Fundraiser benefits MS center

FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP — The CentraState Healthcare Foundation recently hosted its 14th annual multiple sclerosis fundraiser “An Evening in the Vineyards” at CentraState’s Star and Barry Tobias Ambulatory Campus.

The event was attended by nearly 500 guests who enjoyed samplings of 80 wines, beer and spirits from the vendors of Max’s Beer Wine & Liquor in Freehold, according to a press release.

A silent auction and wine toss entertained the crowd, while food was provided by Rob Kash and his partners/staff at Great Restaurants catering, Freehold. In addition, the Gordon Stillwell Tasting Room featured an educational experience boasting some rare wines from the Napa Valley along with special food pairings to complement the wines, and a live auction hosted by Carol Stillwell.

The Visiting Nurse Association Health Group was honored at the event to recognize its collaboration with CentraState and the Linda E. Cardinale Multiple Sclerosis Center by providing home care services, education and assistance to patients needing post-acute care. The association helps MS patients cope with their new reality and improves their quality of life at home, according to the press release.

The event raised nearly $200,000 for the Linda E. Cardinale MS Center which now sees more than 1,700 patients annually — offering patients diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, patient and family support, and an MS Wellness Program.

The Linda E. Cardinale MS Center was developed jointly between CentraState Medical Center and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, New Jersey Metro Chapter, with the support of Vito Cardinale of Cardinale Enterprises in honor of his late wife, Linda.