The Coast Star: Harvest Festival Takes Over Local Restaurant

BRIELLE — Three local charities benefitted from a Harvest Festival featuring crafters and vendors held Saturday, Oct. 7, at a local eatery.

Five hundred people attended the fundraiser at Way-point 622, according to event coordinators Sean Donahue and Sarah Morgan, who said Rescue Ridge Animal Shelter, Common Ground and the Brielle Fire Department received donations from the event.

“We chose these three local charities and the proceeds will be split evenly between the three,” Mr. Donahue said.

The coordinators said that 32 vendors and crafters were set up on Saturday, having them split between the end of Union Lane, Waypoint’s side patio area and Hoffman’s Marina.

At the end of Union Lane, a dunk tank was set up, which set members of the fire department over the water and raised just under $1,000.

“We have the dunk tank set up down there and everything that it raises is going straight into the pool for the three charities,” said Mr. Donahue.

According to Mr. Donahue, the vendors would be giving a portion of the money they made to the charity donations.

Some vendors sold molded glasswork, jewelry and artwork. Others sold hand bags, scarves and clothes. There was a wide array of other vendors as well.

One table featured tarot cards by a spiritual advisor. Some tables were set up by local restaurants and bakeries.

A group of William Patterson University students were raising funds for hurricane relief in addition to the designated charities.

Sienna Cuevas-Woodall, of Bradley Beach, was accompanied by her friends Benny Koval, Carlos Rocas and Garry Charles as they sold wooden flower arrangements. A portion of the funds raised would be donated to aid hurricane victims in Puerto Rico.

“We really want to help those people out. We want the money to go to those affected,” said Ms. Kovals.

According to Ms. Morgan, collections are still being received from the vendors, but at this point they have collected “approximately $1,500 to be donated to the three charities.”

Waypoint 622 and Hoffman’s Marina will also be making donations to the Brielle Fire Department.

Matthew Salvatore can be reached at msalvatore@thecoaststar.com or 732-223-0076 Ext 22.

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