Photos: December’s Roundup of Charitable Giving in NJ

Recent galas and donations benefiting Clean Ocean Action, Seeing Eye Inc., Student/Partner Alliance and more.

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 the HomeFront from the December issue.

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

1. Devils Players Visit Local Hospitals

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New Jersey Devils team members Nikita Gusev, Nico Hischier, Mirco Mueller and Louis Domingue visited Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville to congratulate new parents, play with children, sign autographs and extend holiday wishes to patients, families, employees and physicians.

2. Celebrating Our Ocean

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More 200 supporters of Clean Ocean Action gathered to celebrate the organization’s 35 years of ocean advocacy. The “Ocean Celebration” event raised nearly $61,000.

3. Funding Scholarships for Students

Montclair resident Bruce and Susan Reitz hosted 38 adults and 4 children at the 35th annual Bunk’s Fun Run. Their college friends, neighbors, board members, staff, and other Student/Partner Alliance (S/PA) supporters raised close to $13,000 for scholarships for students.

4. Supporting Seeing Eye Dogs

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The Columbia Bank Foundation donated $10,000 to Seeing Eye Inc., the Morristown-based guide dog school. Marking the occasion are, from left,: Robert A Pudlak, Seeing Eye’s CFO and Director, Administration and Finance; John Piertrowitz, Senior Vice President BSA and Security Officer; Julie Holland, Executive Director of the Columbia Bank Foundation; Daniel Conway, Vice President, Commercial Lender; Glenn Hoagland, President and CEO of Seeing Eye; E. Thomas Allen Jr., Columbia Bank’s Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer; Margot Watson, Branch Operations Manager,;Deborah Morrone-Colella; Director of Donor & Public Relations, Minoska Mateo Project Management Officer; and special furry guest Fonzi.

5. ‘Tis the Season

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The Arc of Essex County, a Livingston-based nonprofit that provides support to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, celebrated the holidays with a holiday sweater cookie swap event. The participants enjoyed decorating and swapping cookies with their peers, and afterward had a delicious chicken and waffles meal. Everyone left with a box full of beautiful cookies, a recipe booklet, and an ugly sweater medal for participating. Here, participants gather for a photo around a decorated tree.

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