The Community Chest’s 85th Anniversary Gala Raises Record Amount to Help People in Need

Board of Managers
The Community Chest’s board of managers

(Eastern Bergen County, New Jersey; May 7, 2018) — The Community Chest, a nonprofit organization serving eastern Bergen County, New Jersey, raised a record $130,000 at the Annual Spring Gala held at Montammy Golf Club in Alpine, New Jersey on April 18.  These funds will be directed to the organization’s annual campaign to award competitive grants to over 20 nonprofit agencies providing services to approximately 50,000 people in need in the area.

With the motto ‘Neighbors Helping Neighbors’, The Chest leads initiatives and supports nonprofits that make communities stronger and benefit people in the area.  Through a competitive grant process, awards are issued to nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations to support a range of needs in the area, such as hunger, afterschool programming, elderly care, career counseling for women, choral music instruction for youngsters, mental health services, environmental education, and medical care to diabetic, low income pregnant women among others.

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Honorees: Philanthropist Award-Richard Engel and Swati Rao Engel, Community Champion Award-Liz Magennis from Connect One Bank, and Public Spirit Award-Jennie Katsaros from The Rotary Club of Englewood

“We were very pleased to welcome over 200 supporters to our 85th anniversary gala at Montammy Golf Club.  More than 40 sponsors showed their support for The Community Chest’s work, and we were thrilled to honor the charitable work of Richard and Swati Rao Engel, ConnectOne Bank and The Rotary Club of Englewood.  This special event successfully communicated our message of ‘Neighbors Helping Neighbors’,” said Dr. Shelly Wimpfheimer, DSW, Executive Director, The Community Chest.


The milestone anniversary gala honored these individuals and organization for their involvement and contributions to the community:  Philanthropist Award-Richard Engel and Swati Rao Engel, Community Champion Award-Connect One Bank, and Public Spirit Award-The Rotary Club of Englewood.  Emmy award winning Lori Stokes, co-host of Good Day New York on Fox 5 NY WNYW, provided remarks.  She has been involved with numerous charities and served on The Chest’s board of managers.

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The JCC Thurnauer School of Music’s Young People’s Chorus

Proclamations recognizing The Chest’s work for over eight decades in the community were received from New Jersey Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle and the County of Bergen-Office of the County Executive.  Under the direction of Emma Brondolo, children from The JCC Thurnauer School of Music’s Young People’s Chorus, a grantee of The Chest, entertained the audience.


The gala’s 2018 sponsors were:  Bank of New Jersey, Berkley Luxury Group, BMW of Tenafly, Boyd/Richards/Parker/Colonnelli, 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, The Kamson Corporation, Richard and Shawn Kennedy, Judy and Joe Klyde, Kurtz and Spadaccini Families.

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Since The Community Chest’s founding, the organization has awarded grants continually to Englewood Hospital & Medical Center and to Bergen Family Center (formerly called Social Service Federation). Left to right: Debra Albanese, Executive Vice President from Englewood Hospital; Mitch Schoenfeld, MSW, President/CEO, from Bergen Family Center; and Dr. Shelly Wimpfheimer, DSW, Executive Director of The Community Chest

Additional sponsors were: Lakeland Bank, Scott and Tammy Mager, Otterstedt Insurance Agency, Alfiero and Lucia Palestroni Foundation, PNC Bank, Providence Mutual, Louise Schwartz, Robert Wilkens Insurance Agency, Adam and Franci Steinberg, Thomas Manolio and Barbara Strauss, Stop & Shop Supermarket, TD Bank, The Travelers Companies, The Bianco-Daly Group UBS Financial Services, Inc.  These sponsors also contributed to the event:  Valley National Bank, Vergona Crane, Visions Federal Credit Union, Justin and Shelly Wimpfheimer, Loren and Jennifer Wimpfheimer, Wolfgangs, Inc., and WRBC Charitable Foundation on behalf of Berkley Luxury Group.

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

Photo credit: Chris Marksbury

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