Matheny is a special hospital and educational facility in Peapack for children and adults with medically complex developmental disabilities.

The Friends of Matheny’s Second Chance thrift shop is celebrating its 30th anniversary, an accomplishment that lent a special festive atmosphere to Linda Horton’s annual “thank you” event for the shop’s volunteers, conducted this year on Sunday, April 26.

Horton, a Matheny Medical and Educational Center trustee, manages the shop, which passed the $100,000 mark in sales for this season on April 24.

Each of the volunteers attending the annual celebration event was asked to wear or bring at least one item purchased at the shop that could be modeled or demonstrated for everyone else. This year’s “fashion show”, as usual, was very entertaining. One volunteer wore an unusual interchangeable item from Taiwanese designer Corinne Chen, and a group of volunteers demonstrated how they could change napkins, pillowcases and shirts into aprons.

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Matheny trustee and parent Edana Desatnick of Basking Ridge, left, models a coat purchased by Matheny student Raven Bennett, right. Bennett volunteers at the Second Chance shop. (Photo: PHOTO COURTESY OF MATHENY MEDICAL AND EDUCATIONAL CENTER)

Matheny is a special hospital and educational facility in Peapack for children and adults with medically complex developmental disabilities. The Friends of Matheny is an organization dedicated to providing support to Matheny’s programs and services.

The Friends of Matheny’s Second Chance Shop is adjacent to the Gladstone United Methodist Church on Jackson Avenue in Peapack-Gladstone. The shop is open Mondays from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donations of items in good condition are accepted on Mondays only. Visit http://www.matheny.org/the-friends-of-matheny for details.

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