29th Annual Mayor's Gala

The Scotch Plains Mayor’s Charity Gala Committee is pleased to announce the honorees and festivities for the 29th Annual Mayor’s Charity Gala to be held on Friday, December 6, 2019 at Shackamaxon Country Club.


This year’s Gala will honor the following individuals for their selfless service to our community:


Female Volunteer of the Year: Kelly Price

Male Volunteer of the Year: Jim Checchio

Volunteer Organization of the Year: Patrick’s Downtown Race to Summer Committee


“I am proud to know all of all our honorees and am grateful for the selfless service, commitment and dedication to our community,” said Mayor Al Smith. “I have witnessed their contributions first hand and can say they are more than worthy of this honor! Jim has been an active and dedicated supporter of the renovation of the Frazee House, Kelly volunteers her time each week at our Senior Café and the Patrick’s Downtown Race to Summer Committee has brought one of the most popular events we offer to our downtown while raising money for various local charities.”


In depth profiles of each of the awardees will be featured in future press releases and on the official Township website and on social media in the next few weeks.


The evening (7pm – 11pm) features a cocktail reception complete with open bar, passed hot and cold hors d’oeuvres and eclectic food stations, a dessert buffet and, back by popular demand, the Hot Chocolate Bar! Members of the Moonglowers, from SPFHS and DJ Mike will provide entertainment for the evening.  The Silent Auction and Tricky Tray are not to be missed!  There are several levels of sponsorship available to support our honorees. Or, consider donating an item to the silent auction.  Please contact Gala Committee Co-Chairs, Lisa Mohn at 908-322-4999 or Margaret Heisey at 908-939-8403 if you would like to make a contribution or donation to the event.


Proceeds from the event are donated to charities chosen by each of the honorees.  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Scotch Plains Municipal Alliance. MAC is an organization that is dedicated to providing substance abuse prevention programs, activities, and education in the communities of Scotch Plains and Fanwood.


Tickets to the Mayor’s Charity Gala may be purchased online starting on September 24 by visiting www.scotchplainsnj.gov clicking the “Recreation Registration” Community Pass link and selecting “2019 Mayor’s Gala, or by calling the Scotch Plains Recreation Department at 908-322-6700 x223.  Tickets are $95.00 per person and tables of 10 may be reserved.

2019 Videos

Jim Checchio: Male Volunteer

Kelly Price: Female Volunteer of the Year

Patrick's Downtown Race to Summer 5K


Click here to view all of the photos from the evening's Mayor's Gala via the Township's Facebook photo album.

Who Benefitted?

The Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary Frazee House Inc., a non-profit organization was formed as an offshoot of the Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary Club specifically for the restoration of the Gershom and Betty Frazee House.  


In 2005, Rotary International celebrated a Centennial Anniversary.  Rotary Clubs were asked to organize a Centennial Community Project that would fulfill an important, long-term need in their communities.  

Past Honorees

Dating back to 1991, the Mayor's Gala has recognized the Township's leading volunteers. Click here to view the list. 

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