Cherry Hill nonprofit has another successful charity dinner in 2016

Carz N’ Toyz held its annual Charity Dinner and Auction on Friday, Oct. 14 at Tavistock Country Club.

It was another successful year for a Cherry Hill-based nonprofit at its annual charity dinner and auction.

The 2016 Carz N’ Toyz Annual Charity Dinner and Auction was held on Friday, Oct. 14 at Tavistock Country Club. The event was a huge success, surpassing the previous year’s attendance for the fifth consecutive year.

“This event continues to grow each year,” said Carz N’ Toyz president Sam Lacroce. “We are grateful to our many supporters for their kindness and generosity.” He added, “Each year we see many new faces, a sure sign that our message of hope for sick children is being heard and received with enthusiasm.”

Proceeds from the dinner will purchase toys, books, defibrillators, car seats for special needs children, medical monitoring equipment, TV monitors and other items specifically requested by Carz N’ Toys beneficiaries, Virtua, Weisman Children’s’ Rehabilitation Hospital and The Osborn Center for Family Health at Lourdes in Camden. At this year’s dinner, the group presented a $30,000 check to Osborn to help purchase a state-of-the-art ultra sound machine.

The surf and turf dinner was followed by a spirited auction that featured donated items from local merchants, like a diamond pendant from Morton & Rudolph and two dinners for 10 by Chef Nunzio Petruno. In total 12 valuable items were auctioned by Carz N’ Toyz Treasurer, Bob Paglione with a little help from Peter Hovnanian.

The next Carz N’ Toyz event is the annual Toy Run on Saturday Dec. 10. It begins at Caffe Aldo Lamberti at 9 a.m. with a complementary breakfast. From there a caravan, led by a truck full of toys, will form and drive to Virtua Voorhees to deliver the toys. Last year more than 100 cars participated and over 1,000 toys were delivered.

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