Donors are wined and dined at Hidden Creek

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Photo by Matt Strabuk/Kathy Anderson, Kelli and Ray Wenzel, all of EHT, enjoying an evening at the Hidden Creek Golf Club during theFriends of Chuck Donovan Gourmet Wine Dinner and Auction

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – The 3rd Annual Friends of Chuck Donovan Wine Tasting and Gourmet Dinner hosted by the Community Partnership for Egg Harbor Township Schools Inc. was held Friday, Sept. 28 at Hidden Creek Golf Club. All proceeds, approximately $11,000,  from the sold-out event benefit the school district.


Those in attendance were treated to a four-course menu, accompanied by four courses of wine, beginning with an imported and domestic cheese pre-gathering and followed by a sit-down gourmet dinner featuring local organic fall vegetable salad with cider vinaigrette, smoked pork loin over Hidden Creek butternut squash and pumpkin risotto, and chocolate hazelnut cheesecake with fresh strawberries and strawberry sauce.

The wine dinner, held annually at the prestigious Hidden Creek Golf Club where Donovan was a long-time member, is a bittersweet tribute to his legacy of giving back.

As Vice President of the Community Partnership from 2007 to 2009, Donovan championed efforts to raise funds for academic enhancements, technology, capital projects and extra-curricular activities; served as a mentor for Interact Club students; and served as a point person for students interested in pursuing careers within the local finance and business community.  Donovan passed away in 2009 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. His wife Lynda and children Chip and Jennifer, both graduates of Egg Harbor Township High School, have followed in his footsteps by sponsoring, attending and volunteering at annual fundraisers hosted by the Community Partnership.

The silent and live auction raised almost $5,000, thanks to generous auction donors including Lynda Donovan who donated a handmade quilt, the Borgata Heart & Soul Foundation, Ray and Kelli Wenzel's West Virginia mountain retreat for a long weekend, Hidden Creek Golf Club threesome, Greate Bay Country Club foursome, Ballamor Golf Club foursome, Blue Heron Golf Club foursome, Exclusive Jewelers who donated two watches, McCullough's Emerald Golf Links foursome and more.

George Wilkinson, retired high school calculus teacher and longtime district coach, served as live auctioneer again for his third year.

Established in 2006, the Community Partnership has raised more than $179,000 and provided the district with a new LED Marquee Sign at the corner of English Creek and High School Drive; a Steinway Grand Piano for the new Performing Arts Center; Lacrosse Uniforms and Safety Equipment; district-wide life-saving Defibrillators; an Alumni website; Classroom Technology; and new TV Studio Digital Cameras and equipment. The non-profit also co-funded new Playgrounds at Slaybaugh and Davenport elementary school complexes.  On Oct. 6, the partnership will be presenting $32,000 in upgraded equipment to the EHTHS TV studio including all new HD digital cameras 

This year’s sponsors were The Donovan Family, Cooper Levenson Attorneys At Law, ShoreMedicalCenter, The Gutierrez Family, Fran Morrison,  Custard Hut, Ocean City Home Bank,  Circle Liquor Store, Bogle Wines/Ted de Ment, Winebow Wines,  Robert & Judith Browne, Scott & Nadine Downie/Spiezle Architural Group, Passion Vines , Westmoreland Vesper & Quattrone, P.A.  Donors included  Neil Anderson and his wife, Nick Regine & Kathleen Arleth, Juliano’s Pub & Grill, Pete Bretones, Kathleen Waszen, Scott McCartney, Phil Heery and his wife, John Skoglund and his wife, and Ron Smith.

Christine and Matthew Ecker, of Linwood, and Stewart Wiser of EHT.

Photo by Matt Strabuk/The Pojanowski family, Paul, Connie, and Erin, and Tom Groel, all of Rockaway Twp.

Photo by Matt Strabuk/Abbey Crafts of Cape May Court House, Toni Iannece and Steve Wallace, both of Upper Township

Photo by Matt Strabuk/Nicole and Ryan Powers, and Kevin Urtubey, all of EHT.

Bobby and Judy Browne of Vineland place a bid on an auction item.

Photo by Matt Strabuk/Dara Quattrone and Noreen Lawlor, both of Northfield

Photo by Matt Strabuk/Representing Ocean City Home Bank, Kathy Rubba of EHT, Dawn Brodton of Galloway, and Fran Jerue and Carol Burd of EHT.

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