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    April 26, 2024 | Philanthropy | Monmouth County

    Anna Diaz-White reflects on 40 years of service for 180 Turning Lives Around

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    April 8, 2024 | Philanthropy | Sea Bright

    Tigger Stavola Foundation Polar Plunge makes a big splash

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    March 6, 2024 | , Dining , Philanthropy |

    Marilyn Schlossbach: Bringing Peace, Love & Community to Monmouth County

    Whether you live at the beach or only indulge in day trips, chances are you’ve eaten in one of Marilyn Schlossbach’s restaurants.

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    March 6, 2023 | Philanthropy , Local , Events | Holmdel

    Holmdel Township Committee Launches Turkey/Syria Earthquake Relief Drive

    Holmdel Mayor DJ Luccarelli and the Township Committee announced that they will be sponsoring a donation drive to provide aid to those affected by this month’s earthquake in Turkey and Syria. All members of the Holmdel community and our neighbors are invited to participate. Donated items can be dropped off in the lobby of Holmdel Town Hall, located at 4 Crawfords Corner Road. The Township asks that donations be limited to the specifically requested items in order to expedite packing and ensure delivery of the items to the affected areas.

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    September 30, 2022 | , Philanthropy | Red Bank

    Hearts & Hands for Service: Bonnie Featherstone-Johnson and Dr. Tom Johnson

    Sometimes it is the small, unsung gestures that make you realize you are in the company of kind- hearted people.

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    August 12, 2022 | Philanthropy |

    Anita Roselle: The Quintessential Philanthropist

    Anita Roselle is a woman of purpose and passion; she loudly loves her family and friends, and tirelessly works to give back to the community and the many charities and nonprofit organizations she represents. Anita’s altruistic way of helping others, mainly those she will never meet, is the foundation of her being.

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    August 12, 2022 | Philanthropy | Colts Neck

    A Couple’s Dream of Life on a Farm Leads to Preservation for Future Generations

    It was 1983. During a trip to the now famous Delicious Orchards, Mike and Eileen Stivala stumbled across Hidden Valley, a new “farmette community” being developed in Colts Neck, New Jersey. That same day, with their two young kids in tow, the couple signed on and were the first to buy a lot – six-and-a-half acres with plans for a white Connecticut farmhouse.

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    August 12, 2022 | Philanthropy , Meet Your Neighbor | Fair Haven

    Meet Your Neighbor: Nicole Monat, Founder of Friends Grow Friends

    “Relationships are the fabric of society, and all it takes is one special connection to change your life,” shared Nicole Monat, Founder and Program Director of Friends Grow Friends (FGF), a nonprofit in Monmouth County. For many children, socializing does not come naturally and can cause a great deal of stress. Nicole created FGF to provide friendship groups for children in grades K-12, where those who struggle socially–with or without a diagnosis of special needs–can practice and develop social skills and make new friends. Nicole lives in Fair Haven with her husband, Jeff, and their three sons, Sam 12, Max 9, and Ben 7 (and pet fish, Mr. Crabs). CM met with Nicole to learn how the organization arose and who may benefit from participation.

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    May 27, 2022 | , Philanthropy | Red Bank

    Ritesh Shah Keeps Sister’s Light Shining Through Charitable Pharmacy

    The creation and operation of the first charitable pharmacy in New Jersey springs from the profound love of a brother for his sister. It is the story of first heartbreak and then action, and begins with a planned family celebration of Diwali in India, the Indian festival of lights.

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    April 10, 2022 | Philanthropy , Local , Events |

    The Jersey Shore Partnership Foundation to Host Annual Summer Celebration

    The Jersey Shore Partnership Foundation will kick off its annual Summer Celebration on June 13 at Fort Hancock, Sandy Hook from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m.

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    April 9, 2022 | Philanthropy , Local , Events |

    Food Truck Festival to Benefit United Way’s Work in Monmouth & Ocean Counties

    In partnership with DowntownFreehold.com, United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties (UWMOC) is hosting the United for Impact Food Truck Festival on April 24 from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. on West Main Street in Freehold. The event is rain or shine.

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    April 4, 2022 | Philanthropy , Local , Events |

    MCSPCA to Host Pet Palooza: A Walk for All Animals

    The Monmouth County SPCA announced its annual Dog Walk & Pet Fair, traditionally held at Brookdale College, has been reimagined into a new and exciting Pet Palooza, A Walk for All Animals & Pet Fair.

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    March 20, 2022 | Philanthropy , Local | Colts Neck

    Colts Neck Family’s Need to Help Ukraine Ignites a Community of Giving

    As many know in and around Colts Neck, the Rudko family recently suffered a great loss when Andrij “Dee” Rudko, a loving father and devoted husband, passed away. What some may not know is that Dee was a first generation American of Ukrainian descent. The tragic war taking place in Ukraine has caused the Rudko family much distress, and feeling the pain of the Ukrainian people, Dee’s wife, Sunny, and their three children, Santino, Deeko, and Domenica, sprang into action to find a way to help.

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    March 2, 2022 | Philanthropy | Red Bank

    It’s a Classic Comeback – Red Bank 5K Charity Run/Walk Returns

    COVID-19 may have sidelined the Red Bank Classic 5K for two years, but the charity event is charging back to downtown Red Bank on Saturday, June 18, 2022, with community fanfare and support for local kids impacted by the pandemic.

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    March 1, 2022 | Philanthropy , Local , Events | Oceanport

    Kentucky Derby Party Celebration Returns to Monmouth Park

    After two years of silence due to the pandemic, the Monmouth Park Charity Fund is thrilled to invite you to join in on Saturday, May 7, 2022 for its 17th Annual Kentucky Derby Day Celebration under the tent at Blu Grotto’s beautiful outdoor garden at the historic Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport, New Jersey. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. for guests to enjoy an afternoon of simulcast betting, live and silent auctions, chef specialties, mint juleps and open bar, live music, hat contest and parade bringing all the festivities of the Derby to the Jersey Shore! After watching the running of the Derby race on the big screens, the event will close at 7:30 p.m.

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    February 4, 2022 | Philanthropy , Local , Events | Rumson

    Ninth Annual Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade Returns

    Charles Hill Jones Named Grand Marshal After a one-year hiatus due to the worldwide pandemic, the Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee will once again gather the community together for its annual Parade to be held March 13 at 1:00 p.m. Held since 2013, thousands of area residents are expected to lineup along River Road in Rumson to witness the area’s signature St. Patrick’s Day Parade to be led by long-time Rumson resident Charles Hill Jones.

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    February 1, 2022 | , Philanthropy | Red Bank

    Gwendolyn Love: Walking a Path of Love and Service with Lunch Break

    Exuding kindness and warmth, she is referred to by many as an angel. Yet the woman who leads Lunch Break, the non-profit located in Red Bank that provides food, clothing, life skills, and fellowship to those in need in Monmouth County and beyond, has a core of strength and a belief system instilled in her by a mother who raised her children out of poverty.

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    December 8, 2021 | Philanthropy | Rumson

    Rumson Sisters Partner with Family and Children’s Service to Raise Funds

    Real life sisters and Rumson natives, Catherine Ashmore Bradley and Aubin Bradley hosted and sponsored a private charity event with The Professional Performance Prep in support of Family and Children’s Service Operation Sleighbells! They raised over $2,500 in online and gift card donations for FCS Operation Sleighbells.

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    December 8, 2021 | Philanthropy , Local |

    More Than 300 Gather to Celebrate a Community of Giving at Lunch Break’s Fall Gala

    Lunch Break supporters were reunited for a magical evening of entertainment under the stars to honor the selfless work of philanthropic community leaders on behalf of financially and food insecure community members during the 2021 Fall Gala: We Rise Together, Restoring and Rebuilding Lives at the Basie Center for the Arts and Education recently.

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    December 8, 2021 | Philanthropy , Local |

    Basie Center for the Arts Gala Honored Janet and Tom Widener

    This fall, the Count Basie Center’s Fall Gala honored former board chairperson Tim Widener and his wife, Janet, in a celebration that took over the entirety of the newly-expanded Basie Center campus, including its new grand lobby, historic theater and The Vogel, the facility’s new performance venue.

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    November 10, 2021 | Philanthropy , Local |

    Monmouth Conservation Foundation Hosts Cocktail Fundraiser

    Funds raised will ensure a permanent legacy of open space and natural habitat throughout Monmouth County

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    November 4, 2021 | Philanthropy , Local |

    Soccer Star Christie Pearce Rampone Visits Mercy Center’s Sisters Academy

    Gold Olympic Medalist from Point Pleasant Inspires Middle School Girls to Dream Big

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    October 26, 2021 | Philanthropy , Local |

    Monmouth County SPCA Raises more than $320,000 at Fur Ball Gala

    The Monmouth County SPCA recently held its 2021 Fur Ball Gala at the Molly Pitcher Inn in Red Bank. The sold-out, outdoor event brought together 300 of the shelter’s supporters and friends to celebrate 75 years of existence as the Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

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    October 3, 2021 | Philanthropy , Local |

    TavernFest planned for October 16

    Hear Ye, Hear Ye! Join in for Monmouth County Historical Association’s 11th annual TavernFest, planned for October 16 from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at Allen House, located at 400 Sycamore Avenue in Shrewsbury.

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    August 20, 2021 | Philanthropy , Events | Holmdel

    A Run to Remember for Holmdel’s Ed Harris

    There is an expression that “bad things happen to good people,” and so it was for local “good guy” Ed Harris and his family. Ed succumbed to complications from COVID-19 in a hospital early last year, before very much was known about the disease. The diagnosis, and restrictions on visiting, blindsided and devastated his family. “We could not visit our dad in the hospital due to strict rules, so all we could do was pray. As he slowly got worse, we made sure to stay strong for our mom,” recalled his sons, Nick and Jeff. Although the family could not physically be with him, Ed was surrounded by the love of his family and the community, and the affection continues.

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    August 17, 2021 | Philanthropy | Fair Haven

    Jersey Shore Partnership Announces Grace Hanlon as New Executive Director

    Board Member and Partnership Summer Celebration Chairwoman Grace Hanlon will take over the position from Margot Walsh, who is retiring. The Jersey Shore Partnership has announced that Board member and Fair Haven resident Grace Hanlon will be taking over as the organization’s new executive director.

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    July 1, 2021 | Philanthropy , Local | Red Bank

    Tigger House Opens New Red Bank Location

    Last month, Tigger House hosted an open house for its new location at 93 Shrewsbury Avenue in Red Bank with the nonprofit’s founders, board members, ambassadors, student alliance representatives, members of the community and elected officials in attendance. The mission of Tigger House is to save lives against the dangers of substance addiction, through community- fueled awareness and widespread informative education against substance abuse. It is the experience of the Stavola family and many others who have lost a loved one to addiction that “it is not the last dose of heroin that is killing our children, it is the first.”

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    April 5, 2021 | Philanthropy , Local | Lincroft

    Lincroft Dentist Brightening Smiles to Help Children in Need

    100% of Proceeds from Teeth Whitening Procedures Donated to Smiles for Life Foundation Local dental patients can have their teeth whitened and help a child in need by visiting local Crown Council dentist Dr. Mitchel Friedman of Newman Springs Dental Care. The 23rd annual Smiles For Life Campaign runs now through June 30, and 100 percent of the proceeds from teeth whitening procedures done at Newman Springs Dental Care are contributed directly to the Smiles for Life Foundation. This foundation uses donations from the community to help fund worthy children’s charities and humanitarian work, both locally and around the world.

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    March 18, 2021 | Philanthropy , Entertainment , Local | Red Bank

    Count Basie Center for the Arts Hosts Fundraising Gala

    The Count Basie Center for the Arts held its winter fundraising gala, dubbed the “Winter Trip,” this month. The gala honored New Jersey State Senator Vin Gopal (D-11), Monmouth County Commissioner Director Tom Arnone, and Yvonne Scudiery, the retiring Count Basie Center Vice President of Education, who established the nonprofit’s arts education program two decades ago.

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    March 4, 2021 | Philanthropy , Local | Fair Haven

    Dermer Dreams: Fighting Hunger One Bag at a Time

    “Many hands make light work” is on full display in Monmouth County, thanks to the vision and drive of the Dermer family of Fair Haven. Dan and Alyse Dermer grew up in Freehold, settled in Sea Bright (until Superstorm Sandy destroyed their home) relocated to New York, and now reside in Fair Haven with their daughter Reyna, son Brendan, and Schempie, their famous bernadoodle. A giving spirit is ingrained in the entire family and Dan is quick to credit his mother, Beatrice, with instilling in him and his brother Mike, a love for helping others.

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    February 2, 2021 | Philanthropy , Local | Little Silver

    Little Silver Resident Creating Cakes for a Cause

    Meg Ricard is utilizing her baking skills to help local families in a unique way. The Little Silver resident, who is a board member of the BloomAgain Foundation NJ, has created Cakes for a Cause.

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    January 4, 2021 | Philanthropy , Meet Your Neighbor | Red Bank

    Kristina Rems and Alexandra Cruz: Sisters Changing the World through Education

    When meeting ordinary people doing extraordinary work, I’m always reminded of the story of the starfish. You’ve probably read it as well. The little boy is walking along the sand littered with thousands of beached starfish and throwing some back in the ocean. An old man questions why he would bother to help a few when there’s no way he can help them all, telling the boy his efforts don’t matter. The little boy, picking up another starfish and casting it into the water, tells the old man, “It mattered to that one.” After a medical mission to Uganda, Alexandra Cruz, PharmD, sponsored a child and changed her life forever.

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    November 5, 2020 | Philanthropy , Local , Events | Red Bank , Shrewsbury

    YMCA Partners with Local Agencies to Distribute Nearly 10,000 Meals and Food Supplies During Pandemic

    Response to COVID-19 Crisis is Largest Outreach Effort in Y’s 146-Year History as a Cause Driven Community Organization The YMCA of Greater Monmouth County pivoted immediately when its facilities shut down in March as the COVID crisis started. The gym floors, exercise spaces and pools were vacant, but employees and volunteers jumped into action to respond to critical community needs.

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    November 5, 2020 | Philanthropy , Events | Atlantic Highlands

    SPTS Youth Council Hosts Sold Out Concert for a Cause

    New Jersey based teen suicide prevention organization helps teens in the midst of COVID-19 The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide (SPTS) Youth Council hosted its first ever drive-in concert Concert for a Cause.

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    October 8, 2020 | Philanthropy , Local , Events | Shrewsbury

    Monmouth County SPCA to Host Pet Adoption Event at World Subaru

    Adoption event is part of the ASPCA & Subaru Loves Pets Grant Program The Monmouth County SPCA will be hosting an adoption event on Saturday, October 17 from 12:00 to 4:00 pm at World Subaru in Shrewsbury. The event will feature adoptable dogs and puppies and have a fun autumn theme, complete with a pumpkin patch with pumpkins for purchase, haystacks, and a fall-themed photobooth.

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    September 30, 2020 | Philanthropy , Meet Your Neighbor | Colts Neck , Fair Haven , Holmdel , Lincroft , Little Silver , Red Bank , Rumson , Sea Bright

    East Meets West: Jamie Baldanza’s Quest to Save Wild Horses

    The horse is our state’s animal. How appropriate that Monmouth’s own Jamie Baldanza photographs horses professionally and advocates for them passionately. Jamie’s involvement with horses is broad in scope, from documenting the plight of those bound for slaughter, to traveling across the world to Mongolia to cover the ancient endurance races still held today. But Jamie’s affinity for American Wild Mustangs catapulted her art and mission to new heights, culminating in the release this summer of the documentary, Wild Lands, Wild Horses, recognized in nine film festivals including a win at the Monmouth Film Festival.

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    July 2, 2020 | Philanthropy , Meet Your Neighbor | Holmdel , Middletown

    Meet Your Neighbors: Franki DeSaro & April Martines

    Franki of Middletown and April of Holmdel, describe their first meeting as “a divine alignment leading each of us towards our destinies.” The divine and destiny are constants throughout their story and led them to cofound a sanctuary for single mothers, children, and animals, firmly based in faith and positivity. The Sanctuary is already helping families, and the vision is to expand to a residential program.

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    March 9, 2020 | Philanthropy , Local | Lincroft

    Finley Elias Raises Money for Koala Hospital in Australia

    Ten-year-old Lincroft resident Finley Elias, in fourth grade at Lincroft Elementary School, has raised $17,000 for the Koalas she dearly loves. Hearing about the raging fires in her mother’s native country of Australia, she wanted to help and decided to raise money for the cause.

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    November 4, 2019 | Philanthropy | Atlantic Highlands

    Andy Kaiser: Investing Himself in Educating Children and Professionals

    My barn, my rules. Almost hidden from view by the curtains dressing a nearby window, these words are faintly inscribed on a small, red sign that hangs behind Andy Kaiser’s desk in the second story office of his bar

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    September 3, 2019 | Philanthropy , Entertainment | Oceanport

    Rockfest at the Track to Honor Woodstock & Benefit HABcore

    Fifty years ago on Max Yasgur’s 600-acre dairy farm in Bethel, NY the world of music changes forever when 400,000 people came together for three days of peace and music. The Aquarian Exposition, which later became known as Woodstock, has inspired festivals, movies, and movements in the years since. And sometimes, though often smaller, the gatherings to honor Woodstock have an impact of their own. On Saturday, October 5, at Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport, just such an event will make it possible for bands to come together to entertain crowds while raising money to house those who are locally homeless.

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    December 1, 2017 | Dining , Philanthropy , Meet Your Neighbor |

    Chef, Restaurateur & Philanthropist: Marilyn Schlossbach

    Busy people get things done. Award-winning restaurateur, Marilyn Schlossbach is no exception. In fact, she may be leading the local charge on how to elevate hospitality, high adventure, and service above self as one of the busiest women at work in our area. So what’s a priority on her plate these days? If only there were one!

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