Celebrate The Community Chest's Milestone Anniversary Gala, 'Cheers to 90 Years', on April 26

(Eastern Bergen County, New Jersey; March 18, 2023) --The Community Chest of Eastern Bergen County holds its annual spring gala, Cheers to 90 Years, on April 26, 2023 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 leads initiatives and supports nonprofits that make communities stronger and benefit people in eastern Bergen County, New Jersey.  The 90th anniversary gala's net proceeds will be used to fund grant awards to nonprofit organizations providing services to people in need in eastern Bergen County and The Chest's initiatives.

            The annual gathering brings together friends and supporters to fulfill The Chest's mission started by its founders 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 at the gala, The Chest recognizes these leaders for their extensive involvement and contributions to the community:

    • Corporate Philanthropy Award.  Visions Federal Credit Union
   •  Outstanding Volunteers Award.  Phyllis Kesslen, Teen College Counselor at Bergen Family Center, and Mark Kesslen, partner at Lowenstein Sandler and a past president of The Community Chest
    • Community Leadership Award.  Reverend Preston Thompson, Pastor, Ebenezer Baptist Church
    • Young Adult Leadership Awards.  Abigail Kushman and Samma Faragalla


            The gala committee comprised of Chair Jami Toolen, Auction Chair Hilary Baris, Amy Bazley, Gillian Stollwerk Garrett, Andrew Kovar, Helen Rapfogel, Debra Perskie-Schwartz, Vicki Sidrow, President Franci Steinberg, and Executive Director Dr. Shelly Wimpfheimer promises an evening of philanthropic fun with cocktails, dinner, community awards, and a benefit auction.  A range of products will be available to bid upon in the benefit auction with auctioneer Ryan Cohen officiating.  The program also features a musical performance by bergenPAC's Performing Arts School Special Events Choir.

            The cost per ticket is $185 per person, $250 per patron, and $1,500 for a table of 10.  Register online, www.tinyurl.com/ccgala2023, 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: Aburustum Family, BMW of Tenafly, Connect One Bank, Englewood Health, Jaguar, Kaplen, Kesslen, Lakeland Bank, Emily and Sam Mann, Otterstedt, R and J Russell, Adam and Franci Steinberg, SK Salmon, Arnie and Judy Herrmann, Taub, Valley Bank, Visions Federal Credit Union, VRH Construction, Shelly and Justin Wimpfheimer, Wolfgangs, and World Insurance.

            Advertising is 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/ccgala2023, 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 90 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 Community Chest of Eastern Bergen County will celebrate its 90th anniversary at Montammy Golf Club in Alpine, New Jersey on April 26.  Photo Credit: Chris Marksbury

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