Photos: October’s Roundup of Charitable Giving in NJ

Recent galas and donations benefiting the Arc of Essex County, NephCure Kidney International, the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum 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 Essex Couny’s Rent Party from the October issue.

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

1. Uncorked & Uncapped

Photo courtesy of charitable organization

The Arc of Essex County, a Livingston-based nonprofit that provides support to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, hosted its 6th Annual Uncorked & Uncapped: Wine, Beer & Food Tasting Experience. Enjoying the evening, from left, the Arc of Essex County’s CEO Linda Lucas; East Hanover Mayor Joseph Pannullo; Alex and Dave Bothwell of Primepoint HRMS & Payroll; and board president Marnie McNany.

2. Disability Employment Month

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During the month of October (Disability Employment Month), Easterseals NJ recognized local companies doing groundbreaking work to create inclusive workplaces for those with disabilities. Easterseals honored Wegmans for creating an inclusive environment based on using assistive technology.

3. Saving Kidneys, Saving Lives

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NephCure Kidney International’s inaugural New Jersey Countdown to a Cure raised nearly $200,000. The organization focuses on finding better treatments for patients suffering from rare and chronic kidney disease. Celebrating were the Murdocca family, including honoree Rocco Murdocca Sr. (center), who donated one of his kidneys to his son, Rocco Jr. (second from the right) in August. Rocco Jr. has been living with Nephrotic Syndrome for the past three years. One of Rocco Jr.’s sisters, Gabriella (far right) was the event coordinator and worked closely with NephCure staff to help put on the successful event.

4. Preserving History

Photo by Kevin Burkman

The Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum (SSAAM) of Skillman received a $326,461 grant through Somerset County’s  2019 Historic Preservation Grant Program. Marking the occasion were, from left, the SSAAM’s Caroline Katmann, Bruce Daniels, Ian Burrow, Elaine Buck, John Buck, and Somerset County’s Kaitlin Bundy and Brian Levine.

5. Athletics Get an Upgrade

Photo courtesy of the New York Jets

In collaboration with United Way of Northern New Jersey, the New York Jets, and NRG contributed $70,000 to install new state-of-the-art weight-lifting equipment at Hanover Park High School. Representatives from United Way, NRG, Hanover Park High School and Jets players were on hand to unveil the updated weight room.


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The Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation recently held the second annual NICU STRONG Walk, at which $100,000 was raised to support vital equipment, patient and family needs of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital.

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