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ASBURY PARK'S 1ST LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE

Winter 2018

THE GIVING ISSUE

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT

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ASBURY PARK TOY DRIVE

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CITY SLICKERS

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CHEESE ON MAIN

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HEALTHCARE FOR ALL

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MARK SOBEL JR.

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SKUBY & CO.

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SPATHIS TAKES NJ

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LOOK AHEAD

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SCHNEIDER'S RESTAURANT

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CHATEAU MARIS

ASBURY PARK RISING STAR

MICHELE LANFRANK

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ASBURY PARK STAR SPOTLIGHT

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RUDY!

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS

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THE GRILL MAN

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PUBLISHER’S PAGE

Publisher & Creative Director Vanessa M. Arico Editor Yolanda Navarra Fleming Copy Editor Lisa Schofield Libations Editor Kevin Harvey

Vanessa M. Arico Publisher

Art & Design Director Jeff Lundenberger Photographers Jamie Christian Suzy Graham Michelle Gray Vanessa M. Arico

Rethink Winter in Asbury Park

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT

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ANGEL ARIAS

ngel Arias discovered her artistic gift early in life while learning to entertain herself. She grew up in Miami, where she became an art teacher. In her last year, she was named “Teacher of the Year.” Sometimes her subjects are moved to tears as they react to their likenesses on her canvases.

Q. How would you describe your art? A. I am a portrait painter. I like making portraits of people and/or pets and animals. I like bringing out the details of the brushwork and creating slight movement to invoke feeling. Q. What's your favorite thing about being an artist? A. My favorite thing about being an artist is moving people emotionally and the ability to create something meaningful out of a piece of stretched canvas and some paint. I also like having someone commission me to make a portrait for them. The feeling I get from presenting their finished painting and having them get emotional says more to me than any words ever could. Q. What are your art-related goals? A. Someday I would like to be able to dedicate myself to just my artwork, but right now, unfortunately, I need to pay bills. In all honesty, I’d just like to be able to make more works of art and have more art shows. Q. Describe your background both in general and as an artist. A. I am originally from Miami, Florida, born and raised. My mother is of Cuban, Spanish-French descent and my father is of Ecuadorian-Italian descent, but I was raised Cuban by my single mother. My family never had much, so my twin sister and I had to entertain ourselves with what little we had. Art has always been a part of my life and it seemed I was always drawing on a piece of paper or in my textbooks. For college, I interviewed to get into New World School of the Arts in Miami, and with a portfolio of just 11 pieces of art, I was accepted. My ceramics teacher, without me knowing, entered me in an art competition at the school. She had entered two ceramic tea pots I had made in her class. Out of about 150 pieces, 11 were chosen to represent our school, including my two tea pots. After that, our 11 pieces were chosen to compete against five other schools for four spots for National Merit in Art, and one of the four was my tea pot. After that, I became a middle school art teacher and taught for four years. It was a great feeling having taught aspiring young artists what I had grown up to love and enjoy. I loved having a sense of passing the torch onto the next generation of artists – really having an impact on their lives and futures.

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Driven for Givin’ Asbury Park Toy Drive

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onnie Breech is a giver. With a heart as big as the City itself, Asbury Park is fortunate to have her on its police force, the School Board and as a sort of Santa whose generosity is not just seasonal. Each year, Breech organizes the Asbury Park Toy Drive, which has grown far reaching limbs since it all began at Georgie’s Bar in 1999, and has earned the City national acclaim. “My Dad is a World War II veteran, so community service runs deep in my family,” she relates. Police Sergeant Breech, who grew up in Pennsylvania, and has been an Asbury Park homeowner since 2000, is also a veteran. After college, she enlisted in the military to serve in Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and moved to New Jersey in 1995. “There was something about Asbury Park,” she recalls. “People thought I was nuts, but I knew it would turn around sooner or later. At the time, during the holidays, there wasn’t a lot going on, especially for kids.” As the population increased, the initial 20 or 30 families thankful for the toy drive burgeoned to 80 families. Eventually, the number grew into the 500s. “As a police officer, I know and see who

needs help,” says Breech. “Although the original core is still involved, more and more organizations and people in town are reaching out. It makes me feel good that other people believe in what I believe in. Now, we average 485 families.” Breech, who is also on the School Board in her third term, says of the organization, “We are strictly Asbury Park based. We all live in Asbury Park and are involved in other things besides our day jobs. I want to be able to positively influence kids every way I can. None of us on the board have biological kids. Now I can I say I have a thousand kids.” It’s about more than the toys, she adds, along with the fact that she is on her second generation of recipients. They also collect and donate clothes, coats, and school supplies like backpacks. The organization, whose tagline is: “Helping the city’s youth during the holiday season and beyond,” is on Amazon Smile and Facebook. It has never been easier to make a donation. Toys purchased from the organization’s Amazon Wish List are shipped. Cash donations will supplement gift-giving for items not received from the wish list. “Because of our nonprofit status, the spirit of giving isn’t confined to one day or only the month of December,” she emphasizes. “People need help all year around.” Toys will be distributed on Saturday, December 23, 2017 at The Stone Pony, 913 Ocean Avenue, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. To learn more, visit AsburyParkToyDrive.com.

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CITY SLICKERS II Zest_Winter_2017_FINAL.indd 10

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Cassandra Dickerson, Director of Community Development Asbury Park Zest: We know how busy you are. But what have you been doing lately? Cassandra Dickerson: In August, the now retired Sgt. Terry Williams and I planned the City’s National Night Out event, which was a great success. The event was held in the municipal parking lot with lots of attractions and entertainment including free food, a petting zoo, face painting, prizes (gift cards), and a bicycle giveaway, just to name a few. APZ: What typically goes on this time of year? CD: Starting in September, I plan the disbursement of the City’s annual allocation of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds and the implementation of the 2018 CDBG funding. Funding for 2017 includes several City projects and the rehabilitation of four local nonprofit agencies: Boys & Girls Club of Monmouth, Asbury Park’s Historical Society, Interfaith Neighbors and the Community Affairs Resource Center. APZ: What are you looking forward to? CD: I’m excited and looking forward to implementing new projects for 2018 that will continue to help the residents of Asbury Park. There are two City events that we are gearing up for: Springwood Tree Lighting Ceremony held in Springwood Park for early December, and the Mayor’s Rodeo for Recreation Fundraiser to be held in April 2018. This event has been a great success and we are looking forward in raising monies for the children of Asbury Park.

Leesha Floyd, Recreation Director Asbury Park Zest: What are you working on right now? Leesha Floyd: I am currently working to pull together the Mayor’s Rodeo for Recreation to be held on April 19, 2018. This is a fundraiser to ensure that no Asbury Park child will be turned away from the City’s recreation program. In 2016, it raised $40,000 and in 2018 we hope to at least double that amount. The fundraiser is followed by the actual summer recreation day camp program. I have started to work on that for 2018. I want to see our children have the best summer camp program ever! APZ: : What are you looking forward to accomplishing? LF: I am working with the Recreation Committee to pull together a Meet, Greet and Celebrate event that will highlight the accomplishments of the Recreation Committee and volunteers on December 16. One of the most successful events held by the Recreation Committee was the City’s 1st Trunk or Treat event. The City had more than 40 cars and residents who donated candy and other goodies. More than 1000 children attended this event held in the parking lot of City Hall. There have been other events that required volunteers and community members to go above the call of duty to make events successful. It is my privilege and honor to acknowledge these individuals. I am also in the process of pulling together winter programming for the youth of Asbury Park that will include swim lessons, basketball and youth mentoring programs. APZ: What can we look forward to in 2018? LF: I handle special events for the City and am gearing up for a busy 2018 season. Some of the major events coming/returning to Asbury Park include: Asbury Park Music & Film Festival, March for Babies, NJ Marathon, Garden State Film Festival, Jersey Pride and several 5K races. I am so excited to be working with the organizers of these and other exciting events coming to our City. As a resident of Asbury Park and employee, it gives me great satisfaction to serve the people of Asbury Park.

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CHEESE on MAIN

Cheese for every occasion Some say a party without good cheese is like a playground without swings. Susan Morris, owner of Cheese on Main, Ocean Grove, had her first cheese shop encounter 42 years ago in Philadelphia. “I was a big foodie who loved to learn about new foods,” she recalls. At the time, she had a family and career in sales, but she continually wondered what it would be like to have her very own cheese shop. Rather than letting the dream die, she gave it life 13 years ago. “A European-like fromagerie is the feel when you enter my specialty cheese/gourmet food shop,” Morris describes. But she wasn’t always a cheese wiz. In fact, she admits, “As far as background in this business, I had none. I read a lot, and researched a lot, but you could say I am pretty much self-taught. It’s been an educational experience for both myself and my customers.”

And learn she did indeed. Cheese on Main offers an assortment of both imported and domestic selections, from French Triple cremes to crystalized aged Gouda from Holland, raw milk Swiss mountain cheeses and tasty Spanish cheese. Morris also did not forget accompaniments like olives, jams, tapenades, pastas, oils and vinegars, among other delights. Specialty gift items and culinary accessories are on hand for host/hostess/holiday gifts. And whatever you do, don’t show up at your next party without a custom gift basket or party platter, which are made to order to meet your budget. Gift certificates and membership to the Cheese of the Month club are also available. Morris likens her store to a stage for presenting her products and educating her clientele, who clearly appreciate her passion and vision. “Giving my customers the opportunity to investigate new tastes and experience new culinary sensations has been rewarding,” she says. “Come visit the next time you are in Ocean Grove for a taste of something wonderful.” Life is short. Eat the cheese. Bon Appetit!

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ASBURY PARK RISING STAR

One Spine at a Time L

ong before Caitlyn Jenner, there was Dr. Geena Alessia Buono, chiropractor/ musician/athlete, who raised three children as a single parent after revealing her secret desire. “I lost everything during that transition and stumbled, crashed and burned many times – but I persevered,” says the Brick Township native. “Besides raising beautiful children, that’s my greatest achievement, I never quit.” The habit of never quitting has served her well, she says. “I’ve surpassed all my goals and dreams in life. I was the kid who was thrown out of Catholic grammar school, went to summer school, left home to grow up, and came back home a doctor.” A chiropractor for the past 25 years, who graduated Life Chiropractic College in Atlanta, GA, she has practiced in Manhattan and Ocean Township. Recently, she founded Dr. Geena’s World of Wellness at Jersey Strong (formerly Work Out World of Ocean), where she serves as a resource for the LGBT community, and anyone else who seeks her out. “It’s where people from all walks of life regardless of their financial ability to pay can come together and help me change the world, one spine at a time,” says the singer-songwriter. In the musical capacity, Dr. Buono is leader

of the band Geena and Dragster, who has performed and/or recorded with members of Lenny Kravitz’s band, Southside Johnny, and Little Steven, and has been repeatedly nominated for Best Rock Band and Best Female Vocalist. Her first album is forthcoming. She keeps fit on the basketball court several times a week, and sometimes with her 6’6” son, Noah, who played on an NCAA division 1 team at Rider University. Now that her children are grown, she can also pursue LGBT activism. In November, Dr. Buono has brought the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) to Asbury Park to honor the transgender lives lost by violence each year, and has spearheaded the grassroots nonprofit known as The Transgender Alliance. Known by many as an “Asbury Original” and the Mother of the Asbury Park Transgender Community, Dr. Buono is featured in the short film Local Legends of Asbury Park. “I moved (to Asbury Park) during the beginning of my gender-confirming transition almost 20 years ago,” she shares. “It’s been a source of strength growth and healing for me. This city gave me the strength love, support and courage to start over, rise from the ashes and build a life beyond my wildest expectations.”

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ASBURY PARK STAR SPOTLIGHT

Left to right: Chris Mumford, Jenn Hampton, Tony Pallagrosi, Vini Lopez

Tony Pallagrosi & Light of Day Foundation The Rockstar of Giving

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ame comes in many packages. While Tony Pallagrosi is an all-star of the rock ‘n’ roll music scene, his efforts are even more far-reaching. As a musician, he played trumpet for Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes. As an entrepreneur, he opened the popular Starland Ballroom and sold it in 2007. In the ‘80s, he managed the Fast Lane and Club Xanadu in Asbury Park; and also spearheaded the Warped Tour. The spotlight, however, that perhaps shines brightest on him, is as co-founder of the Light of Day Foundation. He and Bob Benjamin of Concerts East, Inc. began this jam on Nov. 3, 2000 with the organization’s first related benefit concert at The

Stone Pony in Asbury Park. Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers headlined. The Boss, aka Bruce Springsteen, also brought his signature magic to the showcase and nearly pushed the party into the light of the following day. Ever since, this starstudded musical bash gives fans all over the world something to look forward to every year. Pallagrosi, says, “I’m very proud that the Light of Day Foundation, utilizing the awesome power of music, has already raised more than $4.5 million dollars in our fight to defeat Parkinson’s disease, PSP, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and related diseases in our lifetime.”

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Rudy, Rudy, Rudy! 1945 - 2017

In 2002, when Asbury Park's Cookman Avenue was starting to show renewed signs of life, businessman Rudy Valentino was offered the opportunity to take over the vacant JJ Newbury building, which was empty for over 20 years. Opening the Antique Emporium of Asbury Park, one of downtown's anchor businesses, this top antiques dealer with a movie-star name brought in 80 other dealers and began servicing collectors, traders, local rock 'n 'rollers, young couples starting out, the cool and popular Asbury Park millennials and even HBO. On February 28, 2017, we lost Rudy, an antiques connoisseur, unique businessman, true gentleman and cherished friend. He leaves behind his loving wife Brenda, daughter Jamie, son Jason, brother Alex, five stepchildren, 12 grandchildren and two great grandchildren; but his legacy as a Renaissance man lives on. We miss you Rudy. Long live the king!

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Healthcare for All F

or a healthy community to blossom, it must first be showered with love and concern for the people who call it home. In 1994, Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey Community Health Center (VNACJ CHC) opened their first office in Asbury Park with a goal to provide comprehensive, primary and preventive healthcare to people of all ages. Since its inception, care has expanded to offices in Red Bank and Keyport. Yet, there are still residents who may not be aware of the services available to them. Upon entering the CHC, you’ll be greeted by a kind, supportive staff who offers primary care, prenatal care, nutritional counseling, behavioral healthcare, dental care, chiropractic, and podiatry, to about 11,000 patients each year regardless of age or insurance coverage. Dr. Kristine I. McCoy, MD, MPH, was appointed Executive Director of the Community Health Center and Chair of the Children and Family Health Institute in 2015. She is proud to lead the VNACJ CHC team of fully licensed physicians and certified nurse practitioners who specialize in general health care services for the entire family including disease prevention, lab testing and management of chronic conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure. “The Community Health Center of Asbury Park is exactly that—a comprehensive health center where any member of the community, with or without insurance, can receive affordable primary and dental care,” says Dr. McCoy. “Many of our staff are from the community and are deeply embedded in the diversity that is Asbury Park. We are growing our services to meet more of the community’s needs in the areas of mental health and non-narcotic pain management, as

well as having some great plans for our prenatal program. Everyone, from newborn babies to seniors, is welcome within the center and will be met with acceptance and assistance in navigating the complex health care system.” The impact the CHC has on the community doesn’t stop at primary care. The center holds several community wellness events each year to raise awareness and offer resources to families in need. Many community residents are still unaware of the fluent Spanish and Haitian Creole staff members employed at the center. During one of the CHC’s community events, Crucial Catch Day, several Haitian Creole patients arrived to see a provider for a mammogram script. Upon working with the Certified Medical Interpreter (CMI), it was made evident that these patients did not know how to read or write. The CMI worked with the patients to make sure they filled out all the necessary paperwork needed for registration and payment. After completing the paperwork, the CMI learned that these patients had never seen a provider before in their lives! The patients were in their 40s and 50s. In addition to not seeing a provider, these patients never had a mammogram. Thanks to Crucial Catch Day, these individuals were able to become patients at the CHC, see a provider and obtain a mammogram script, and then complete their mammogram at Jersey Shore Imaging. These patients are just a handful of many that the CHC assists every day! To find out more about the CHC, please visit http://vnachc.org/ or call 732-774-6333.

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MICHELE L Giving’s Game Changer What is your background? Charitable giving has changed my life. I now know that it's my destiny and was meant to be a big part of my life's journey. Before charity, since childhood, I was a dancer taking lessons and performing. I began teaching as a teenager, and was also the choreographer and creative director of Conservatory of Dance Education of America, my own dance company and school in Red Bank and Ocean Township, New Jersey.

At only 19, I was at a career height. I was chosen to direct a dance program at Chelsea Piers for Olympic figure skaters and I regularly traveled to New York City. During that time, a near fatal car accident on the New Jersey Turnpike involving a dump truck that jetted out from being stationary and drove in the wrong direction toward me, forcing me to hit his truck on the passenger’s side head on, which hence left me in my car under his truck, and then together both of us on a guard rail, left me hospitalized

and unable to return to my early life's passion. My dance company, however, was extremely successful. When we first opened our doors, we concurrently began to co-market with local charities. Student enrollment grew from 70 to 340 students in less than six months. But the accident changed my life and the direction of my career, which since then has led to various business enterprises including charitable fundraising. When and how did your charitable life begin? It all started in 1997, when Beliza Ann Furman of Red Bank, who at the time was Chairwoman of the Monmouth University Scholarship Ball, asked my dance company to perform in that year's Harlequin Black & Gold Masquerade Ball. We also choreographed the dances and designed the costumes. It was a magical evening. The experience ignited a new passion in me to help others in a different way, and support them and fundraise for them. Working side by side to fund student scholarships was extremely gratifying, and encouraged me to continue this work with numerous other charities. I went on to fundraise for the ARC Ball chaired by prominent Monmouth County social matron, Anita Roselle and Geraldo Rivera; the Phil Villapiano Field of Hope Gala for ALS; the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation North Jersey Affiliate; The Beauty Foundation For Cancer Care honoring community leaders Warren Diamond and Beth Stavola; and The Fashion Ball in NYC for the Elizabeth Glaser Foundation, to name a few. The enormously successful Monmouth County Women On the Move Luncheon for the Mid Jersey Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, chaired for more than a decade by my mother, Tindra Lanfrank, is especially dear to me.

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E LANFRANK In 2009, after meeting with its new corporate executives in New York City, I was the first person to bring a Rumson/greater Monmouth County-based charity event to the multi-million dollar newly remodeled and renamed Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel – when comeback city Asbury Park was just about to spread its wings into its new era of economic renaissance. What was your game-changing moment? My game-changing moment was when I brought ‘cause marketing’ to the Monmouth County charity world and beyond and didn’t even realize it. Through my business instincts or perhaps divine guidance, I began to increase charity profitability while bettering the nonprofits and their related social and sometimes medical issues. Organically I began to marry business and charity – bringing celebrities to the charities and high-priced auction items to the silent auction tables and live auctions including the luxury regional, national and international brands of Hamilton Jewelers, Caesar's, Harrah's, Marquis Jets, Ferrari, Maserati, Ritz Carlton Destination Clubs and artist Peter Max, to name a few. These fantastic brands raised the stakes and the fundraising bottom lines higher than ever before. I personally was responsible for $150K$250K worth of donated goods, services and sponsorship at each of the events with which I was affiliated.

Jersey license plate initiative to fund housing for homelessness affiliated with addiction. In November, I was inducted into an esteemed organization, UNUM International Emissaries, which recognizes humanitarians and their causes worldwide. Membership is bestowed upon people who make our world better. What are you most proud of? I'm most proud of the work I've done with and for my mother. She introduced me to the world of giving and it's been my most satisfying work to date. It’s been my supreme honor to insure her efforts, endeavors, goals and dreams shined as brightly as possible whether she served as the chairperson, a committee member or honoree, and this will forever stand as the foundation for my greatest achievements.

What are your most recent accomplishments? Today, I am focused on social concerns including bullying, harassment and recovery, and am an advocate and activist for all three. This fall, I joined together the nonprofit PICK Awareness with Circle BMW, Eatontown, resulting in a subsequent introduction to NJ CARS and its statewide automobile retailers for a New 23

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County –

A Decade of Giving & Beyond T

hey say it takes a village to raise a child and for many children, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County is like a village headquarters, whose efficacy relies heavily on the generosity of local philanthropic individuals and companies. Hobbie Corrigan & Bertucio, P.C. Attorneys at Law, a top New Jersey law firm based in Eatontown, Toms River, and now in Brick Township, has made significant donations to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County for nearly two decades, holidays included. Senior partner Norman Hobbie says, “During this most wonderful time of the year, my partners and I continue to recognize the significant contributions made daily by the Boys & Girls Club of Monmouth County. It is my firm’s way of sharing with the children and remembering that all of us are blessed.” In the past four years alone, the private nonprofit club has served more than 1,800 Monmouth County kids ages 5 ½ to 18. Its professional licensed staff offers a variety of enriching and empowering after-school activities in its Red Bank and Asbury Park facilities. The Boys Club of Asbury Park was founded

in 1938 by Isaiah Matlock, chairman of the Asbury Park Kiwanis Club, and in 1992, to reflect the inclusion of girls in its membership, it became the Boys & Girls Club. The club is funded by individual donors and income generated through its facilities, but 43% comes from businesses and foundations, according to Executive Director Douglas Eagles. “Local businesses are extremely important to the work we do,” Eagles emphasizes. “Our friends at Hobbie Corrigan & Bertucio, P.C. Attorneys at Law always go above and beyond for our kids. Many of the kids we serve come from tough home environments where parents or legal guardians don’t always have the financial means to provide a robust holiday experience. For several years, they have provided an abundance of brand new clothes, sports equipment, and toys. They truly make the holiday season special for our kids!" Last year, the firm donated $5,000 worth of gift cards distributed to the club’s kids during the holiday and throughout the year as needed, and will do the same this year. To learn more about the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County, visit: bgcmonmouth.org

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“Local businesses are extremely important to the work we do.” –Douglas Eagles Executive Director

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MARK SOBEL JR.

Precious Gifts of Life and Learning The Mark Sobel Jr. Endowed Scholarship for Undergraduate Students of the Sciences

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o meet Dr. Mark Sobel and his wife, Mary Grace Sobel, you’d never know at a glance that they are still suffering the tragedy of the loss of their son. At 17, Mark Jr. contracted a heart infection that caused a fatal cardiac arrest in 2011. Since then, they have worked hard to rise above their excruciating pain and loss to consistently celebrate their eldest son’s life. They smile through tears acknowledging their many blessings, including their younger children, Jay and Grace, and their friend Frank Romano, whose life was saved by Mark Jr.’s kidney. Romano is a walking reminder that miracles happen. In fact, the opportunity to turn a negative into a positive presented itself immediately upon Mark Jr.’s death. “We were called in to talk to the doctors at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia,” says Dr. Sobel, a nationally recognized orthopedic surgeon with offices on First Avenue, Atlantic Highlands, as well as in New York City. “We were told that his brain wasn’t functioning and that we should consider donating his organs.” That’s when Frank Romano came to Dr. Sobel’s mind. The Sobels knew Romano, a fellow University

of Maryland football player (class of 1975), from their tailgating group. “Mary Grace was pregnant with Mark Jr. when we met Frank at a Maryland college football-related event at the Waldorf Astoria,” recalls Dr. Sobel, who graduated the University of Maryland with a bachelor’s degree in 1982. “Frank’s kidneys were fine then; he was healthy. He ended up staying at our apartment after the after-party.” Years later at one of the pre-game tailgate parties, Dr. Sobel remembers his friend Teddy Klaube, the tailgate’s organizer, leaving the party early to drive Frank to dialysis. “Teddy and Frank are long-term friends,” Dr. Sobel said. “They played (football for UMD) together a few years earlier than I did. Frank was suffering complications of end-stage renal failure. We had an ongoing social relationship. We weren’t that close at the time, but it was enough that when the nurse asked if we wanted to donate our son’s organs, ‘Frank Romano needs a kidney’ popped into my head.” It took until the next morning to reach Romano, a retired restaurateur from Connecticut. He would have to be tested to determine if he was a match.

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“‘Mark lived by a motto of ‘determination, motivation and success.’” –Dr. Mark Sobel

“When we said goodbye to Mark, they had the operating room set up like a chapel,” explains Dr. Sobel. “That day the kidney was flown to Frank, and he had the surgery. Frank is now family to us. He’s such a great human being. He’s taken such good care of himself. Being a recipient of a kidney transplant is not easy. He’s been back to Yale Medical Center constantly for maintenance. But he still comes to Maryland games. And now he has young grandchildren and he’s alive to enjoy them. It’s beautiful.”

Because of Mark Jr.’s academic talent and dream of becoming a physician, a scholarship seemed the most appropriate way to keep his memory alive. The Mark Sobel Jr. Endowed Scholarship for Undergraduate Students of the Sciences supports need and meritbased scholarships for University of Maryland undergraduate students in the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences. Preference is given to students pursuing a career in medicine.

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“I think Mark set the bar for his two siblings,” says Dr. Sobel. “Both of them want to be physicians and live their brother’s dream, which is also their own dream. Mark lived by a motto of ‘determination, motivation and success.’

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Fortunately, they’ve picked up on his role-modeling and the dedication, commitment, time, and hard work needed to get into a major university and become pre-med.” To contribute, visit: go.umd.edu/sobelfund.

“‘Frank is now family to us.” –Dr. Mark Sobel

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