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Photos: June’s Roundup of Charitable Giving


Each month, New Jersey Monthly features an online roundup of photos taken at various charitable events across the Garden State. We also feature a profile of a nonprofit or outstanding volunteer in the pages of the magazine each month. Check out our profile of Make a Wish NJ from the June issue.

And be sure to send pictures and captions from your recent charitable event to [email protected] for possible inclusion next month!

1. Supporting Safe, Affording Homes

Photo courtesy of Kristin Slaby Photography

Princeton Community Housing‘s 2019 Home Springs Eternal Gala raised nearly $90,000 to increase the number of welcoming and safe, affordable rental homes in Princeton. Marking the occasion were, from left, Alvin McGowen; Lance Liverman; and Ed Truscelli, executive director of PCH.

2. Making a Difference

Photo courtesy of Chris Marksbury.

The Community Chest, a nonprofit that serves eastern Bergen County raised over $100,000 at its annual spring gala, “Make A Difference in Our Community.” From left, the Community Chest’s honorees Lori Stokes, Joe Parisi, Jr., and Vicki Sidrow happily accept Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (far right) proclamations that recognized their contributions in the community.

3. Feeding Our Hungry Neighbors

Photo courtesy of CFBNJ

The Community FoodBank of New Jersey raised more than $1.36 million dollars to help address hunger as a health issue for our neighbors in need at the Blue Jean Ball.

4. Health Care Scholarship

Photo courtesy of Newman Springs Dental Care

Newman Springs Dental Care awarded Jillian Pujols the $500 scholarship for a Middletown Township High School North graduating senior planning a career in health care. Jillian will be attending Drexel University in the fall where she plans on studying premed.

5. Heart Health Awareness

Photo courtesy of Brach Eichler.

As part of Brach Eichler’s commitment to the American Heart Association (AHA), the Roseland-based law firm donated a CPR kit to Grandview School in North Caldwell. Marking the occasion were Judith Friedland and Jim Presbrey of the AHA; principal Michael Stefanelli and nurse Michele Mitchell of Grandview School; Brach Eichler member Carl J. Soranno, Esq.: and Brach Eichler managing member John D. Fanburg, Esq.  Last year, the firm raised over $25,000 in support of the AHA Greater Northern New Jersey Heart Walk.

6. Recoding the Future

The South Jersey Young Professional Association presented a check from their Halo Ball to Hopeworks, a Camden-based nonprofit dedicated to helping youth recode their future. Hopeworks was this year’s beneficiary of the annual gala.

7. Please Don’t Stop the Music

Photo courtesy of Suasion Communications Group.

Sturdy Savings Bank Director of Retail Banking David Repici presented a sponsorship check to Jersey Shore Pops conductor and musical director Linda Gentille. The funds will support the organization’s 2019 Summer Concert Series.

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Photos: May’s Roundup of Charitable Giving


Each month, New Jersey Monthly features an online roundup of photos taken at various charitable events across the Garden State.

Send pictures and captions from your recent charitable event to [email protected] for possible inclusion next month!

1. Supporting Underserved Communities

Photo courtesy of Tom Singer Photo

The Summit Medical Group Foundation held their 6th Annual Gala and Auction, which raised money to provide free wellness screenings in underserved communities, and care and compassion programs for patients and their families who are fighting cancer. Enjoying the event were, from left, Reza Momeni, plastic surgeon with the Plastic Surgery Center at SMG and SMG board member; featured guest Jay Leno; and Katherine Liu, Summit Medical Group Foundation board member.

2. A Taste for Homes

Photo courtesy of Alix G Photography

“A Taste for Homes,” an annual Habitat for Humanity in Monmouth County fundraiser, raised funds for building homes, communities and hope throughout Monmouth County. Marking the occasion are representatives of Lowe’s Home Improvement with Freeholder Gerry Scharfenberger, executive director Diane Kinnane, and board president Greg Robinson.

3. Honoring Physicians

Photo courtesy of Saint Peter’s University Hospital.

Enjoying the Saint Peter’s Foundation annual gala were, from left: Leslie D. Hirsch, FACHE, Interim CEO and President, Saint Peter’s Healthcare System; M. Darryl Antonacci, MD, FACS; the Most Reverend James F. Checchio of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen; Laury A. Cuddihy; and Randal Betz.

4. Running for a Good Cause

Photo courtesy of LADACIN.

For the tenth consecutive year, Team LADACIN, comprised of 27 family, friends, supporters and staff members of LADACIN Network, ran in the New Jersey Marathon to show support and raise money for people with disabilities. This year’s event, including both the race and the after-party, raised more than $36,000.

5. Improving the Lives of Those Living With Diabetes

The Diabetes Foundation’s Visions of Hope fundraising gala raise $170,000 for the foundation’s ongoing programs for those living with diabetes throughout the state of New Jersey.  From left, Laurence Hirsch, executive vice president of the Diabetes Foundation Board of Trustees and Ginine Cilenti, executive director of the Diabetes Foundation, present the Corporate Champion Award to Stanislav Glezer of Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD).

6. Advancing Autism Research

The Columbia Bank Foundation donated $10,000 to Autism Speaks, whose mission is to help individuals and families who are affected by autism and to advance autism research. Marking the occasion were, from left, Lisa VanDerWall, nominating employee and Columbia Bank training instructor; Laura Casolaro, manager and field Ddevelopment representative at Autism Speaks, and Minoska Mateo, acting executive director of the Columbia Bank Foundation.

7. Alzheimer’s Advocates

Alzheimer’s New Jersey, dedicated to providing support for New Jersey residents battling Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, held their 2019 Annual Gala. Enjoying the event were, from left: Karen Davis-Farage, gala chair, Board of Directors secretary; Russell Rothman, board president; Elaine Winter, Alzheimer’s New Jersey director of public policy and advocacy; Tracey Wolfman, Alzheimer’s New Jersey Board of Directors and her husband, Marc Wolfman.

8. Helping Babies With Hearing Loss

The Sound Start Babies Foundation, dedicated to supporting families of babies with hearing loss during the most critical years of brain development, raised $225,000 at their annual fundraiser, where keynote speaker Rebecca Alexander inspired attendees with her personal story of living with Usher Syndrome, Type III, which is causing her to go both deaf and blind. (Read more about Sound Start Babies in our 2018 Giving Back profile of the organization.)

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Photos: April’s Roundup of Charitable Giving in NJ


Each month, New Jersey Monthly features photos taken at various charitable events across the Garden State. These have previously been featured on the Giving Back page in the magazine, but as of the September 2018 issue, will only be posted online.

The Giving Back page in the magazine is now dedicated to profiling a NJ-based charity or individual volunteer. Read our Giving Back spotlight on Unbridled Heroes Project from the April issue.

1. Be the Change

Photo courtesy of KIPP New Jersey

KIPP New Jersey celebrated 17 years of preparing Camden and Newark’s future leaders by hosting its 12th annual “Be the Change” fundraising event, raising $850,000 to directly support KIPP New Jersey schools in Newark and Camden. Marking the occasion are, from left, Senator Teresa Ruiz , Kathleen Nugent and Councilman Ramos.

2. Salt Creek Grille’s Annual Fundraiser

Photo credit: Tom Zapcic Photography

Salt Creek Grille’s 16th annual Wine & Martini Tasting fundraiser raised over $50,000 for Impact 100 Jersey Coast, a collaborative of women of all ages and backgrounds who combine their charitable dollars, experience and energy to raise awareness of our community’s most pressing needs. Enjoying the evening were, from left, Salt Creek Grille co-owner Steve Bidgood, Deirdre Spiropoulos, Lori Missig and Heather Burke.

3. Health Bee

Photo by Clutch Shot Productions, courtesy of UnitedHealthcare

UnitedHealthcare of New Jersey and the Westfield Area YMCA teamed up to host the UnitedHealthcare Health Bee as part of a statewide initiative to fight childhood obesity and physical inactivity. In partnership with the Westfield Area YMCA, UnitedHealthcare provides all 7th graders in the service area of Cranford, Garwood, Mountainside and Westfield with a free Westfield Area YMCA limited pre-teen membership for the school. During a spirited final round, a team from Orange Avenue School won in overtime, earning the school $1,000 for its health and wellness programs. Lincoln School earned second place and a $500 prize, and St. Michael’s School took home the school spirit award and a $250 prize.

4. United Way Women Lead the Way

Photo courtesy of Jennifer Brown/United Way of Northern New Jersey

More than 400 area women business and community leaders attended the United Way of Northern New Jersey Women United fundraiser, which raised nearly $55,000 to to help put ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) individuals and families on a path to financial stability.

5. Jersey Mike’s Gives Back to Jersey

Photo courtesy of Jersey Mike’s Subs

Jersey Mike’s Subs’ 9th annual “Month of Giving” raised more than $7.3 million for charities nationwide. In New Jersey, $458,700 was raised for Make-A-Wish New Jersey. Jersey Mike’s founder and CEO Peter Cancro (kneeling, 2nd from left) celebrated with other employees.

6. Expanding the Bike Path in Somers Point

The City of Somers Point was awarded a $130,000 grant from the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) to expand the Somers Point bike path. The expansion will include construction of bike lanes on Somers Point-Mays Landing Road, which will be used to connect the existing bike path and the Route 52 multi-use path to the new Garden State Parkway multi-use path and bike lanes on Route 9.

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Photos: March’s Roundup of Charitable Giving in NJ


Each month, New Jersey Monthly features photos taken at various charitable events across the Garden State. These have previously been featured on the Giving Back page in the magazine, but as of the September 2018 issue, will only be posted online.

The Giving Back page in the magazine is now dedicated to profiling a NJ-based charity or individual volunteer. Read our Giving Back spotlight on Hope Loves Company from the March issue.

1. Women Fighting Hunger

Photo by Kathryn Huang Photography.

The Community FoodBank of New Jersey raised $244,000 to help feed hungry children at its third annual Women Fighting Hunger Luncheon. Celebrating were, from left: Jill Gateman, executive vice president of PNC Bank; Wendy Lazarus; Carlos M. Rodriguez, president and CEO of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey; Tom Colicchio; Judy Spires, CEO of Kings Food Markets; and Debbi Shedlin.

2. Teens Pitch In to Dig Out Neighbor

Photo courtesy of charitable organization

Tyler Grieco, Chris Leibfred, Justin Stanton, Patrick Lanigan and Amon Sharafi, students from Parsippany High School, enjoyed a complimentary meal at their local Applebee’s as a reward for their actions the previous week. On Monday, March 4, the group of high school seniors relinquished the extra hours of sleep they might have gotten due to a Snow Day school closure to shovel out a neighbor who had a medical treatment at 6 am. The boys cleared away the eight inches of snow as the sun rose, and their neighbor was able to get to her treatment.

3. CentraState’s Celebration Ball

Photo courtesy of charitable organization

CentraState Healthcare Foundation hosted its 57th annual Celebration Ball, which raised over $250,000 to benefit the Rutgers/RWJ Family Medicine Residency Program at CentraState in the new Freehold Family Health Center. Enjoying the evening were, from left, Ronald Mattia, Patricia Mattia, Karen Friedenberg, Jeffrey Friedenberg and Rob Kash.

4. Supporting Safety in Schools

Photo courtesy of charitable organization

The Fairfield Home & School Association received a $15,000 grant from the Columbia Bank Foundation. The grant will fund the installation of interior surveillance cameras at two of the district’s elementary schools. Marking the occasion were, from left: Richard Graff, Columbia Bank vice president; Andrea Jandoli, business banking officer; Susan Ciccotelli, Fairfield HSA board member; Thomas J. Kemly, superintendent; Lorely Machin, president and CEO of Columbia Bank; Lyanna Rios, Fairfield HSA treasurer; Pasquale Freda, board secretary; Brian Egan, Fairfield HSA board president; a Fairfield HSA board member; and Michael Sapienza, Fairfield HSA board member.

5. Funds for Fighting Breast Cancer

Photo courtesy of charitable organization

Blue Point Grill’s 2019 Pink Pearl Night and Witherspoon Grill’s Pink Drink Night raised $19,600 for the YWCA Princeton Breast Cancer Resource Center. Celebrating were, from left, Mark Charbonneau of Fulton Bank, Kefi Godfrey of Beyond Inc., Paula Flory of YWCA Princeton, Janet Whitaker of Beyond Inc., Jess Morrison and Jack Morrison of JM Group, Jeff Perlman and Leslie Duffy of Borden Perlman, Kristina Daniels of Blue Point Grill, Shelleen Piselli of Borden Perlman and Heather Jones of NJM Insurance Group.

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Photos: February’s Roundup of Charitable Giving in NJ





Each month, New Jersey Monthly features photos taken at various charitable events across the Garden State. These have previously been featured on the Giving Back page in the magazine, but as of the September 2018 issue, will only be posted online.

The Giving Back page in the magazine is now dedicated to profiling a NJ-based charity or individual volunteer. Read our Giving Back spotlight on Special Olympics New Jersey from the February issue.

1. Firefighters Hit the Slopes

Photo courtesy of charitable organization.

New Jersey firefighters hit the slopes at Mountain Creek Resort in Vernon during the 32nd annual charity race for the Burn Center at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston. The event puts fire and rescue teams from different units throughout the state against one another through a gated slalom racecourse. Races are made up of teams of five, who speed around on skis and snowboards carrying a 50-foot length of hose in full firefighting gear.

2. Supporting Schools That Can

Photo courtesy of charitable organization.

Impact100 Essex awarded a $120,000 grant to Schools That Can, a nonprofit that reimagines education to provide real-world, hands-on, industry-specific STEM education and experience for high school students in Newark.. Marking the occasion were the Impact100 Essex Steering Committee (in green) with Tiffany Jackson, manager of school programs; Erin Sweeney, executive director; and Stephanie Baker, advisory board chair of Schools That Can Newark.

3. Punkin’ Chunkin’ For a Good Cause

Photo courtesy of charitable organization.

Melissa Byrd of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, left, happily accepts a $12,766 from Chris McCrohan of Kohler Distributing Company and Regan DeBenedetto of the Shannon Rose Irish Pub. The funds were raised at the Shannon Rose Irish Pub’s fifth annual Punkin’ Chunkin’ competition at its Clifton and Ramsey locations.

4. The Fifth Annual Ice Ball

Photo courtesy of charitable organization.

The fifth annual Ice Ball to benefit the Fund for Cape May raised nearly $190,000. Hosted annually by Congress Hall, the Ice Ball raises private funds for public projects to support South Jersey’s Cape Island communities. Enjoying the evening were Ice Ball host committee members Tracey and Jeff Martin, Lee and Jill Bellarmino, Kate and Jerry Hathaway, Curtis Bashaw, Beatrice Pessagno,  Peter Cole, Tom and Sue Carroll, Matthew Glenn,  Barbara Kolodny Glenn, David and Claudia Von Savage, Christina and David Clemans, and Bill Bezaire and Cathy Pierce.

5. Eden Autism Center Announces Expansion at Annual Gala

Photo courtesy of charitable organization.

Eden Autism Center held its annual gala, “Eden Dreams in Art,” which merged visual, culinary and performing arts into a sensory experience and raised over $195,000 to support Eden’s programs. At the gala, it was announced that Eden is expanding into programming for aging adults with autism. Schalks Crossing, Eden’s fifth day center for adults will serve those who are at or near retirement and others whose medical needs prevent them from employment or volunteerism. Enjoying the event were, from left, Rod Chadehumbe, Madeline Chadehumbe, Kathleen Moore; Justice Helen E. Hoens and Robert Schwaneberg.

6. Investing in Our Youth

Photo courtesy of charitable organization.

The Phoenix Center in Nutley, a private school that serves nearly 150 students ages 5-21 with autism, multiple disabilities, behavioral and intellectual disabilities and cognitive impairment, recently received a $5,000 grant from the Investors Foundation to further the school’s investment in instructional technology.

7. Working Together

Photo courtesy of charitable organization.

Kimberly Smith, the regional director of Community Impact at Comcast received the EDI Award from Easterseals NJ at its recent “Working Together” event. Marking the occasion were, from left, Charles Smith and Fred DeAndrea, directors, Government Affairs at Comcast; Easterseals NJ CEO Brian Fitzgerald; Bob Smith, vice president, Community Impact at Comcast; Kimberly Smith; Stephen Hoelper, vice chair/operations at Comcast and Easterseals NJ board member; and Bill Bronson, director, Community Impact at Comcast.

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Photos: January’s Roundup of Charitable Giving in NJ





Each month, New Jersey Monthly features photos taken at various charitable events across the Garden State. These have previously been featured on the Giving Back page in the magazine, but as of the September 2018 issue, will only be posted online.

The Giving Back page in the magazine is now dedicated to profiling a NJ-based charity or individual volunteer. Read our Giving Back spotlight on Kula for Karma from the January issue.

Do you know of an upcoming charitable event? Click here to submit it to our online calendar.

1. Holiday Toy Run

Photo courtesy of charitable organization.

Young volunteers pause for a photo during the Joseph Lacroce Foundation Toy Run, which delivered about 1,200 donated toys and other gifts for young Virtua patients.

2. Partners for Health

Photo credit: Neil Grabowsky / Partners for Health Foundation

Partners for Health Foundation celebrated its 10-year anniversary by awarding 10 Community Impact Awards and grants totaling $100,000 to those making a difference in the health and well-being of local communities. Celebrating were, from left: Katie York, Lifelong Montclair; Paul Lisovicz, Partners for Health Foundation Founder’s Award recipient; Wally Weikert, Family Service League; Jennifer Papa, City Green; Buddy Evans, YMCA of Montclair; Nicole McGrath, KinderSmile Foundation; Mario Szuchman, Zufall Health Center; Latifah Jannah, Sister to Sister, who accepted on behalf of Adele Katz; Anne Mernin, Toni’s Kitchen; Ann Lippel, Senior Citizens Advisory Council; Mike Bruno, Human Needs Food Pantry; Carolyn Lack, Aging in Montclair; Thomas McCarrick, Connections at Home; and Mary Rossettini, Clifton Homeless Task Force.

3. SAFE in Hunterdon

Photo courtesy of charitable organization.

SAFE in Hunterdon, dedicated to serving survivors of domestic and sexual violence, received a $35,000 donation from the Consignment Shop of Flemington. Marking the occasion were, from left, front row: Judy Balaban, SAFE advisory board member; Karen Carbonello, director of SAFE in Hunterdon; Gay Mitchell, board member of the Consignment Shop of Flemington; back row: Chris Vogel, manager of the Consignment Shop of Flemington; Tillie Campbell, assistant manager of the Consignment Shop of Flemington; and Lisa Fasano, board member of the Consignment Shop of Flemington.
4. Duffel Bags for Foster Children

Photo courtesy of charitable organization.

The average foster child moves seven times before the age of 18. Many of the 1,400 foster children in South Jersey have to carry their belongings from home-to-home in a garbage bag. Partnering with Appel Farm Arts and Music Center and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), community member Elizabeth Ranson and her son Trenton Fischer (pictured) raised $900 dollars to donate duffel bags for foster children in South Jersey.

5. New Jersey Devils Spread Holiday Cheer

Photo courtesy of RWJBarnabas Health

New Jersey Devils players and alumni brought holiday cheer to patients at 11 RWJBarnabas Health hospitals in December. To highlight the system wide visits, 2018 NHL All-Star and cancer survivor Brian Boyle, 2018 NHL MVP Taylor Hall and NJD leading goal scorer Kyle Palmieri spent time with patients at the Valerie Fund Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at RWJBarnabas Health’s Children’s Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. Funds from last year’s New Jersey Devils Hockey Fights Cancer night directly supported renovations to the family and patient reception area they are sitting in.

6. Funding Research for Pediatric Brain Tumors

Photo credit: Amaris Pollock.

The Kortney Rose Foundation‘s annual donation to fund research on pediatric brain tumors for 2018 totaled $145,000. It was the foundation’s 12th annual donation made in memory of nine-year old Kortney Rose Gillette, who died from a brain tumor in 2006. The funds raised will build toward the nearly $2 million contributed by the foundation to date.

7. Protecting Our Beaches and Coastal Waterways

Photo courtesy of charitable organization.

Clean Ocean Action (COA), a non-profit with more than 30 years of service in protecting our beaches and coastal waterways, recently held a successful fundraiser, Ocean in Motion, at the Windows on the Water venue in Sea Bright. Enjoying the occasion were, from left, Ashley Bissett and Stacy Warshauer.

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