Event to Benefit Early Grade Reading Initiative
Farmingdale, NJ – United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties’ Women United hosted a Casino Night on October 12, 2017 at the Shadowbrook at Shrewsbury, located at 1 Obre Place in Shrewsbury, NJ. Over 140 guests enjoyed classic casino games, dinner, open bar, and the chance to win a 50/50 raffle and 78 chance auction baskets. Sponsored by Atlantic Auto Body, Branning Collision Centers, CAPP General Contractors, The Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation, OceanFirst Bank, Optum360 and Patricia & Carl Howard, the event raised over 34k. Event proceeds will benefit United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties’ work in education, specifically its Early Grade Reading initiative.
“The current focus of Women United is the Early Grade Reading initiative, which provides summer reading and enrichment opportunities that help combat the summer slide,” says Kelly Fliller, Women United Co-Chair. “During the summer months, children with limited or no access to books and activities fall behind. Each year a child is without these resources, the learning gap widens. By fourth grade, they will never catch up with their peers. Funds raised by this event will advance our work in education and help children read to learn, instead of learning to read, by fourth grade.”
Since its inception in 2014, Women United has now raised over 132k. Funds have enabled two additional classrooms of students to attend the Horizons at Rumson Country Day School program, keeping more Red Bank children engaged and learning over the summer break. Three literacy specialists have been provided for the Horizons at Rumson Country Day School and Red Bank Primary School summer programs to provide reading instruction to students who need the most intervention. Summer literacy program activities at the YMCA of Western Monmouth County have been enhanced with the addition of a Smart Board, which offers access to educational websites, powerful assessment software and teacher-made materials tailored to a class’s needs.
For more information about how to support the work of Women United or become a member, please visit uwmoc.org/WomenUnited.