OCEAN TOWNSHIP: The theme was "Mardi Gras" for the Ocean Chapter of Drifters, Inc. 42nd Annual Luncheon and Fashion Show, complete with the Chapter's scholarship awards for local area students. The event was held again this year in March at the Jumping Brook Country Club in Neptune in the main dining room overlooking the course. A bright, sunny day added to the joy of the occasion.
The students honored were Mr. Marvin Morgan, Neptune High, was awarded the Ray Catena Scholarship; Ms. Zyeira Mallory, Academy Charter High in Lake Como, the Mediacom Corporation Scholarship; Ms.Triniti Barron Colts Neck High, the Wilbert Steven Russell Scholarship; Ms. Kayla Hill, Freehold High, the Brian C. Thomas Scholarship; Mr. Jamal William, Toms River North High, the Phyllis Ross Lee Scholarship.
The Drifters' major efforts include food pantry services; Christmas and Easter programs for the indigent; special assistance to students and creating partnerships with social institutions established to assist victims of substance abuse, in addition to the scholarship program which was the purpose of the day.
A silent auction at the foyer entrance set the stage for fund raising, tables of jewelry, women's charming hats and other merchandise more casual and styled in traditional mode of fashions fitting to the group's history and modern use today.
The formalities began with a welcome from Drifter Beverly Cotton and Greetings from President Carolyn v Woody and National Drifters Vice President Denise Taylor. Drifter Cassandra Keys offered the Invocation and lunch was served.
The menu was salad and entrée choices of Chicken Francoise or Salmon in a delightful butter sauce, with tasty veggies to crown the dishes.
As most were finishing lunch Drifter Keyes brought the five scholarship candidates to the stage where they were introduced individually and each shared their goals along with their thanks to the attendees for their generous support.
Fashions for the show were presented by Beverly Cotton and Fashions from Karen's Boutique, Flemington Furs, and Rubi' Crowns.