Giving Back: Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas Raises $3,000 For City Green

Plus: “Father’s of the Year” are recognized; a 5K raises $879,000 for the Valerie Fund 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 the November Top Doctor’s issue.

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1. A Green Cause 


Photo courtesy of charitable organization.

Regan DeBenedetto, left, and Josh Bernstein, both from Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas, present Jennifer Papa of City Green with a $3,000 check to support their mission of revitalizing New Jersey’s urban areas through agriculture and education.

2. Supporting Families 


Photo credit: Jean Smith.

Elaine Winter, left, of Alzheimer’s New Jersey,  accepts a $5,000 check from Jeffrey Duncan of Duncan Financial Services to support individuals and families impacted by Alzheimer’s and dementia in the Garden State.

3. Creating A Home Away From Home


Photo credit: Rebecca Kilduff.

Christopher Perry, right, of the Ronald McDonald House Charities New York Tri-State Area, happily accepts a $126,145 check from Apple Montessori Schools employees, from left, Vanessa Krippner, Lynn Piccolo, Pamela Howarth and Joanne Mooney.

4. Father’s Of The Year


Photo credit: Michael Franken.

Three corporate executives, from left wearing roses, Al Altomari, James List and Kenneth Miller, were honored at the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) Father of the Year Gala, which recognizes men who have made family a priority while balancing demanding careers. Celebrating them were, from left, Taran Connelly, ADA; past honoree Aman Bhatti; and Shana Vono, ADA.

5. Run For The Money 


Photo courtesy of charitable organization.

The Valerie Fund Walk and JAG Physical Therapy 5K raised over $879,000 to benefit children with cancer and blood disorders. Participating in the event were, from left, Patricia Sebold, Essex County Freeholder; Joseph DiVincenzo Jr., Essex County Executive; Kevin Ryan, mayor of Verona; Sue Goldstein, Valerie Fund; John Gallucci Jr., JAG; and Ed Goldstein, Valerie Fund.

6. A Happy Birthday Celebration 


Photo courtesy of charitable organization.

Quaker Steak & Lube in Edison celebrated turning two by donating $2,788 to Raritan Engine Company No. 1. Quaker Steak’s Michael Dorony, front, second from left, presented the check to volunteers, front row, from left, Bryan O’Connor, Christopher Connor, Bill Enoch, Ricky Schreck, and back row from left, Ojasvi Arora, Christopher Taylor, Tom Kenney, Wayne Enoch, Frank Dalton, James Eger and Ryan Van Winkle.

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