Livingston Patch Covers Uncorked & Uncapped
October 5th, 2015
The Arc of Essex County hosted its second annual Uncorked & Uncapped: Wine, Beer, and Food Fest on Thursday, September 24 at the Westminster Hotel in Livingston, NJ. Funds raised will support The Arc’s programs and services that support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families. More than 250 attendees enjoyed a fun-filled evening of fine wine, craft beer, spirits, and restaurant samplings from more than 30 local establishments.
During the evening, The Arc recognized individuals and groups whose longstanding support and service has been integral to the agency’s success. Honorees included:
- Corporate Partner Award: Todd W. Polyniak, CPA, SaxBST
- Public Partner Award: Joseph Tempesta, Jr., Mayor of West Caldwell and Business Administrator of East Hanover
- Community Partner Award: Knights of Columbus: East Hanover, Fairfield, Livingston, Montclair, Short Hills, and Verona
- Lifetime Achievement Award: John O’Brien, Secretary of the Board of Directors for The Arc of Essex County
The evening concluded with the crowning of the “2015 Uncorked & Uncapped Brew Master.” John Byrne of Hopatcong, NJ took home first prize with his “One Half Ale,” a homebrewed English Nut Brown Ale. In second place was Jim Cully of Catawissa, PA with his “See You in Helles” Munich Helles brew. Rounding out the top three was Jan Chwiedosiuk of Stirling, NJ with his “Snowtober” Coffee Vanilla Porter.
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The Arc of Essex County’s 2015 honorees pose with Assemblywoman Mila Jasey, The Arc of Essex County’s CEO Linda Lucas, and Board President Brad Hopton upon receiving joint resolution recognition from the State of New Jersey. Honorees include Corporate Partner Award: Todd Polyniak, SaxBST; Public Partner Award: Joseph Tempesta, Jr.; Community Partner Award: The Knights of Columbus Fairfield, East Hanover, Livingston, Montclair, Short Hills, and Verona; and Lifetime Achievement Award: John O’Brien.