United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties (UWMOC) held the United for Impact Wine Event at Patricia’s of Holmdel on June 29, 2022. Guests sampled a variety of exquisite wines with delicious Italian food provided by the host restaurant.


Special thanks to the event’s top supporters for making it such a success: Carol Stillwell; Stillwell-Hansen Inc.; Luke Bollerman; One Willow; ENCON; Grunin Foundation; New Jersey Natural Gas; Privetera's Florist and Landscape Nursery; Phil & Marilyn Perricone; Elizabeth Von Ziegasar and Patricia's of Holmdel.


Proceeds from the event will enable United Way to advance its work in our community to provide resources and support to help families build a pathway to financial stability, expand youth access to health services and opportunities for vocational training. Thanks to the generosity of guests during the live appeal portion of the evening, enough funds were raised to help 915 local families through United Way’s Basic Needs Initiative – far surpassing the organization’s goal for that night of 500 families helped.


UWMOC launched the Basic Needs Initiative in 2021 as part of the organization’s work in financial stability, which connects people experiencing economic hardship to immediate and long-term assistance. Through this project, United Way is providing consistent, reliable access to personal care products to alleviate the financial strain and stress on families in Monmouth and Ocean counties. Access to these desperately needed essentials will extend the limited income of our unserved and underserved residents. Families will also be connected to resources to address longer-term financial stability through UWMOC’s Financial Success Center Network.


“Financial challenges existed for many families prior to the pandemic, and now many more are having to make difficult decisions about how their limited funds are spent,” said Lori-Anne McLane, President & CEO of United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. “Our neighbors shouldn’t have to choose between paying bills and purchasing hygiene products for their family, which many people don’t realize are not covered by government aid such as SNAP. Funds raised during our wine event last year helped kick start the Basic Needs Initiative, and the contributions of this year’s guests will help grow it considerably.”


To learn more about United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties' Basic Needs Initiative, visit uwmoc.org/basicneeds.


Click here to view the event photo album on Facebook.