Photos: January’s Roundup of Charitable Giving in NJ

Recent galas and donations benefiting the Thomas Edison State University Foundation, LADACIN Network, Make-a-Wish NJ 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 Light of Day Foundation from the January issue.

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

1. Supporting Culturally Responsive Classrooms in Trenton

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The Thomas Edison State University Foundation received a $10,000 grant from TD Charitable Foundation to support culturally responsive classrooms in the Trenton public school district. The support will help educators create classroom environments that celebrate and affirm their students’ cultural identities, and enable the John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy’s N.J. Cultural Competency and English Language Learners Institute and Mentoring Program to expand its efforts to provide critical teacher development to 15 educators in the Trenton District’s Dual Language classrooms, including those in the newly opened Trenton Global Academy.

2. Kicking Off the New Year

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The Arc of Essex County, a Livingston-based nonprofit that provides support to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, kicked off the new year at the Doing Dishes Pottery Studio in Montclair. The group got to choose a ceramic salad plate, mug, or cereal bowl, then painted it with their own unique flair. Pictured here are Jennifer and Donna smiling for ceramics.

3. A Very Vegan Fest

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The Smith Chiropractic Foundation donated funding to support the Berkeley Heights Vegan Fest 2019 in September, produced by the Berkeley Heights Environmental Commission  and Sustainable Berkeley Heights, a non-profit organization whose mission includes improving the environment and fostering collaboration among community members. Marking the occasion were, from left: Jeanne Kingsley, Township Councilwoman and Sustainable Berkeley Heights vice president; Patrick Smith of the Smith Chiropractic Foundation’s board of directors; Kim Diamond, Sustainable Berkeley Heights president; and Julie Lloyd, Sustainable Berkeley Heights vice president.

4. Get Healthy, Get Moving

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LADACIN Network received a $23,225 grant from the Provident Bank Foundation to support their “Get Healthy, Get Moving” initiative. Marking the occasion were, from left: Samantha Plotino, Provident Bank Foundation associate; Patricia Carlesimo, LADACIN executive director; Luisa Vroman, LADACIN director of development and community relations; and Jane Kurek, Provident Bank Foundation executive director.

5. Changing Children’s Lives

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Jerry Murphy and Matthew McGovern of Make-a-Wish NJ happily accept a check for $16,000 from MJH Life Sciences. The funds were raised during the company’s annual holiday party. (Read our feature on Make-a-Wish NJ here.)

6. Athletes Give Back

Photo courtesy of Mark Krajnak

New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, center, made an appearance at iPlay America in Freehold for an exclusive fan Q&A. iPlay America also held an auction with several sports and entertainment items that helped raise over $5,000 benefiting the Henrik Lundqvist Foundation, working to create positive change in the lives of children and adults. Joining Lundqvist were Alexa Spanvill and Bob McDaid of iPlay America.

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