Photos: November’s Roundup of Charitable Giving in NJ

Recent galas and donations benefiting the Summit Medical Group Foundation, Ashley Lauren Foundation, Tackle Kids Cancer 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 G.I. Go Fund from the November issue.

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

1. Broadway Rocks Cancer

Photo courtesy of Tom Singer Photo

Some of Broadway’s brightest stars rocked the house as they took the stage to raise money for Summit Medical Group Foundation‘s Cancer Comfort Project. The performance, presented by Investors Bank, will help fund a variety of services that provide comfort, care and compassion to individuals and their families facing cancer. Enjoying the evening were, from left, two-time Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz; Patricia Cummings; Kevin Cummings, Chairman & CEO of Investors Bank; and Linda Wacks of the Jeffrey Frank Wacks Memorial Fund.

2. Feeding Our Hungry Neighbors

Photo courtesy of charitable organization

In advance of Thanksgiving, the Community FoodBank of New Jersey (CFBNJ) received donations of more than 5,689 turkeys and 43,873 pounds of food. The food was donated at nearly 50 sites across the state during CFBNJ’s 19th Annual Turkey Drive. In addition to the food that was donated, the Community FoodBank of New Jersey also purchased more than 25,000 turkeys to distribute.

3. Fighting Children’s Cancer

Photo courtesy of Eric Vitale Photography

The Ashley Lauren Foundation’s inaugural “All In For Hope” fundraiser—featuring NY Giants’ Justin Tuck—raised funds and awareness for children suffering from cancer. Enjoying the occasion were, from left, Dr. Ken Nahum, Ann Nahum, Carol Stillwell, Maryann Larkin and Lynne Ward.

4. Couple Hikes Patagonia to Raise Funds for Multiple Myeloma Research

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Nutley couple Mike and Kathleen Mankowich recently returned from a hike through glaciers and deep valleys in Patagonia raising to raise money and awareness for multiple myeloma research. To date, the couple has raised $27,997.20 for research hoping to find a cure.

5. Tackle Kids Cancer

Photo courtesy of charitable organization

The Cannata Report’s 34th annual Awards & Charities Dinner raised $295,000 for Tackle Kids Cancer, a philanthropic program benefiting the Children’s Cancer Institute at Hackensack Meridian Health. Marking the occasion were, from left, Frank and Carol Cannata, Joseph Burt of the Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation and CJ Cannata.

6. Supporting Our Libraries

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The Columbia Bank Foundation recently issued a $25,639 grant to the Friends of the Clark Library. The grant will be used to purchase new chairs for the children’s reading room and an outdoor electronic display sign. Marking the occasion were, from left: Bernadetta Shehata, branch manager of Columbia Bank’s Clark office; Minoska Mateo, acting executive director of Foundation; Megan Kociolek, director of the Clark Library; Karen DeMarco, president of the Friends of the Library & Clark Public Library board member, and Deirdre Morley, children’s librarian.

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