Photos: May’s Roundup of Charitable Giving

Recent galas and donations benefiting Summit Medical Group Foundation, Habitat for Humanity in Monmouth County, the Diabetes Foundation, Sound Start Babies Foundation and more.

Each month, New Jersey Monthly features an online roundup of photos taken at various charitable events across the Garden State.

Send pictures and captions from your recent charitable event to [email protected] for possible inclusion next month!

1. Supporting Underserved Communities

Photo courtesy of Tom Singer Photo

The Summit Medical Group Foundation held their 6th Annual Gala and Auction, which raised money to provide free wellness screenings in underserved communities, and care and compassion programs for patients and their families who are fighting cancer. Enjoying the event were, from left, Reza Momeni, plastic surgeon with the Plastic Surgery Center at SMG and SMG board member; featured guest Jay Leno; and Katherine Liu, Summit Medical Group Foundation board member.

2. A Taste for Homes

Photo courtesy of Alix G Photography

“A Taste for Homes,” an annual Habitat for Humanity in Monmouth County fundraiser, raised funds for building homes, communities and hope throughout Monmouth County. Marking the occasion are representatives of Lowe’s Home Improvement with Freeholder Gerry Scharfenberger, executive director Diane Kinnane, and board president Greg Robinson.

3. Honoring Physicians

Photo courtesy of Saint Peter’s University Hospital.

Enjoying the Saint Peter’s Foundation annual gala were, from left: Leslie D. Hirsch, FACHE, Interim CEO and President, Saint Peter’s Healthcare System; M. Darryl Antonacci, MD, FACS; the Most Reverend James F. Checchio of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen; Laury A. Cuddihy; and Randal Betz.

4. Running for a Good Cause

Photo courtesy of LADACIN.

For the tenth consecutive year, Team LADACIN, comprised of 27 family, friends, supporters and staff members of LADACIN Network, ran in the New Jersey Marathon to show support and raise money for people with disabilities. This year’s event, including both the race and the after-party, raised more than $36,000.

5. Improving the Lives of Those Living With Diabetes

The Diabetes Foundation’s Visions of Hope fundraising gala raise $170,000 for the foundation’s ongoing programs for those living with diabetes throughout the state of New Jersey.  From left, Laurence Hirsch, executive vice president of the Diabetes Foundation Board of Trustees and Ginine Cilenti, executive director of the Diabetes Foundation, present the Corporate Champion Award to Stanislav Glezer of Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD).

6. Advancing Autism Research

The Columbia Bank Foundation donated $10,000 to Autism Speaks, whose mission is to help individuals and families who are affected by autism and to advance autism research. Marking the occasion were, from left, Lisa VanDerWall, nominating employee and Columbia Bank training instructor; Laura Casolaro, manager and field Ddevelopment representative at Autism Speaks, and Minoska Mateo, acting executive director of the Columbia Bank Foundation.

7. Alzheimer’s Advocates

Alzheimer’s New Jersey, dedicated to providing support for New Jersey residents battling Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, held their 2019 Annual Gala. Enjoying the event were, from left: Karen Davis-Farage, gala chair, Board of Directors secretary; Russell Rothman, board president; Elaine Winter, Alzheimer’s New Jersey director of public policy and advocacy; Tracey Wolfman, Alzheimer’s New Jersey Board of Directors and her husband, Marc Wolfman.

8. Helping Babies With Hearing Loss

The Sound Start Babies Foundation, dedicated to supporting families of babies with hearing loss during the most critical years of brain development, raised $225,000 at their annual fundraiser, where keynote speaker Rebecca Alexander inspired attendees with her personal story of living with Usher Syndrome, Type III, which is causing her to go both deaf and blind. (Read more about Sound Start Babies in our 2018 Giving Back profile of the organization.)

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