Hackettstown Mayor as “Distinguished Friend”; Memory of longtime resident as well Annual Wine & Dine set for Feb. 28

HACKETTSTOWN (Jan. 9, 2014) – Mayor Maria DiGiovanni will be honored as the “Distinguished Friend of the House” when the House of the Good Shepherd Retirement Community in Hackettstown holds its Annual Wine & Dine fundraiser on Friday Feb. 28

In addition to the Mayor, the memory of longtime resident Albert Leier, will be remembered by his friends and family, with a “Distinguished Resident of the House” designation. Albert passed away this past fall.

Proceeds from the event, which takes place at the Lodge in the House, go towards its Shepherd’s Fund, which helps residents in need of funds to remain at The House.

The night features several of the area’s finest restaurants offering their superb culinary delights, wine tastings from Brook Hollow Winery in Columbia, NJ and Clovis Point Winery on Long Island, NY., as well as live music with guitarist Jody Price and RBI – Rock and Blues Inc. – and more. It all starts with a cocktail hour from5:30-6:30 and tastings, music and Silent Auction from 6:30 to 8. All attendees of the fundraiser will have a chance to win a $500 dining out package.

Mayor DiGiovanni is currently serving in her first term as Mayor, but she has been serving the people of the Greater Hackettstown area for many, many years. A true leader, she has always been an advocate for those in the community, including those who live at The House of the Good Shepherd who know that they can reach out to her at any time.

Prior to being elected Mayor, Maria served as Councilperson for the Town of Hackettstown for 6 years. During that time; she served as Deputy Mayor for 3 years. Professionally; Maria is a Senior Vice President of Fulton Bank of New Jersey; formally Skylands Community Bank. She serves in the capacity of Community Reinvestment Act Officer. Maria has been employed at FBNJ for 23 years and was one of the first employees hired in 1990; prior to the bank opening its doors to the public.

In addition, Maria is the President of the Hackettstown Regional Medical Center Foundation Board and also serves on the Hackettstown Regional Medical Center Board of Directors. She serves on the ARC of Warren County Foundation Board as well. She is a member of the Women’s Leadership Council of the United Way of Northern New Jersey and is a member of the Hackettstown Rotary Club.

Maria is married to Dr. Phil Linfante; has 2 grown children, Gina Jupinka and Anthony DiGiovanni as well as Son-in-law Nick Jupinka and daughter-in-law Carrie DiGiovanni and 2 grandsons Nicholas and Luke Jupinka.

During Albert Leier’s almost seven years at The House, he was a key leader of the residents in his post as President of the Skilled Care Resident Council. In this role, Albert was a sincere advocate for all the residents and truly cared about the community as a whole. For his many years of contributions and efforts for the betterment of The House and its residents, Albert will be remembered posthumously as the 2014 Distinguished Resident of the House at this year’s Wine & Dine Fundraiser.

In addition to his presidency, Albert was an active participant in the wide variety of programming offered. Albert was seen by everyone as a “glass half full” person, always seeing the positive. He was caring and compassionate and always sang the praises of residents and staff alike.

Born in Brooklyn in 1921, Albert was a lifelong resident of Newark before moving to the House of Good Shepherd in 2006. He worked as a Foreman for the Benjamin Moore Paint company in Newark for 45 years (at one point he did not miss a day of work for 18 years!).He was a member of the Holy Name Society for St. Aloysius in Newark and volunteered at the Ironbound Boys and Girls club. He loved watching sports and was an avid fan of the Giants and Mets.

He had two sons (Albert and Michael), 5 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

Tickets for the “Wine & Dine” are just $50 each. To reserve your tickets, please call 908-684-5900. For more about The House, visitwww.hotgs.org.


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