'Help Us Fill The Community Chest' at The Community Chest's Gala on June 9

(Eastern Bergen County, New Jersey; May 5, 2022) --The Community Chest of Eastern Bergen County holds its annual spring gala, Help Us Fill The Community Chest, on June 9, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. at Montammy Golf Club, located at 7 Montammy Drive in Alpine, New Jersey. 

Producer and director Harry Martin, an Emmy Award-winning TV journalist and an anchor of newscasts at three leading television stations in New York City, joins The Chest as emcee.

            With the motto 'Neighbors Helping Neighbors', the organization's mission is to lead initiatives and support nonprofits that make communities stronger and benefit people in eastern Bergen County, New Jersey.  The 89th anniversary gala's net proceeds will be used to fund projects meeting these 2022 priority areas: food insecurity; health and mental health services; educational support programs focusing on social, emotional and developmental learning loss; programming to enhance college preparation; supportive services for special populations such as senior citizens and people with disabilities; and ancillary services to enhance the quality of life for all populations, including preserving the environment, supporting the arts, and promoting social justice.           

            The annual gathering brings together friends and supporters to fulfill The Chest's mission started by its founders nearly 90 years ago.  They carry on the legacy to fill a chest with individuals and businesses' generous contributions and to empty its contents by awarding grant funds to support worthy projects led by vetted area nonprofits.  The Community Chest undertakes this mission with increased benevolence to help people in need.


            This year, The Chest recognizes these three leaders for their extensive involvement and contributions to the community:

            • Valley Bank.  Corporate Philanthropy Award.

            • Amie Aburustum.  Outstanding Trustee Award.

            • Jing Li.  Student Community Service Award.


            The gala committee comprised of Chair Jami Toolen, Hilary Baris, Andrew Kovar, Marcie Mann, Sandy Pinto, Melanie Simon, Amy Sokal, Franci Steinberg, Barbara Strauss, and April Uram promises an evening of philanthropic fun with cocktails, dinner, and a benefit auction.  A range of products will be available to bid upon in the benefit auction with noted auctioneer Katherine Cooperman officiating.  The program also features a magical musical performance by the Young People's Chorus @ Thurnauer.

            The cost per ticket is $185 per person, $250 per patron, and $1,500 for a table of 10.  Register online, www.tinyurl.com/ccgala2022, or send a check made out to The Community Chest, located at 122 South Van Brunt Street, Englewood, New Jersey 07631.  

            Sponsorship levels are also available for individuals and businesses to help fill the chest.  Each offers various marketing opportunities and the recognition of this philanthropic involvement by The Community Chest's large number of supporters.  To date, sponsors for the event are: Barbara Strauss and Thomas Manolio, BMW of Tenafly, Decotech, Jaguar Land Rover Englewood, William and Patricia Johnston, The Kamson Corporation, Richard and Shawn Kennedy, Lakeland Bank, Ed and Ellen Skowronski, April and Alex Uram, Valley Bank, Visions Federal Credit Union, Shelly and Justin Wimpfheimer, Barry and Melanie Zingler.

            Advertising is also available in The Chest's gala journal.  For more information about becoming a sponsor or to place an ad in the journal, visit the event's website, www.tinyurl.com/ccgala2022, or call the office at 201-568-7474.

About The Community Chest

            Founded in 1933, The Community Chest, a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization headquartered in Englewood, New Jersey, has supported local not-for-profit agencies for 89 years.  The Chest leads initiatives and supports nonprofits that make our communities stronger and benefit people in need in eastern Bergen County.  Each year, The Chest raises funds and allocates them to agencies demonstrating the capacity to provide services to local citizens.  The organization also provides coordinating and planning services in its communities, serving as a bridge between agencies and organizations and investing in the stability and quality of the service network.

            The Community Chest's Board of Managers is comprised of community leaders dedicated to improving the lives of neighbors in need.  People interested in being considered for board membership may contact Executive Director Dr. Shelly Wimpfheimer at (201) 568-7474.

            For further information about The Chest, visit www.thecommunitychestebc.org/ or contact (201) 568-7474.  Stay updated about the organization’s activities on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Photo Caption: The Young People's Chorus @ Thurnauer

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