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Fifth Annual OlliePalooza Held in West Orange

Cheryl O'Brien

Friday, August 15, 2014 • 6:54pm

WEST ORANGE, NJ – The fifth annual OlliePalooza, hosted by Greg and Mindy Scheier of Livingston, on behalf of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) was held at The Ballroom at 4Sixty6 on August 14. The event honored Oliver Scheier, who was born with a rare disease called rigid spine muscular dystrophy, and raised funds for the research of rare muscular dystrophies.

Area director for MDA in N.J. Erin Dresnick said, “It has been an amazing experience working with the Scheier family and the Livingston community. We have raised over a quarter of a million dollars over the last four years and we hope to raise over $100,000 tonight for rare muscular dystrophy research.”

According to Dresnick, the MDA has raised $1.3 million for grant research for Oliver’s disease and of that, $250,000 comes from the funds generated by OlliePalooza.

In previous years, the event was held in New York City but Mindy Scheier said, “We brought it back home because this is our community and we wanted to do it here.”

A “Super Silent Auction” was held at the fundraiser with bids including a “beauty basket” with assorted hair products and tools, a Keurig Coffee Maker, and a “VIP package” for the show “Live! with Kelly and Michael,” which included four tickets to a morning taping of the show and a meet and greet with Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan.

Emcee Harrison Greenbaum, an award-winning stand-up comic and television writer, producer and host presented the evening.

Food ranging from Asian to Mediterranean cuisine was served, and a disc jockey provided the music for the evening. An open bar was available for the attendees as well as a station serving “Figenza,” a fig flavored vodka as featured on Food Network’s “Iron Chef America” in Chef Morimoto’s original fig martini.

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