Introducing Mary Ann Castagnetta, author

Mary Ann Castagnetta has been a resident of New Jersey for over 35 years after experiencing a wonderful childhood in Brooklyn, New York. She had always wanted to put Bubble Gum Dreams in book form after telling this story to her son John, who is the character in the book. However, life got in the way and she has been busy performing in Community Theater for over 30 years. She performed in many Musical and Non-Musical Productions with her favorites being Nunsense and Steel Magnolias. She was also incredibly happy to make an appearance on the Gene Simmons Reality TV Show, Family Jewels and was thrilled to spend 3 days with him. After writing Bubble Gum Dreams, children asked her to author another book since they loved the first book so much. She then wrote Elephant Soup?, Rosie Ravioli's Cape May Adventure (where all of the 96 people and 4 dogs are actually real people) and finally her latest book, Haunted Vacation, and is working on a fifth book currently. One of Mary Ann's most important associations is with Family Promise of Cape May County. She started as a volunteer after moving to Cape May. She then became a Board Member and worked her way up to Board President. Family Promise of Cape May County is a program designed to help families with who are experiencing homelessness. They are a non-traditional sheltering program that only accepts families with children. A network of faith- based organizations and over 1,000 volunteers provide temporary housing and meals for families in their program and help them take the necessary steps toward lasting independence. Family Promise is funded solely by donations and fundraisers and take NO government money, and believes it is unacceptable for even one child to be without a home in Cape May County or anywhere in our country.