Photos: March’s Roundup of Charitable Giving in NJ

Recent galas and donations benefiting the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, the Fairfield Home & School Association, YWCA Princeton’s Breast Cancer Resource Center 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 Hope Loves Company from the March issue.

1. Women Fighting Hunger

Photo by Kathryn Huang Photography.

The Community FoodBank of New Jersey raised $244,000 to help feed hungry children at its third annual Women Fighting Hunger Luncheon. Celebrating were, from left: Jill Gateman, executive vice president of PNC Bank; Wendy Lazarus; Carlos M. Rodriguez, president and CEO of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey; Tom Colicchio; Judy Spires, CEO of Kings Food Markets; and Debbi Shedlin.

2. Teens Pitch In to Dig Out Neighbor

Photo courtesy of charitable organization

Tyler Grieco, Chris Leibfred, Justin Stanton, Patrick Lanigan and Amon Sharafi, students from Parsippany High School, enjoyed a complimentary meal at their local Applebee’s as a reward for their actions the previous week. On Monday, March 4, the group of high school seniors relinquished the extra hours of sleep they might have gotten due to a Snow Day school closure to shovel out a neighbor who had a medical treatment at 6 am. The boys cleared away the eight inches of snow as the sun rose, and their neighbor was able to get to her treatment.

3. CentraState’s Celebration Ball

Photo courtesy of charitable organization

CentraState Healthcare Foundation hosted its 57th annual Celebration Ball, which raised over $250,000 to benefit the Rutgers/RWJ Family Medicine Residency Program at CentraState in the new Freehold Family Health Center. Enjoying the evening were, from left, Ronald Mattia, Patricia Mattia, Karen Friedenberg, Jeffrey Friedenberg and Rob Kash.

4. Supporting Safety in Schools

Photo courtesy of charitable organization

The Fairfield Home & School Association received a $15,000 grant from the Columbia Bank Foundation. The grant will fund the installation of interior surveillance cameras at two of the district’s elementary schools. Marking the occasion were, from left: Richard Graff, Columbia Bank vice president; Andrea Jandoli, business banking officer; Susan Ciccotelli, Fairfield HSA board member; Thomas J. Kemly, superintendent; Lorely Machin, president and CEO of Columbia Bank; Lyanna Rios, Fairfield HSA treasurer; Pasquale Freda, board secretary; Brian Egan, Fairfield HSA board president; a Fairfield HSA board member; and Michael Sapienza, Fairfield HSA board member.

5. Funds for Fighting Breast Cancer

Photo courtesy of charitable organization

Blue Point Grill’s 2019 Pink Pearl Night and Witherspoon Grill’s Pink Drink Night raised $19,600 for the YWCA Princeton Breast Cancer Resource Center. Celebrating were, from left, Mark Charbonneau of Fulton Bank, Kefi Godfrey of Beyond Inc., Paula Flory of YWCA Princeton, Janet Whitaker of Beyond Inc., Jess Morrison and Jack Morrison of JM Group, Jeff Perlman and Leslie Duffy of Borden Perlman, Kristina Daniels of Blue Point Grill, Shelleen Piselli of Borden Perlman and Heather Jones of NJM Insurance Group.

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