Wayne, NJ (PressExposure) December 08, 2011 -- "When I heard about the Voit family fundraiser, Operation Hope, I knew I just had to do what I could to help," says Scott Walode, President and CEO of ExhibitCraft, Inc. in Wayne, NJ. "I have a personal connection with Wayne, NJ and I have children that go to Wayne Valley High School."
On Sunday, December 8th, the 44-year old mother of 3 children, Lorraine Voit, 44 died. The children's father, John, 48, died in March.
Originally raised in Passaic County and living in Clifton, NJ, the Voits moved to Florida six years ago. The family returned to NJ and moved to Wayne after John died, renting a house near the Passaic River.
When the house flooded recently, the entire basement and first floor were destroyed, along with the Voits' belongings. Lorraine Voit and three children moved in with John's sister before the flood. For the past few months since their home was destroyed, they have been staying with different family members.
The Operation Hope fundraiser will take place Saturday, December 10th from 9am - 12pm. 100% of the proceeds will be used to pay for funeral costs and also to provide Christmas presents for the three Voit sons.
Donations are being accepted in the form of cash, Christmas presents, wrapping paper and gift cards at Wayne Valley High School. Poinsettias will also be available for purchase for the holidays, with proceeds to benefit the Voit family. ExhibitCraft has donated an event banner stand for the Operation Hope fundraiser.
The event is organized by Lisa Acampora Barbara, of the Wayne Valley Football Booster Club. The Club is operated by a team of parents of members of the Wayne Valley football team and cheerleading squad. Several others in Wayne, NJ are participating in the event, including the Wayne Hills football team and cheerleading squad, the Boys and Girls Club in Wayne, the Wayne Police Athletic League, teachers throughout the Wayne school district.
For more information on how to make a donation, contact Lisa Acampora Barbara at LisaCampo@aol.com. Donations can also be mailed to Operation Hope co-organizer, Cindi Eckrote, at 44 Overlook Avenue, Wayne, NJ 07470, with checks made payable to "Wayne Valley FBC."
"This is about Wayne coming together as one." says Acampora Barbara, Operation Hope organizer. "We just all have to help each other out."