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Women United Hosts Casino Night to Benefit Early Grade Reading Initiative

United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties’ Women United is hosting a Casino Night on Thursday, November 1, 2018 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Shadowbrook at Shrewsbury, located at 1 Obre Place in Shrewsbury, NJ. The event is sponsored by Enterprise Rent-A-Car and The Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation. Tickets for Casino Night are $135 each and include $50 in play money, open bar, buffet dinner and dessert. Prizes will be awarded for best costume, although costumes are not required. Reservations and payment, as well as sponsorship opportunities, are accepted online by October 22 at www.WUCasinoNight2018.eventbrite.com.

Enjoy an evening of your favorite casino games and an exciting gift auction while supporting a worthy cause. “This is a great event where you can make a difference in your community while having fun, and possibly take home a prize or two,” said Kelly Fliller, Co-Chair of Women United. The event will benefit United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties’ work in early grade reading. “Funds raised at Casino Night will enable us to support more programs that help children read to learn—instead of learning to read—by the fourth grade,” Kelly said.

“Women United is a phenomenal group of women who are making a significant impact on our community, specifically with the early grade reading initiative. We support literacy and enrichment opportunities for children with limited or no access to reading resources. This helps combat the summer slide and close the learning gap that can happen in the summer months,” said Aimee Fasano, Co-Chair of Women United.

Women United has raised over $140,000 since the group was formed in 2014. Funds have enabled three classrooms of first grade 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. A lead instructor was hired at AMP Zone in Bayville to enrich their summer program, and the YMCA of Western Monmouth County’s program has been enhanced with the addition of a Smart Board. Additionally, the Ocean County YMCA was able to create a brand new Learning Adventure Center to provide daily literacy activities.

For more information about Casino Night or Women United, please visit www.uwmoc.org/WomenUnited or contact Carolee Oross at 848-206-2035 or coross@uwmoc.org.

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