SCARC Foundation to Recognize Key People of the Community at Honors Event on April 14th, 2011

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CPA, Christopher Lynch, Owner of Perona Farms, Mark Avondoglio, Surrogate of Sussex County Nancy Fitzgibbons, and former SCARC Foundation Chairman, Raymond Hecht to Receive Recognition

At this year’s upcoming SCARC Foundation’s Honors Event on April 14th, 2011, the SCARC Foundation will be recognizing key people who have not only contributed to the community and other organizations, but have also made a difference. Christopher Lynch, Managing Partner of Nisivoccia, LLP; Mark Avondoglio, Principal Owner of Perona Farms; Nancy D. Fitzgibbons, Sussex County Surrogate, and Raymond Hecht, longtime supporter of SCARC Foundation, Inc., will be honored for all they have done and continue to do for the community.

The Foundation Honors will be held at Perona Farms, located at 350 Andover Sparta Road in Andover, NJ, and will also feature keynote speaker Alan Zweibel, Grammy-award winner and writer of Saturday Night Live and Curb Your Enthusiasm. “FOX & Friends” weekend news anchor and returning emcee, Alisyn Camerota will also take the stage at the event.

The evening will begin with registration and reception at 6:00 pm. Dinner and awards will commence at 7:00 pm. All the proceeds raised by this event will support SCARC, Inc. & SCARC Guardianship Services, Inc., whose mission is to support the needs of those with developmental disabilities. Tickets for the event are $175 per person and $300 per couple and can be purchased by calling the SCARC Foundation, Inc. office at 973-383-7442 x261.

All the honorees have been involved in the community in various influential ways and will each be recognized for their particular contributions. SCARC Foundation Honors will award Raymond Hecht the Lifetime Achievement Award for being a key contributor and supporter to the SCARC organizations. Before he retired, Hecht was the President and Chairman of the Newton Trust Company. He is currently a SCARC Foundation Emeritus Board Member and has served on the SCARC Foundation Board since 1989.

The other honorees include:

Christopher Lynch is a Certified Public Accountant and Managing Partner at Nisivoccia, LLP. A Rutgers University graduate, Lynch also holds his Public School Accounting License in New Jersey, a Series 7 license and a Series 66 license, as well as various other Life and Health Insurance Licenses. Lynch’s broad range of expertise includes tax and accounting services for small and large manufacturing companies, real estate, developers, financial institutions, professional practices, and not-for-profit organizations.

Lynch is very active in the community, serving as Trustee of the 200 Club of Sussex County, Member of the Newton Rotary Club, Former Chairman and Member of the Board of Directors of Newton Memorial Hospital, and he is also a Member and Former President and Director of the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce.

As fourth generation of the Perona family, Mark Avondoglio is the current owner and General Manager of Perona Farms. In 1999, Avondoglio and his siblings were honored by the New Jersey Restaurant Association as Restaurateurs of the Year, and in 2010, they were also named as Legends. He currently serves as Chairman on the Board of Newton Memorial Hospital and the Wine and Roses Annual Fundraiser, which supports the hospital. In addition to being an active member of the Board of Trustees of North Jersey Health care, he also participates as Chairman of Boy Scouts of America- Troop 81.

Avondoglio has also worked with the Sussex County and Sparta Area Chamber of Commerce, Capital Campaign for Centenary College, and the Skylands Tourism Council. For the past several years, Avondoglio has been a major contributor to the SCARC Radio-thon and Walk-a-thon. Over the years, Mark has raised over $100,000 for SCARC and SCARC Guardianship programs. He continues to actively participate with all SCARC fundraising events.

Spending most of her life as a professional serving Sussex County, Nancy Fitzgibbons is currently serving as the Sussex County Surrogate. In previous years, she was employed as a Sussex County Probation Officer and later became the Director of the Sussex County Juvenile Detention Center. Since 1989, Fitzgibbons has been appointed by every sitting Governor as Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women in Clinton, NJ. She is also a part of the Supreme Court Judiciary-Surrogates Liaison Committee, the Constitutional Officers Association of New Jersey, the Guardianship Association of New Jersey, and the National Probate Judges Association.

Fitzgibbons makes time to contribute to many organizations and charitable committees. These include serving as co-chairman on the Honey Invitational Golf Outing since 1981, being a member of the Sussex County United Way Board of Directors for 19 years, and she is currently an active member of the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce, the Sussex County Sheriff’s Crime-Stopper Program and the Sussex County Senior Advisory Board.

Fitzgibbons has supported SCARC most notably by ensuring that Guardianship proceedings are administered fairly and smoothly through the Probate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey. She provides the highest level of empathy, support and professionalism to SCARC families and clients and can be considered a major contributing factor to the statewide recognition SCARC Guardianship Services receives for its guardianship programs.

SCARC, Inc. & SCARC Guardianship Services Inc. serve more than 750 children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families. It is the largest comprehensive organization in Sussex County meeting the needs of this special population.

For more information about SCARC Foundation Honors, contact Chris Hemmer, at SCARC’s Augusta administrative headquarters at 973-383-7442 ext. 261.

About SCARC Foundation, Inc.
SCARC Foundation, Inc. is the primary fundraising source that supports both SCARC, Inc. and SCARC Guardianship Services, Inc., organizations dedicated to supporting individuals with developmental disabilities, as well as their families. SCARC Foundation, Inc. works to improve the lives of persons with developmental disabilities through maximizing annual fundraising and increasing the SCARC Foundation Endowment Fund to ensure the long-term viability of SCARC.

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