Mohawk hosts scholarship benefit
SPARTA. Scholarship fund to be co-chaired by Sussex County Freeholder Joshua Hertzberg and John Finkledie of the Sparta VFW. First award goes to Ryan Richardson, who graduates from Sparta High School next month.

(L-R) Mohawk House owner Steve Scro, Sparta VFW Post #7248 Commander Peter Litchfield, Ross Richardson, and Sussex County Freeholder Joshua Hertzberg meet at the restaurant on Sunday, May 19, 2019 to discuss the VFW's new Youth Leadership Scholarship Fund, which will be co-chaired by Hertzberg. Richardson's son Ryan will be the first recipient of the award, and a benefit dinner for the fund will be held at the Mohawk House on Thursday, June 6, 2019. (Photo by Mandy Coriston)

By Mandy Coriston
The Mohawk House, in partnership with Sussex County Freeholder Joshua Hertzberg, Husic Wines, and preeminent butcher Pat LaFrieda, will be hosting a wine dinner at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 6, 2019, to benefit the newly created Youth Leadership Scholarship, offered by the Sparta VFW Post #7248.
“We’re thrilled to create this new scholarship,” Hertzberg said, “which will be awarded to a Sparta High School senior who exemplifies leadership and acts as a role model in our community.”
The Mohawk House has partnered with Husic Wines to hold benefit dinners in the past, but nothing on this scale.
“With LaFrieda meats on board, and Husic offering wines and proceeds from rentals of their Napa Vineyard house, we’re hoping this event will be a premier evening to showcase that good begets good,” Mohawk House owner Steve Scro said, “Giving is contagious.”
“I’m grateful to everyone who is on board with this dinner,” Hertzberg said, “These are big names and big businesses, but this shows that the people behind the names genuinely care. These are people who are doing things for our community.”
The scholarship fund will be co-chaired by Hertzberg and John Finkledie of the Sparta VFW. Ryan Richardson, who will be graduating from Sparta High School next month, has been chosen as the first recipient of the scholarship and will be recognized at the school’s Monogram Dinner prior to commencement. Richardson will also be attending the wine dinner to offer his thanks to the sponsors.
“Ryan spends his time coaching younger kids in sports, including those with special needs,” Hertzberg said, “and he takes a lot of time to work with our elderly population. This kid is just unbelievably giving, talented, and generous with his time and skills. We want his peers to see that leadership and community service is rewarded and does not go unnoticed.”
What: Husic Wine Dinner to benefit Sparta VFW Youth Leadership Scholarship Fund
When: 6 p.m., Thursday, June 6, 2019
Where: Mohawk House Restaurant, 1 Mohawk Ave., Sparta, NJ 07871
Cost: $150/person (includes tax and gratuity), all proceeds go to scholarship fund
Tickets: visit the Sparta VFW Facebook page (Sparta VFW Post #7248) or the Mohawk House front desk.