Photos: February’s Roundup of Charitable Giving in NJ

Recent galas and donations benefiting the Burn Center at St. Barnabas Medical Center, Schools That Can, the Fund for Cape May 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 Special Olympics New Jersey from the February issue.

1. Firefighters Hit the Slopes

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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