Photos: November’s Roundup of Charitable Giving in NJ

Recent galas and donations benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities, Haddonfield Plays & Players, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Saint Peter's University and more.

Each month, New Jersey Monthly features photos taken at various charitable events across the Garden State. These have previously been featured on the Giving Back page in the magazine, but as of the September 2018 issue, will only be posted online.

The Giving Back page in the magazine is now dedicated to profiling a NJ-based charity or individual volunteer. Read our Giving Back spotlight on the Runway of Dreams Foundation from the November issue.

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1. Montessori Families Raise Funds for Ronald McDonald House

Photo courtesy of charitable organization.

Apple Montessori Schools, with 15 preschools in New Jersey, raised $25,500 for Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of the New York Tri-State Area through its annual school-wide donation program. Families at each of Apple Montessori’s schools in Cliffside Park, Edgewater, Edison, Hoboken, Kinnelon, Mahwah, Metuchen, Morris Plains, Oakland, Randolph, Towaco and Wayne contributed to the fundraiser. Since 2011, the Apple Montessori Schools community has worked together to raise a total of $183,095 for RMHC.

2. Supporting the Theatre

Photo credit: Catherine Davies Photography, Haddonfield Plays & Players

The Columbia Bank Foundation donated $87,360 to the Haddonfield Plays & Players theatre. Thomas J. Kemly, president and CEO of Columbia Bank and Amy Dupuis, executive director of the Columbia Bank Foundation (center) are mark the occasion with the Haddonfield Plays & Players executive board.

3. Fine Dining for Charity

Photo credit: Michael Fiedler

The inaugural Golf Kitchen Edgewood Fine Dining Soirée raised nearly $10,000 for Saint Barnabas Medical Center and St. Jude’s. Celebrating were, from left, Golf Channel reporter Chantel McCabe; Edgewood executive chef and host chef for the event, Anthony Villanueva; and editor in chief of Golf Kitchen Magazine, Diana DeLucia.

4. Dentistry From the Heart

Photo courtesy of charitable organization.

At the 12th annual Dentistry From the Heart event in Lincroft, 56 volunteers saw 87 patients and performed 342 dental procedures free of charge to those in need for a total of $57,174 of free dentistry. Volunteers included Mitchel Friedman, Aparna Menon, Amarpreet Suri, Jeffrey Zatzkin, Jared Gelband, Brian Paterson, Allan Ruda, Beth DeAngelis, Raymond Simmons, Sonia Chugh, Chris Cermenello, Ashna Tejwani, Gaurav Shah, Shannon Rooney, Veronica Michael, Anora Isayeva, Regina Gido, Jennifer DeMarco, Laura Schifkovitz, Laura Usuriello, Keary Quinn, Pauline Howard, Lindsey Wilson, Melissa Howard, Linda Paris, Roxanne Motley, Megan Troy, Ashley Smith, Marisa Capelli, Kenya Santiago, Kristen Emery, Stephanie De Bari, Breanna Flynn, Noah Schayowitz, Sam Masami Suyama, Dawn Glenn, Pat Domis, Ida Whittaker,  Krista Whittaker, Mike DeMarco, Michael DeMarco Jr, Christian Diaz, Paula Wasilewicz, Elise Capelli, Peter Hanson, Soveida Ramos,  Jessica Casa, Ida D’Elia, Quaneesha Ruiz and Elaine Kess.

5. Bourbon Bash for the Arts

Photo courtesy of charitable organization.

The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey (VACNJ) raised $30,000 at its annual fall fundraising event, “Bourbon Bash: Going Hog Wild for Art.” Marking the occasion were, from left: VACNJ board member Dylan Baker; Diego Rotsztain; VACNJ board member David O’Neill; and Declan Ryan.

6. Supporting College Sports

Photo courtesy of charitable organization.

Investors Bank donated $150,000 to Saint Peter’s University to expand and improve athletic and recreational facilities. Celebrating were, from left: Jose Cardona of the men’s golf team; Kevin Cummings, chairman and CEO of Investors Bank; Paloma De Leon, assistant vice president and branch manager for Investors Bank in Jersey City; Bryan Felt, director of athletics at Saint Peter’s University; Eugene J. Cornacchia, president of Saint Peter’s University; and Victoria Babcock of the women’s soccer team.

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