Coach Williams celebrates with family at annual Parents Dinner & Auction
West Long Branch: On the day after her 800th career win, Nancy Williams continued doing what she does best. Drumming up interest for the Shore Regional Field Hockey program by playing host to the Shore Regional Field Hockey Gift Auction and Parent Dinner at the West Long Branch Community Center.
This annual event has been taking place in different locations for over 15 years. Typically, the parents of senior players will organize the event by reaching out to the local community for donations, which can be auctioned off at the annual Gift Auction and Parent Dinner. This year the Ruscil, Aitkens, and Johnson family worked in conjunction with the annual treasurer, Hope Santi, to make this event possible.
As parents started to gather and socialize, most began purchasing tickets for the gift auction and 50/50. There were over 60 different prizes to choose from in three different categories. Items up for auction were: a make-up session, a Shore Regional varsity jacket, a beauty basket, a Nook, both a Tom-Tom and Garmin GPS, two Yankees Tickets, various gift cards, Italian Pottery, a Surf-N-Turf Cooler, and various types of men’s and women’s apparel.
Besides the regular auction, there were separate auctions for: a NY Football Giant’s game Vs. the Philadelphia Eagles, Calloway Golf Apparel, Two tickets to the Broadway show “Newsies,” a Ralph Lauren Jean Jacket, and a combination of personal fitness classes. The “Gold Ticket Gift,” which was a 3 Day 2 Night “Rejuvenating Family Retreat” to a private 10-acre resort in Vermont was the marquee gift of the evening.
As in past years the annual Gift Auction and Parent Dinner raises funds to offset the end of the year awards banquet and any awards that are given out that night. As always, events like these rely on donations from the community and local supporters. This year the Gift Auction and Parent Dinner were made possible with generous donations from both the Waterman and Foggia family. Additionally, a generous monetary donation was made from the McCue/Captain’s Agency of Little Silver as well. John Welch, Nancy’s brother, also helped out by supplying the music and audio support for the event.
The event itself was a great place for player’s parents to meet, greet, and socialize. In true SRHS Field Hockey tradition, gatherings like these create a bond that goes way beyond what happens on the field. In some respect, the Gift Auction and Parent Dinner is a right of passage into the institution that is Shore Regional Field Hockey. But more importantly, events like these both forge new off-the-field relationships and unite a community centered on integrity, respect, and commitment to leadership and excellence.