Photos: July’s Roundup of Charitable Giving

Recent galas and donations benefiting Make-A-Wish NJ, Homes for Veterans, the Tigger House Foundation, Middle Township Police Department 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 Linden-based Ammon Foundation from the July issue.

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

1. Supporting New Jersey’s Most Motivated Students

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Student Partner Alliance, a Summit-based organization, raised $44,000 at its 13th annual Bunk’s Golf  raised $44,000. Funds raised will help support motivated high school students at private high schools in New Jersey’s urban areas of Essex, Hudson and Union counties with tuition assistance and mentoring.

2. Gala Grants More Wishes

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Make-A-Wish New Jersey (MAWNJ) raised more than $1 million that will go toward making life-changing wishes for local children battling critical illnesses. Enjoying the event were, from left, MAWNJ president & CEO Tom Weatherall; corporate controller of Goya Foods, Inc. Tony Diaz; and executive vice president of Goya Foods, Inc. Peter Unanue and his wife Kimberly Unanue.

3. Ocean County College Scholarships

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The recent Ocean County College Foundation Scholarship Celebration raised more than $200,000 to support Ocean County College (OCC) students. Marking the occasion were, from left, Jon Larson, president of OCC; Noelle Carino, chair of the OCC Foundation board; and Kenneth Malagiere, executive director of the OCC Foundation.

4. The Summit Playhouse Gives Back

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From left, Chance Friedman, Daphne Meng, and Matt Green happily accept Student Theatre Awards and $500 each for their participation in productions at the Summit Playhouse.

5. Christmas in July Fundraiser

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The Tigger House Foundation (THF) Student Alliance program hosted a Christmas in July fashion show event at Garmany in Red Bank to begin raising scholarship money for individuals who are struggling with addiction and in need of drug rehabilitation. The organization is dedicated to achieving a positive impact by reducing the death rate of heroin and opiate addiction. The students currently involved in the program are Joe Dibernardo and Daniel Mooney from Christian Brothers Academy; Jaiden Diehl and Robert Gray from Rumson Fair Haven; Emily Ahearn and Olivia Peter from Red Bank Catholic; Frankie Stavola from Middletown South; and Molly Clifford and Anna Ferrigine from Trinity Hall.

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6. The GYM Gives Back to Veterans

The GYM has been a regular supporter of Homes for Veterans, a Harrington Park-based organization, raising more than $64,000 since 2014. The GYM recently held a push-up contest at both GYM locations in Englewood and Montvale. Juan Pla, Montvale’s fitness director, held a 25-hour marathon training session, raising over $7,000. Working with Juan to help raise money for the foundation were James Siletti, US Air Force and Pete Kandel, US Marines in the Montvale location; and Lurressa Thomas, U.S. Army, Daniel Pavas, U.S. Marine Corps, and Jessica Wolthoff, U.S. Air Force in the Englewood location. There was also a dance class held in Englewood to help bring people together for the fundraiser.




7. Sponsoring a Summer Police Youth Camp

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Sturdy Savings Bank (SSB) recently presented a sponsorship check to the Middle Township Police Department for their summer Police Youth Camp. Marking the occasion were, from left, Middle Township mayor Tim Donahue; Middle Township Police Department sergeant Mark Higginbottom; Middle Township Police Department chief of police Chris Leusner; SSB Cape May Court House branch manager Lisa Rendzak; Middle Township economic development/grants writer Nancy Sittineri; and SSB business development officer Michael Clark.

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8. Surgical Nurse Heading to Honduras to Provide Aid

The New Jersey Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers (NJAASC) has sponsored a second medical mission thru its selected charity, One World Surgery, through fundraising and matching funds for a total of $1,886. NJAASC will sponsor a medical mission for Steven Sanacore (pictured), a nurse with Surgical Center of South Jersey in Mount Laurel. During the week-long mission to Honduras, the mission team will provide surgeries to patients who otherwise would not have access to high-quality surgical care.



9. Take a Walk in Our Genes

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Hélio Pedro, chief of the Hackensack Meridian Health Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital Center for Genetic and Genomic Medicine, stood alongside Team Diego at the recent Take a Walk in Our Genes event in Ridgefield Park. The event raised $60,000 to benefit patients and families under the care of the Center for Genetic and Genomic Medicine.

10. Seton Hall Students Set New Record for Annual Clothing Drive

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WSOU 89.5 FM, the student-run radio station at Seton Hall University, set a new record for donations to its annual clothing drive for the Our Lady of the Sioux Church on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. The station collected enough clothing to fill 14 large boxes with clothes for all ages and all seasons.

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