Giving Back: AeroFarms Awarded $1 Million Seeding Solutions Grant

Plus: The African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey receives a $10,000 grant, the Purr'n Pooch Foundation Animal Summer Gala raises $85,000 for animals and more.

Each month, New Jersey Monthly’s Giving Back page features photos taken at various charitable events across the Garden State. The following snapshots were featured in the December Growing Up issue.

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1. Improving the Quality of Leafy Greens

Photo courtesy of charitable organization.

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) awarded a $1 million grant to AeroFarms, an indoor vertical-farming company in Newark. Celebrating were, from left, Roger Buelow, AeroFarms CTO; Ann Bartuska of FFAR; Sally Rockey of FFAR; Parag Chitnis, USDA NIFA deputy director; David Rosenberg, AeroFarms CEO; Marc Oshima, AeroFarms CMO; and Tom Stenzel, United Fresh Produce Association president and CEO.

2. A Restoration in Trenton

Photo credit: Gary Horn.

The African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) received a $10,000 grant from Roma Bank Community Foundation to go toward the purchase and restoration of a damaged 19th-century building in Trenton, the new home of the AACCNJ. Marking the occasion were, from left, Cecilee Abney, John E. Harmon, Deneshia Rowe and Linda Martin.

3. Supporting Public Educational Programs

Photo credit: Paloma Torres/The Lawrenceville School

The Lawrenceville School donated $65,000 to the Lawrence Township Education Foundation in support of educational programs and experiences for Lawrence Township public school students. Celebrating were, from left, Melanie Fillmyer, Briana Thompson, Steven Murray, Karen Faiman, Rick Smith and Carol Katz Connelly.

4. Coming Together for Community-Based Health Programs

Photo courtesy of charitable organization.

The VNA Health Group raised $400,000 in support of community-based health programs at the company’s Beach Ball celebration. Enjoying the event were, from left, Steven Landers, VNA Health Group president and CEO; Beach Ball honorees Liz and Thom Thees; and Lynn Spector, VNA Foundation board chairman.

5. All About the Animals

Photo credit: Craig Aiken.

Enjoying the Purr’n Pooch Foundation Animal Summer Gala were, from left, Nicholas Spadavecchia, Darren Spadavecchia, and Melanie and Mike Polloway. The event raised more than $85,000 for various animal-rescue groups.

6. Running With the Devils

Photo courtesy of charitable organization.

The RWJBarnabas Health Running With the Devils 5K raised $37,000 to benefit the Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville. Celebrating with the NJ Devils Mascot were, from left, Lou LaSalle, Adam Davis, Matt Loughlin, Mary Ellen Clyne, Ken Daneyko, Ken Rosato and Dr. Frank Mazzarella.

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