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Thomas A. DeGise, Maureen Hulings, Kevin Cummings, Ray Lucas

Every year in the beginning of October, friends and family gather to celebrate a wonderful son, friend, scholar, and athlete; to honor his legacy. The foundation’s proudest day is when we have the ability to give others who embody Dan’s tenacity towards life, the recognition and appreciation they deserve.

Last year’s Gala was a tremendous success; one that would be difficult to improve upon. But that is exactly what we expect to achieve with a couple of considerable changes.

It is unfortunate that the Newark Club has been forced to close its doors. They treated the DFF Gala like family and we will be forever grateful to Artie Wassif and his staff for providing a venue that was loved by all.

It is with great pleasure that the DFF announces the Charity Gala will return to Jersey City in 2017 at the luxurious Maritime Parc, located on Audrey Zapp Drive in Liberty State Park. The accommodations, food, and service go along with the “reach out and touch” views of the Statue of Liberty, the Freedom Tower, and the revitalized Jersey City waterfront to offer a top shelf venue.

The full fledged cocktail hour and sit down dinner format that was used last year went over big and will be retained again this year. This provided additional elegance to an already elegant evening adding immeasurably to the quality of the event.

Our “Distinguished Citizens” will have large shoes to fill but we are sure they will be up to the task. This year's group includes: Thomas A. DeGise (Hudson County Executive), Kevin Cummings (President & CEO Investors Bank), Maureen Hulings (Jersey City St. Patrick's Day Chairperson), Ray Lucas (former NY Jets Quarterback).

Additionally, we will again have our popular “Tricky Tray” with raffle baskets which will alleviate some of the confusion at the end of the night.

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