jazz duo.Cocktail reception Jazz Duo Thirty-seven gift baskets donated by friends and business associates lined the room and The Maro Brothers,

Mike and Joe donated a Martini/Vodka bar for all to enjoy.Maro Brothers Martini Bar

Fifty-one Silent Auction items were lined up along the hallways which were monitored by BC Technologies who donated their time and technology for an easy check out. Throughout the evening Bernie Robbins Jewelers sponsored a raffle for $5000.00 worth of jewels. After the cocktail event we moved into the main ballroom for a delicious sit-down dinner, heartfelt speeches by Patti and John Murabito and presented checks to Teddy Thomas, director of the Ronald McDonald House of Camden, NJ for Give 365 in the amount of $5475.00, Marci Schankweiler, director of The For Pete Sake Cancer Respite Foundation for $5000.00 for a family week stay at Johnny’s house in Orlando Florida and Susan Bass-Levin, President and CEO of Cooper Foundation our first installment of $100,000.00 for the Johnny M Foundation Child Life Style Center. Music and dancing with the band “Don’t call me Francis” was played throughout the evening. At 10:00 PM Harris Gubin, the auctioneer kicked off the Live Auctions, which brought in a profit of $41,312.00.

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October 12, 2012

Johnny Ice Sculpture 2nd Gala

Featuring the Band Don’t Call Me Francis

and Master of Ceremonies – Anthony Gargano

The Board members want to thank all our friends, family and business associates who attended and sent in donations for our second gala. This year’s gala moved to The Westin in Mt. Laurel and included silent auctions, live auctions, gifts baskets, fine jewelry raffle from Bernie Robbins, and a 50/50 cash chance. The Money raised at this year’s gala completed the funds needed to purchase Johnny’s House in Orlando, Florida to be gifted to the “For Pete’s Sake Cancer Respite Foundation”. The For Pete’s Sake Foundation helps adult cancer patients, their caregivers and loved ones take a break from the medical turmoil with a vacation in a secure and comfortable environment.

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October 14, 2011

First Annual Gala Board Members

At The Mansion on Main Street in Voorhees, NJ.

Featuring the Band Don’t Call Me Francis

The board members of the Johnny M Foundation would like to thank all of our family, friends, business associates and sponsors who helped make the first annual JMF Gala an enormous success. The Mansion on Main Street in Voorhees, NJ provided an outstanding venue to complement the remarkable efforts of all our volunteers, who helped make the event a truly fun-filled evening. Local businesses from our area donated marvelous prizes, and the money raised at our first annual gala will greatly help the foundation reach its goal to purchase Johnny’s House in Orlando, Florida by the spring of 2012


The evening’s highlights began with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the first floor of the Mansion, accompanied by a jazz duo, a Kettle One Martini Bar donated by Canals of Hainesport, a large display of gift baskets (26 total) donated by local businesses, Silent Auction prizes (25 premium items), outstanding top-shelf Live Auction items, and our Diamond Chance prize, sponsored by Bernie Robbins Jewelers – a pair of 3.2 carat diamond hoop earrings. Each guest who purchased a Diamond Chance ticket received a $100-gift certificate, from Bernie Robbins. In addition, a 50/50 raffle and an IPod Touch2 drawing were held.

At the conclusion of cocktails, the gala moved to the third floor for a delectable sit-down dinner, heartfelt speeches by Patti and John Murabito and special guest, Oi Yin Gonzalez, a For Pete’s Sake Cancer Respite Foundation recipient. Prizes were awarded and gala attendees were treated to a fun evening of dancing to music from The Don’t Call Me Francis Band. We closed down the house at 1:00 AM with all the guests going outside to release the balloons from each table’s centerpiece (comprised of Johnny’s favorite toys and books wrapped in cellophane, tied with eight black and one pink balloon for Johnny’s 9th birthday which was on October 14th) and sang “Happy Birthday” in the evening’s final tribute to Johnny. Our guests will be happy to know that Patti and John donated the toys to Cradles to Crayons and the books went to Johnny’s Playhouse at the Ronald McDonald House-SNJ.