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The Community Chest’s Fall Fest Raises $37,000 to Support Youth Programs

November 15, 2019 , Luhrs & Associates

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The Community Chest presented honoree Judy Aronson with the Community Advocate Award. Left to right: Richard Kennedy, President, The Community Chest; honoree Judy Aronson; and Dr. Shelly Wimpfheimer, Executive Director, The Community Chest

(Eastern Bergen County, New Jersey; November 7, 2019) — The Community Chest celebrated the new season at Fall Fest on Wednesday, October 23 at the Englewood Field Club.  The fun festivities kicked off the organization’s annual campaign and raised $37,000, surpassing those collected from the area at last year’s fall event.

The Community Chest rolled out a new format for its fall celebration to support programs serving youngsters in eastern Bergen County, New Jersey, resulting in increased attendance and involving more businesses.  “I was thrilled with our neighbors’ generous contributions of time, talent and ‘treasure’.  We attracted several new area restaurants that donated their delicious food, while others provided gift certificates for our auction.  There was definitely enthusiasm in the air, as people listened to the ‘crooners’ from The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC, and we recognized the outstanding accomplishments of our honoree, educator Judy Aronson, with the Community Advocate Award,” said Dr. Shelly Wimpfheimer, Executive Director, The Community Chest.

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The Community Chest’s board of managers celebrated at the 2019 Fall Fest.

Guests sampled a range of food and tastings of bourbon, vodka, tequila, wines, and locally crafted beer from the Alementary Brewing Co. from several area establishments.  These businesses provided the samples:  Aumm Aumm Pizzeria and Wine Bar, Blue Moon Mexican Café, Chez Cheese, Fresh Eats, Giovanni’s Bicycle Club, It’s Greek to Me, Kings Food Market, La Promenade, Locale Restaurant, Noches De Plaza, Sweet Hospitality Group, Syros Taverna, TJ’s Southern Gourmet, and Trattorio Carpaccio.   A live auction, raffle and a wine pull rounded out the evening’s festivities.

Sponsors for the Fall Fest were: Englewood Health, Bank of New Jersey, Jaguar Englewood, Joe and Judy Klyde, PSE&G, Richard Kennedy, Robert Wilkens Insurance Agency, Shelly and Justin Wimpfheimer, Valley National Bank, Barbara and Paul Brensilber, Berkley Luxury Group, Judy and Mark Aronson, and Kathy and Jim Scott.  They were joined by these supporters:  Lakeland Bank, Visions Federal Credit Union, Zimick Electric, Barbara Strauss and Tom Manolio, Broadway Kitchens, Fort Lee Racquet Club, Franci and Adam Steinberg, Kiwanis, Prestige Volvo Cars Englewood, Wolfgang’s Auto Repair, York International, Alementary, Gary’s Wine & Marketplace, and Birtwhistle & Livingston Inc.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

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The Bergen Performing Arts School’s Show Choir provided an entertaining program at the Fall Fest

Since The Community Chest’s founding in 1933, the nonprofit organization has carried out the goal of “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” with increased generosity.  The Chest’s Board of Managers implements a thorough process of screening, researching, and monitoring to assure the funds raised are directed to the most worthy programs and the areas of greatest need.

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

About The Community Chest

Founded in 1933, The Community Chest, a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, has supported local not-for-profit agencies for 86 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 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 and Twitter.

Photo Credit for all Images: Krysti Sabins



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