The Candle Lighters 20th Annual Tricky Tray Raises More Than $55,000

March 23rd, 2015

The Candle Lighters, a 501c3 organization dedicated to assisting the growth and well-being of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities by raising funds for The Arc of Essex County programs in need of financial support, hosted their 20th Annual Warm Your Heart Tricky Tray on Sunday, March 1.  Raising more than $55,000 and attracting approximately 450 people, the event was a rousing success.

Attendees tested their luck as they vied for 269 regular-sized prizes (valued up to $100) and 107 large prizes (valued at amounts greater than $100) which filled two rooms at the Mayfair Farms banquet hall in West Orange, NJ.  By the time the ticket placement ended, many prizes had cups nearly overflowing with tickets.  As a delicious four-course meal was served, tickets were pulled to pick the winners and results were announced by Tricky Tray Chairperson Stephanie Koprowski-McGowan, often to the energetic applause of the crowd.

To add to the excitement, there were three grand prizes:  a $500 Nordstrom gift card, a 50” Toshiba Flat Screen television, and an Apple iPad.  Additionally, three high-value ShopRite gift certificates, a Fair Share Raffle, a Lottery Scratch-off Apron (valued at $100), and a $500 Amazon gift card attracted excitement from attendees.  To cap off the event, a Wine Cork Pull, in which each player wins a bottle of wine matching the numbered cork they picked, was very popular.  This game alone raised $1,030.   

The tricky tray was made possible thanks to numerous supporters of The Candle Lighters, the Tricky Tray Committee, and dozens of volunteers who assisted in collecting basket prizes, wrapping baskets, and ensuring the smooth operations of the event.  A number of local organizations generously donated their time to volunteer, including high school students from Oratory Preparatory School, Troop 38 Girl Scouts from Assumption Church in Morristown, sorority sisters from Seton Hall University, as well as other friends and family of The Arc.

The Arc of Essex County and The Candle Lighters are looking forward to next year’s Tricky Tray and hope to see you there – snow or shine!