Photos: April’s Roundup of Charitable Giving in NJ

Recent galas and donations benefiting KIPP New Jersey, Impact 100 Jersey Coast, Orange Avenue School, United Way of Northern New Jersey and more.

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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