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Long Branch Rotary 2016 Art Show Scholarships

EATONTOWN: The Long Branch Rotary Club's 4th Annual Art Show Sale in 2015 was the Karen Hansen Memorial Scholarship event, an occasion to honor the memory of the special education professional who taught in the Long Branch school system for 25 years before her passing in September 2012.

Education is high on the list of community efforts the club supports. This fifth year event of the Club's Art Show and Sale was again held at the Eatontown Sheraton Hotel ballroom.

The event hosted more than 80 guests and was the platform for a rom filled with about 14 art displays of water paints, oils, acrylics, ink sketches, photography, jewelry, ceramics, mixed media and hand crafted delights.

Artists were from the school of self-inspiration as well as institutes of higher learning, and professional studios and art establishments. Materials were from off the shelves of art supply stores to workshops, to the earth itself.

The artists were again contributing part of their proceeds toward the scholarship funding. All the pieces on display were offered for sale at reasonable prices.

A gift auction was also part of the program, as was a 50-50, Terry's Colored Eggs Contest with winning numbers inside each shell in the basket of shells. That winner took home a $350 prize.

A buffet dinner with delicious deserts made for a pleasant experience as guests renewed old acquaintanceships.

Artists were Carol Bruno, Cathy Corcione, Susan Fairgrieve, John Hamm, Steven Harrison, Brett Klapoth, Marty McDonnell, Dave McGrath, Anthony Migliaccio, Demetrius Peterson, Andrea Phox, Michael Quon, Ellen Scharfenberg, Heather Stone, Jessica Weiser, and Beverly Ziperson.

Helping to support the scholarship mission were: Long Branch Poultry Farm, Foggia's Florist, Rockafella's Pizza, Charley's Ocean Grille, Touch of an Angel, Sand's Cleaners, Atillio's Pizzeria, Bacon Beach Grille, NAPA Auto Parts, Mar Belo Restaurant, Rooney's Crab House, My Kitchen Witch, Proficient Accounting Solutions, Tuzzio's Restaurant, Sheraton Eatontown Hotel, Shelley's Jewels, Scala's Pizzeria, he Link, Sunset Garden Center, LB Recreation Department, Ron's West End Pub, Gold's Gym, Auto Bath Car Wash, Fine Fare Supermarkets, Sitting Duck Restaurant, 2nd Floor Restaurant, Freddie's' Pizzeria, Bagel Guy Deli, Mr. Kleen Car Wash, MommeMeals, Ocean Place Resort and Spa, The Mixx, Branded Surf and Skate Shop, The Windmill, Richard's Deli, and Jersey Mike's.

Chairing the function was Terry Janeczek with help from other Rotarians, a team effort in the Rotary's "Service Before Self" tradition. For information about the Greater Long Branch Rotary contact Roger Hansen at 732-539-8200, or online at hansenra416@gmail.com . The club meets at Rooney's Ocean Grill on Friday from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m.

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