Photos: February’s Roundup of Charitable Giving in NJ

Recent galas and donations benefiting the USA Swimming Foundation, East Hanover PBA Civic Organization, American Heart Association 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 GlassRoots from the February issue.

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

1. Raising Future Swimmers

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Olympic swimmer Ryan Murphy took a break from training for the 2020 Summer Olympics to visit Goldfish Swim School in Closter. The visit was the result of the “Gift of Gold Medal Experience,” a fundraising campaign held by Jersey locations of the Goldfish Swim School, which raised nearly $10,000 to benefit the USA Swimming Foundation.

2. 40North Restaurant Group Gives Back

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40North Restaurants recently celebrated the grand opening The Office Tavern Grill’s newest location in East Hanover. The Office Tavern Grill hosted a private friends and family training event to benefit the East Hanover PBA Civic Organization, raising $4,000 for the nonprofit organization, which supports local charities and youth organizations in the East Hanover area. Marking the occasion were, from left, front row: councilman Brian Brokaw; councilman Michael Martorelli; councilwoman Carolyn Jandoli; Michael Liotta, PBA Civic Association; Mayor Joseph Pannullo; Biagio Scotto, president of Villa Restaurant Group; and Anthony Scotto, CEO of Villa Restaurant Group. Back row: Pasquale Lobracio, PBA Civic Association; Mike Fillippone, PBA Civic Association; Jesse Novalis, president, PBA Civic Association; Steven Baliva, divisional vice president of operations, 40North Restaurant Group; Frank Franco, PBA Civic Association; and Robert Chiazzo, PBA Civic Association.

3. PingPongParkinson Expands Its Services

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PingPongParkinson, a nonprofit established to improve the symptoms of Parkinson’s and patients’ quality of life through the game of table tennis, extended its services to North Jersey for the first time earlier this month. Marking the occasion were, from left, Nenad Bach, Dr. Elizabeth Kera, Dr. Elana Clar and Dr. Art Dubow.

4. Trusting in the Future of Education

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The Newark Trust for Education (NTE) recently held an event where attendees looked back on the Trust’s first nine years, as well as looked ahead to the future. Enjoying the event were, from left, Kaleena Berryman, NTE Partner and director of the Abbott Leadership Institute; NTE Trustee Barbara Reisman of the Maher Charitable Foundation; and Nicole T. Johnson, deputy superintendent of the Newark Board of Education.

5. Fighting Heart Disease

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Bergen Passaic Heart Walk director Melissa Alonso, of the American Heart Association, happily accepts a check from Regan DeBenedetto, director of operations at the Shannon Rose Irish Pub. The donation resulted from the pubs’ annual fundraising campaign to benefit the organization and will help support the organization’s mission to fight heart disease and strokes through funding CPR training, innovative research, fighting for stronger public health policies, placing more AEDs throughout communities and providing critical tools and information to save and improve lives.

6. Mountain Creek Resort Hosts 42nd Annual Special Olympics

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Earlier this month, Mountain Creek Resort in Vernon hosted the 42nd Annual Special Olympics New Jersey Winter Games. The event began with an opening ceremony at Mountain Creek and invited athletes from across the state to compete in a variety of events, including cross country skiing, alpine skiing, snowshoeing, snowboarding and speed-skating. Children and adults of all ages gave it their all at the two-day event, performing a variety of Olympic-type sports.

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