Giving Back: Easterseals New Jersey Raises Over $100,000 at Annual Fundraiser

Plus: Turning Point Restaurants raises $74,000 for the Kortney Rose Foundation, the Eastwick Foundation donates $40,000 to local food banks and more.

Each month, New Jersey Monthly’s Giving Back page features photos taken at various charitable events across the Garden State. The following snapshots were featured in August’s Best Restaurants issue.

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1. Play With Purpose

Photo credit: Burt Brooks.

Easterseals New Jersey’s annual fundraiser, Play With Purpose, raised over $100,000 in support of services for individuals with disabilities. Celebrating were, from left, Tanisha Green, Carleen Jules, Marianne Toich, Bill Spadea of NJ 101.5 and Betty Chin.

2. Raising Funds for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Research

Photo courtesy of charitable organization.

D Fitness Studio in Brick raised $750 for the Jar of Hope Foundation, dedicated to raising funds in the hope of eliminating Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Marking the occasion were, from left, Danielle Ippolito, founder of D Fitness Studio; Karen Raffone; and Gina Velazquez.

3. Serving Individuals With Developmental Disabilities

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Michael Carpenter of Knights of Columbus St. Thomas More Council #2188, left, presents a $5,500 donation to Chris Perry, president and CEO of Spectrum for Living, an organization that serves individuals with developmental disabilities throughout Bergen, Passaic, Monmouth and Middlesex counties.

4. Great Food for a Cause

Photo courtesy of charitable organization.

During its annual Great Food for a Cause event, Turning Point Restaurants raised more than $74,000 for the Kortney Rose Foundation (KRF) to help fund research on pediatric brain tumors. Kristen and Rich Gillette of KRF, left, happily accept a check from Turning Point owners Kirk and Pam Ruoff.

5. Supporting Local Food Banks

Photo credit: Danielle Richards.

The Eastwick Foundation’s Feed the Hungry program raised $40,000 to be distributed to eight local food banks. Celebrating were, from left, front row: Lisa Rivera, Jane He, Kate Duggan, Thomas M. Eastwick, Susan Greenbaum and Marie Caliendo; back row: Don Hammond, Rev. Wayne Brown, Jeanne Martin, Linda Somwaru, Evelyn Gannon and Julie Kinner.

6. Chefs Team Up to Raise Funds for Ment’or

Photo credit: Rob Yaskovic

The 10th annual New Jersey Wine & Food Festival at Crystal Springs Resort raised $250,000 for Ment’or, a culinary nonprofit organization dedicated to chef education and preservation of the traditions and quality of cuisine in America. Guests included notable chefs Thomas Keller and Daniel Boulud, Ment’or chefs, and winemakers from around the world.

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