Giving Back: Light of Day WinterFest Raises Over Half a Million Dollars

Plus: George Street Playhouse raises $400,000 in support of the theatre, the Joe Romanowski Culinary Education Foundation awards scholarships 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 July Top Dentists issue.

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1. Light of Day

Photo credit: John Posada.

Joe D’Urso, left, Light of Day Foundation vice president and treasurer, sings along with foundation founder Bob Benjamin at the 2017 Light of Day WinterFest, which raised over half a million dollars in support of finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease and related neurodegenerative disesases.

2. American Heart Month

Photo courtesy of charitable organization.

Tricia Paolucci, left, regional director of Northern New Jersey for the American Heart Association, happily accepts a $500 check from Regan DeBenedetto of the Shannon Rose Irish Pub, which raised funds for the American Heart Association at its Clifton and Ramsey locations during American Heart Month in February.

3. Supporting Theatre

Photo credit: David Kelly Crow.

George Street Playhouse raised nearly $400,000 in support of its main-stage and educational programming at its annual gala benefit. Enjoying the event were, from left: Stephen Bienskie, Sarah Litzsinger, George Street Playhouse artistic director David Saint and Colin Hanlon.

4. Raising Awareness For Mitochondrial Disease

Photo courtesy of charitable organization.

The Investors Foundation donated $5,000 to the Delaware Valley Energy for Life Walkathon to benefit the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation. Marking the occasion were Eric Mullin, left, Carrie Mullin, far right, and their son Patrick, and Shannon Morgan-Leonen and Linda Martin of Investors.

5. Scholarships for Culinary Students

Photo courtesy of charitable organization.

The Joe Romanowski Culinary Education Foundation awarded $32,500 in scholarships to eight students at the Culinary Education Center in Asbury Park. Recipients include, from left, Lindsay Lewallen, Troy Woodginski, Beth Estelle, Kendall Szpakowski, Courtney Dean, Alexandra Dennis, HayLee Carscadden and Meghan Trivett.

6. Fostering Partnerships

Photo courtesy of charitable organization.

Project ECHO, a new Robert Wood Johnson Partners Pediatric Developmental and Behavioral Health initiative, fosters partnerships between primary care providers and specialists. Celebrating its launch are, from left, Joanne Hunt, Melissa Smith, Elvira Downs, Malia Beckwith, Rosemary Browne, Pat O’Hanlon and Heidi Spiegel.

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