Stone Church and Playhouse team to give holiday boost to Atlantic Highlands Food Pantry
All Saints' Memorial Church (The Old Stone Church), is sponsoring a benefit matinee for the Area Association of Community Churches Food Pantry on Sunday, November 21, at 2:30 p.m. at the First Avenue Playhouse in Atlantic Highlands. The comedy, "Playing Doctor," written by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore, promises to be a hilarious romp of medical mayhem, sure to boost the spirit. The First Avenue Playhouse is offering a generous portion of each $25.00 ticket sold for this performance to the Food Pantry.
The idea for a desert theatre fundraiser came out of a recent All Saints' Outreach Committee meeting where word received of a severe shortage in the pantry's shelves of a wide variety of items. Committee member Lois Young contacted Mrs. Mary Carhart, pantry director, to discern the best way to fulfill the pantry wish list. Besides upping the number of weekly shelf items to the pantry, the committee also advanced the idea of a benefit theatre performance as a way to forward funds to the pantry to take care of re-stocking the shelves.
For this specific fundraiser matinee performance, tickets are not available at the First Avenue Playhouse. People are encouraged to contact the All Saints' Church Office at 732-291-0214, or AACC Food Pantry in Atlantic Highlands, 732-291-0485, for tickets. During off-business hours, tickets can be reserved by calling Barb Drakulich, Outreach Committee Chairperson at All Saints', at 732-872-0158.
According to Mrs. Carhart, "this theatre fundraiser idea couldn't have come at a better time for the pantry. Our shelves need to be refilled for what we expect to be the largest number of clients ever for the upcoming holiday season." Mrs. Carhart, a veteran of fourteen years at the pantry, has a number of senior volunteers who themselves have long tenures in helping out on Monday's, Wednesday's and Thursday's from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Mrs. Carhart and her hard-working crew of volunteers more or less run a mini-market housed at the United Methodist Church in Atlantic Highlands. Some changes are quite noticeable over the past two years, including a 50% increase in numbers of clients, as well as a sharp demographic switch to younger clients with children. The pantry serves not only Atlantic Highlands customers, but also customers from Sea Bright, Highlands, Navesink, Leonardo, Port Monmouth, and Belford. The pantry will gladly accept new donors and donations during their posted business hours.