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The Community Chest to Honor the Engels, ConnectOne Bank, and The Rotary Club of Englewood at Annual Gala Celebrating 85th Anniversary

April 9, 2018 , Luhrs & Associates

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Swati-Rao Engel and Richard Engel

(Eastern Bergen County, New Jersey; April 6, 2018)–The Community Chest will recognize two philanthropists and two organizations for their charitable activities in the community– Richard Engel and Swati-Rao Engel, ConnectOne Bank, and The Rotary Club of Englewood — at its annual spring gala.  The Chest holds its gala, Celebrating 85 Years of Service to the Community, on April 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Montammy Golf Club at 7 Montammy Drive in Alpine, New Jersey.

Community Involvement

These 2018 honorees were selected for their community involvement and efforts to help The Chest achieve its motto, Neighbors Helping Neighbors.

● Philanthropist Award.  Richard Engel and Swati-Rao Engel.  Formerly a member of The Chest’s board of managers and chair of the development committee, Richard Engel worked to move the organization closer to its strategic plan’s fundraising goals.  Currently, he is a member of The Chest’s new President’s Council and continues to help the organization achieve its goals.

Swati-Rao Engel is involved in charitable work through giving and direct action such as tutoring projects for children with limited academic resources.  As a Marketing Director at Time Inc., she participated in several successful community service programs with outreach to local communities in need.  With The Chest, she shares her marketing expertise to help the organization implement its strategic plan.

● Champion Award-ConnectOne Bank.  This financial institution collaborates and works with many organizations throughout the community and makes an impact.  The ConnectOne Bank Community Connections Team Building Event created benches, planter boxes, craft artwork and blankets and presented them to The Chest to donate to non-profits that could use them.

● Public Spirit Award-The Rotary Club of Englewood.  Since 1923, Englewood Rotary has championed important local and international charitable projects.  These projects included building one of the earliest Little League fields in the area, supporting youth development, providing lifesaving heart surgery for children in high poverty areas, and supporting The Chest’s professional development series.

Meeting Community Needs

ConnectOne JPEG (002)The annual gala brings together friends and supporters to fulfill The Chest’s mission to lead initiatives and support nonprofits that make communities stronger and benefit people in eastern Bergen County, New Jersey.  Started by its founders 85 years ago, The Chest continues the vision 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 area nonprofits.  The 85th anniversary gala’s net proceeds will be used to meet the pressing issues of people in need in the area.

The evening is replete with cocktails, a buffet dinner, and a benefit auction.  Master of Ceremonies Lori Stokes, co-anchor of Good Day New York, returns to officiate at the annual fundraising gala.  The program features a magical musical performance by the Young People’s Chorus @ Thurnauer.

Rotary Club of EnglewoodA range of products will be available to bid upon in the silent and live auctions with noted auctioneer Nick Dawes from Antiques Road Show.  Examples of items available in the live auction are:  two tickets to see Hamilton and dinner in New York City, tickets to the Beacon Theatre, Yankee tickets, a Leroy Neiman Serigraph, tennis lessons for youngsters, and a whiskey party for 14 at Englewood Wine Merchants.  The silent auction includes an exotic car driving tour, a 2019 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am, a Magnolia Bakery Cupcake Icing Class in New York City,  a Lakefront Family Villa Near (Orlando) Disney for 12, a Coach purse, and a weekend as an astronaut for two.

Tickets and Sponsors

The cost per ticket is $185 per person, $250 per patron, and $1,500 for a table of 10. Register online and view the auction items at www.501auctions.com/communitychestgala or send a check made out to The Community Chest, located at 122 South Van Brunt Street, Englewood, New Jersey 07631.

To date, the gala’s 2018 sponsors are:  Bank of New Jersey, Berkley Luxury Group, BMW of Tenafly, Boyd Richards, CBRE, Citi Private Bank, Cole Schotz P.C., ConnectOne Bank, DecoTech, Dawn and Armando Diaz, Englewood Hospital & Medical Center, Elisabeth Morrow School, Fast Print, Floor & Décor, Carol Geisenheimer, Investors Bank, Jewel Spiegel Gallery, Kamson Corporation, Richard and Shawn Kennedy, and Judy and Joe Klyde.

Additional sponsors are: Lakeland Bank, Scott and Tammy Mager, Otterstedt Insurance Agency, Alfiero and Lucia Palestroni Foundation, PNC Bank, Providence Mutual, Louise Schwartz, Adam and Franci Steinberg, Thomas Manolio and Barbara Strauss, Stop & Shop Supermarket, TD Bank, The Blanco-Daly Group UBS Financial Services, Inc.  Rounding out the sponsors are:  Valley National Bank, Vergona Crane, Visions Federal Credit Union, Robert Wilkens Insurance Agency & Travelers Insurance, Justin and Shelly Wimpfheimer, Loren and Jennifer Wimpfheimer, and Wolfgangs, Inc.

Sponsorship levels are 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.  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 organization’s web site, www.thecommunitychestofenglewood.org, or call the office at 201-568-7474.

About The Community Chest

Founded in 1933, The Community Chest, a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, has supported local not-for-profit agencies for 85 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.

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

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