Girls’ Night Out Fundraiser

March 28, 2013 – LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. — Mothers, daughters, sisters, business colleagues and BFF’s came together to enjoy an evening of food, wine and shopping Monday, March 18, at Trenton’s treasured Marsilio’s Kitchen to raise money for PEI Kids, a child advocacy nonprofit based in Lawrence, NJ.

Several area businesses and vendors were on-hand at the second annual Girls’ Night Out event that raised more than $2,000 for PEI Kids. The fundraiser, attended by approximately 100 women (and some men), also included basket raffles, light massages and beauty activities.

“It’s important for us to invest in our community and support charitable organizations like PEI Kids,” said Denise Meinster, co-owner of Marsilio’s Kitchen. “The proceeds we raised will have a positive effect on the children and families of Mercer County through the much-needed programs and services they offer.”

All food and most of the wine served at the event were generously donated by Marsilio’s Kitchen. The Italian restaurant has a history of charitable work with PEI Kids that goes back to the years when Marsilio’s Kitchen was known as Marsilio’s Restaurant.

PEI Kids’ Executive Director Penny Ettinger said,” We are extremely grateful for local businesses like Marsilio’s Kitchen that continue to support PEI Kids and encourage the community to join us for a fun and worthwhile evening.”

“These fundraisers not only raise valuable funds for our programs and services but build wonderful community friends for our organization,” she added. “This event would not be possible without all of Denise Meinster’s hard work, and the vendors and sponsors she recruited to participate. She took on a majority of work to coordinate this event,” Ettinger added.

Businesses who participated in the event also donated 10 percent of sales for the evening. They included: A La Mode on the Road, Arbonne, Ginny’s Fancies, Favor Your Moments, Origami Owl, Pampered Chef, Task Complete, Tastefully Simple, Tea for All, Thirtyone Gifts, Time Well Spent – Concierge and Personal Errand Service, Visual Effects, artist & designer, Jane Zamost and the Zanya Salon Spa.

The evening sponsors included: Nottingham Insurance, John Rossi DJ, Parties! Rare to Well Done, George Meyer and Ventura Wealth Management.

About PEI Kids
PEI Kids’ aspiration for the children of Mercer County, NJ, is “Safe Kids, Sound Futures.” Currently serving approximately 16,000 children and their families each year, the nonprofit organization began in 1985 when, while working at a rape crisis center, its founders discovered there were no local services tailored for children who had been sexually abused. For the past 28 years, its mission has been dedicated to promoting and maintaining a safe environment for all children. Its services have expanded to include engaging, developmentally appropriate and culturally diverse Prevention/Education and Intervention programs relating to personal safety; physical and sexual abuse; understanding physical and educational differences; school safety and bullying; anger management; gang prevention; and the overall well-being of the child and family.

PEI Kids also serves as the lead agency of the Greater Mercer Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse, comprising representatives from all 13 Mercer municipalities and cross disciplines including the medical community, child welfare, adult survivors of sexual abuse, law enforcement, religion and education. To learn more about PEI Kids’ many programs and services for Mercer County children and families, and how you can support its efforts, please call (609) 695-3739 or visit ( All calls regarding possible abuse are confidential.

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