This past week, the winners of the Roman Jewelers’ Wedding were married. After raising more than $20,000 for Special Olympics New Jersey and winning the charity contest last fall, the couple celebrated their nuptiuals at the Villa at Mountain Lakes, in Mountain Lakes, NJ courtesy of Frungillo Catering.
After 8 weeks of raising money and awareness for 10 New Jersey non-profit organizations finalists in the second Roman Jewelers Wedding contest gathered at Roman Jeweler’s Renaissance Plaza to find out who won the wedding of their dreams. Congressman Leonard Lance, representatives from all 10 non-profits, community members, friends and family were there to show support for the contestants. The evening culminated with the announcement that winners of the free luxury wedding were Marah Winkler and Jimmy Silvestri of Forked River.
Through implementing “Good Deed Plans,” their completely creative and original initiatives to assist their chosen Charitable Partner, finalist couples raised a total of $67,328 in just under two months.
The finalists implemented Good Deeds Ranging from “Party in pArc,” a fun filled event to support The Arc of Hunterdon that included food, contests, prizes, music and other performances to “Wild About Woodlands,” an art auction and community project where artists painted wooden bears and skunks to be sold and displayed in support of Woodlands Wildlife Refuge. A variety of other events demonstrated the benefits of creativity when fundraising and building awareness for charity.
Four judges were responsible for reviewing the results of each plan and listening to each couple speak about their accomplishments. The panel included Roman Shor, President and Owner of Roman Jewelers; Molly Tully, Editor of New Jersey Bride Magazine; Candice Benson, President of the Association of Bridal Consultants NJ and NJ Chapter of Wish Upon a Wedding and Radio Personality Toni Ryan, host of 94.5 WPST’s More Variety Workday.
After hearing their presentations judges deliberated for close to 20 minutes before reaching their final decision. Congressman Lance, commented how difficult the decision would be and told the audience “he did not envy the judges task.”
The congressman attended the event to congratulate and thank all of the contestants, as well as Roman Jewelers owners’ Sophie and Roman Shor. He commended the accomplishments of all the contestants and added that,” Hunterdon County and the State of New Jersey are thankful.”
Following the deliberation, Marah Winkler and Jimmy Silvestri of Forked River were announced winners. The couple donated $20,571 dollars to help Special Olympics New Jersey in their mission to provide more than 21,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities free sports training and competitive opportunities.
Their comprehensive awareness and fundraising plan included a “Bowl-a-Thon,” “Bounce-U Children’s Event,” “Mega 50/50 Raffle,” a 10% give back month at Tiffany’s Restaurant in Toms River, outreach to area schools and various other initiatives.
The couple also generated awareness for Special Olympics New Jersey by sending home flyers in schools, creating a Facebook page, reaching 55,000 viewers with PSAs on TV 21 of Ocean County, distributing information in local businesses and running radio PSAs on 105.7 The Hawk for a month.
Mark Edenzon, President and CEO of SONJ says “The contest is unique in the fact that it introduces philanthropy to young couples and as demonstrated by all the contestants it has proved to be incredibly profitable for the charities involved. We are thrilled that our couple was able to successfully achieve what they set out to achieve and those funds will be used to support Special Olympics athletes throughout the state.”
The couple was “speechless,” said Ms. Winkler. “This was one of the greatest experiences of our lives, the contest helped us grow even closer, we’ve never worked together as a team like we have the last two months. We had our ups and downs but at the end of the day we raised money and awareness for an amazing charity and it was well worth it.“
The lucky winners will be married on February 12, 2011 at The Villa at Mountain Lakes. Their all expense paid luxury wedding includes a couture wedding gown, five night honeymoon on Hawaii’s big island, full photography and videography services, food and drink for 200 guests, wedding cake, limousine services and everything else to make a wedding possible. Each piece is provided by Roman Jewelers Wedding Romantic Partners, premier wedding vendors who feel it is important to give back.
Throughout the two years The Roman Jewelers Wedding has been put on the contest has raised over $166,000 dollars and widespread awareness for non-profits across the state. “We couldn’t be happier than to provide this contest so that people can make a difference in community and change the lives of people in need around New Jersey,” says Sophie Shor, Vice President of Roman Jewelers.
To see all the details of the Marah and Jimmy’s dream wedding and learn more about the generous NJ wedding vendors who donate their goods and services to make it possible visit www.romanjewelers.com
The winner of the Roman Jewelers Wedding contest, presented by New Jersey Bride, will be announced on October 7 at 6:30 pm at Roman Jeweler’s Renaissance Plaza in Flemington. The contest, sponsored by Roman Jewelers of Flemington and Bridgewater, will award a free luxury wedding to the couple who most successfully completed their “good deed plan,” the ideas and goals they set in August to conduct the most successful fundraiser and awareness campaign for a local charity.
After weeks of aniticipation and planning, the auditions for the Roman Jewelers Wedding are upon us. This Saturday, engaged couples from New Jersey (and PA, too) will be descending upon the Villa at Mountain Lakes in Mountain Lakes, NJ. The auditions start at 9 a.m and will end at 2:30. There is still time to register online at http://weddings.romanjewelers.com/. You can also stop by and register right on site.
The Roman Jewelers Wedding, presented by NJ Bride, offers engaged couples nothing less than a first class luxury wedding thanks to our Romantic Partners. Let’s take a look at who they are and what they will be providing:
Mountain Lakes – Jerry and Robert Frungillo, stars of TLC TV show Masters of Reception have teamed up with a luxury jeweler and New Jersey Bride magazine to give away a free wedding. The contest, created by Roman Jewelers of Flemington and Bridgewater invites engaged couples to compete for the wedding by raising money or making a difference for one of ten New Jersey charities.
Known for throwing lavish weddings at their four locations – The Villa, Skylands Manor, The Mezzanine and Oakeside Mansion – Frungillo Caterers (www.frungillo.com) was chosen for TLC’s TV show over 100 other caterers. “They like how we go out of our way for our events and our brides and grooms. They witnessed it first hand and liked our family atmosphere and how Robert and I are so involved in what happens every day — selecting menus, purchasing fresh items, and training our staff ourselves. They like how we never say no, we just keep going and going until people are happy.”
The Frungillos were happy to get involved in a giveaway that gives back to the community. “It’s nice to help people out during these tough times,” explains Jerry, the older of the two brothers.
Along with developing a passion for doing whatever it takes to make their clients happy, the Frungillo brothers learned the importance of helping others early on. “If something ever happened to someone we knew, my father would be the first one to house offering to help out, we learned that lesson and are always helping out organizations and individuals,” admits Robert.
Although Frungillo Caterers has given away a wedding reception in the past, this contest is far different. Now in it’s second year, The Roman Jewelers Wedding combines romance with philanthropy. To win the luxury wedding prize, brides and grooms-to-be will have the make a difference for ten New Jersey non-profit organizations.
Last year’s contest, created to celebrate Roman Jewelers’ 20th Anniversary and help area charities raise funds and awareness in tough economic times raised nearly $100,000 for charity in 6 short weeks. “Our couples did such a good job. They worked so hard and the community is so thankful. We don’t expect any less from this year’s contest,” said Roman Jewelers’ co- owner Sophie Shor. “We’re expecting more,” she adds with a smile.
At auditions on July 17, 2010 at The Villa at Mountain Lakes, couples will tell their compelling love story to a panel of judges from 9am to 2:30pm. At 2:30, judges will announce twenty semifinalist couples that will have two weeks to develop a creative and original “Good Deed Plans” to help their chosen charity.
The ten best plans will be chosen to move on as finalists and compete to win the grand prize; a free luxury wedding including a reception with food and drinks for 200 guests at The Villa, diamond wedding bands from Roman Jewelers, a couture wedding gown from Donna Morello Wedding Gowns, entertainment by Craig Scott, floral arrangements by Conroy’s Creations, professional photography by Transposure Fine Art Photography and invitations by Occasions. Videography, luxury transportation, skin care and exercise packages, hair and makeup, tuxedos, and a honeymoon at the Hilton Waikoloa Village on Hawaii’s big island are also all included.
Finalist couples will have approximately eight weeks to implement their “Good Deed Plans on behalf their Charitable Partners which include Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Jersey, Special Olympics New Jersey, Anderson House, Woodlands Wildlife Refuge, America’s Grow-a-Row, The Arc of Hunterdon, Hunterdon Art Museum, Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity, SAFE in Hunterdon and the Hunterdon County YMCA.
The winning couple will be announced at Flemington’s Renaissance Plaza in October. They will be chosen based on the couple’s love story, their dedication to helping others, the impact they’ve had on charity and the results of their Good Deed.