Eva’s Village Annual Benefit Gala Provides a Critical Funding Source to the Many Programs That Make Eva’s Village So Vital to Those in Need

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The LeRoy Schecter Foundation and Tim McLoone of Holiday Express will be honored at Eva’s Village Annual Benefit Gala sponsored by The LeRoy Schecter Foundation and Rapid Pump & Meter Service Co., Inc. and Machinery Services Corp.

Eva’s Village is celebrating The Culinary School at Eva’s Village at its Annual Benefit Gala. Eva’s Village is a widely respected comprehensive anti-poverty organization which has been serving New Jersey’s poor for 32 years. Their mission is to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, treat the addicted and to provide free medical and dental care to the poor. In March 2014 Eva’s Village opened its Culinary School, a private vocational school certified by the New Jersey Department of Education and Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The Culinary School at Eva’s Village became a reality when The LeRoy Schecter Foundation provided generous support to help people acquire marketable job skills in the culinary industry.

“We are pleased to honor The LeRoy Schecter Foundation for its support in establishing The Culinary School at Eva’s Village in its new soon to open state of the art Training Kitchen,” stated Marie Reger, executive director at Eva’s Village. Scheduled to open for students in January 2015, this brand-new Training Kitchen will make it possible for The Culinary School to educate 96 student-chefs each year.

This year Eva’s Village, in recognition of many years of service by Tim McLoone and Holiday Express has chosen them as the Community Service Honoree. Tim McLoone may be known for the many restaurants he owns, from McLoone’s Boathouse in West Orange to McLoone’s Pier House in National Harbor, Maryland. He also founded Holiday Express, a volunteer non-profit and non-sectarian organization dedicated to bringing music, gifts and holiday cheer to those less fortunate. 100 professional singers and musicians and more than 1,300 other volunteers, including school age children and adults, give their time and talent to visit more than 60 organizations each holiday season to dispense hope and joy. We are pleased to honor Tim McLoone for bringing many Holiday Express events to Eva’s Village for the benefit of the 350 people who live in Eva’s sheltering and addiction treatment programs.

Rapid Pump & Meter Service Co., Inc. and Machinery Services Corp., Paterson businesses owned by Rich Taylor along with The LeRoy Schecter Foundation are the event sponsors of the 2014 Annual Benefit Gala for Eva’s Village. The Taylor family has been very supportive of Eva’s Village and its founder, Msgr. Vincent E. Puma since they served their first lunch almost 32 years ago. They have proudly operated their successful businesses in Paterson, NJ since 1978 and have always believed in giving back to the community. “It is an honor for us to help build Msgr. Puma’s vision providing for those in need,” states Rich Taylor.

Founded by Msgr. Vincent E. Puma in 1982 as a response to the poor and homeless in Paterson, NJ, Eva’s Village is a non-profit comprehensive social service organization. Through almost three decades of service, Eva’s Village has established a unique record in facing community challenges and changing the lives of the hungry, homeless and addicted. It has grown from a simple soup kitchen to become the most respected anti-poverty program in New Jersey. It now includes fourteen integrated programs housed in numerous buildings spanning several city blocks in downtown Paterson.

For more information on the “Vision of Hope” Gala Dinner (November 6, 2014), honoring The LeRoy Schecter Foundation and Tim McLoone and Holiday Express contact: Joey Mazza, Special Events Coordinator – Phone: (973) 523-6220 Ext. 235 Fax (973) 825-7297. The Eva’s Village “Vision of Hope” Benefit Gala will be held at The Grove, Cedar Grove, New Jersey.

To donate to this NJ Charity, or for more information about Eva’s Village, call (973)-523-6220, go to http://www.evasvillage.org or write to: Donna Fico, Director of Marketing & Education, Eva’s Village, 393 Main Street, Paterson, NJ, 07501.

For more information about Rapid Pump & Meter Service Co., Inc. or Machinery Services Corp., call 973.345.5600, go to http://www.rapidservice.com/ or write to: Rapid Pump & Meter Service Co., Inc. or Machinery Services Corp., 285 Straight Street, Paterson, NJ, 07509.

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