Hollywood Glam Gala

LEFT: Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen and Morris Museum trustee John Hemmendinger of Hemmendinger & Company. ABOVE: Standing with the 1937 Packard convertible built for Clark Gable are planning committee co-chairs Noel Settle, Michele Hedley, and Judy Chadourne; committee member Sunny Turnquist; Morris Museum chief operating officer Linda Moore; and a Marilyn Monroe look-alike.

LEFT: Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen and Morris Museum trustee John Hemmendinger of Hemmendinger & Company. ABOVE: Standing with the 1937 Packard convertible built for Clark Gable are planning committee co-chairs Noel Settle, Michele Hedley, and Judy Chadourne; committee member Sunny Turnquist; Morris Museum chief operating officer Linda Moore; and a Marilyn Monroe look-alike. Photo © Thomas Kelcec

A glamorous dinner dance and live auction, sponsored by Friends of Morris Museum, raised funds to support arts education programs at the museum. The event was hosted concurrently with the exhibition, Icons of Costume: Hollywood’s Golden Era and Beyond, which supports Dress for Success of Morris County.

For the Kids

In October, the Summit Educational Foundation observed the launch of a multi-million-dollar endowment to help ensure fiscal stability and future excellence for Summit public schools.

FROM LEFT: Paul Rissman, endowment committee co-chair; Toni George, principal at Claremont Realty Group; Nora Radest, endowment committee co-chair; and Nicole Blomfield, SEF board president, celebrated the campaign’s initial pledges of over $3.5 million. RIGHT: Nora Radest, Kim Bredahl, Laura Schaffer, and Amanda Greenblatt, endowment committee members

FROM LEFT: Paul Rissman, endowment committee co-chair; Toni George, principal at Claremont Realty Group; Nora Radest, endowment committee co-chair; and Nicole Blomfield, SEF board president, celebrated the campaign’s initial pledges of over $3.5 million. RIGHT: Nora Radest, Kim Bredahl, Laura Schaffer, and Amanda Greenblatt, endowment committee members.

Accepting the Challenge

Clara Maass Medical Center Foundation (CMMCF) hosted Lifeline Challenge to Healthy Living at Essex County Branch Brook Park in Newark. More than 400 participants walked or rode to increase awareness and raise funds to help prevent childhood obesity.

ABOVE: Jane Newman Kessler, vice president, CMMCF; Ken Rosato, WABC-TV news anchor; Jacqueline L. Kelly, special events coordinator, CMMCF; and George Ruthauser, PA announcer, New Jersey Jackals. LEFT: New York Red Bulls players Conor Chinn and Andrew Boyens.

ABOVE: Jane Newman Kessler, vice president, CMMCF; Ken Rosato, WABC-TV news anchor; Jacqueline L. Kelly, special events coordinator, CMMCF; and George Ruthauser, PA announcer, New Jersey Jackals. LEFT: New York Red Bulls players Conor Chinn and Andrew Boyens.

Festival Rocks for Autism

The inaugural Bedstock fall music festival, presented by the AMA Charitable Foundation, featured nine bands and guest appearances by musician John Sebastian and baseball great Darryl Strawberry. Proceeds will benefit five schools for children with autism, including the Somerset Hills Learning Institute in Bedminster Township.

FROM LEFT: Dr. Kevin Brothers, executive director of Somerset Hills Learning Institute; Richard Hoynes, executive director of AMA Charitable Foundation; Darryl Strawberry, celebrity guest and supporter; John Phelan, president, Bedminster Business Association; and Michael Szot, board member, AMA.

FROM LEFT: Dr. Kevin Brothers, executive director of Somerset Hills Learning Institute; Richard Hoynes, executive director of AMA Charitable Foundation; Darryl Strawberry, celebrity guest and supporter; John Phelan, president, Bedminster Business Association; and Michael Szot, board member, AMA.

Gala Supports Handicapped Riding Center

Equus XVIV: A Night in New Orleans, hosted at Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club in Bedminster, raised more than $150,000 to benefit the Somerset Hills Handicapped Riding Center. Festivities included dinner, dancing, and a live auction hosted by NBC sportscaster Bruce Beck.

LEFT: Sportscaster Bruce Beck with past Equus event chairs Katie and Skip Borghese. ABOVE: Past event chair Laura Brucker, supporter Krissy Binder, supporter Stephanie Glickman, and past event chair Jaimie Ryan Morais assembled for an evening of New Orleans-style music and fun.

LEFT: Sportscaster Bruce Beck with past Equus event chairs Katie and Skip Borghese. ABOVE: Past event chair Laura Brucker, supporter Krissy Binder, supporter Stephanie Glickman, and past event chair Jaimie Ryan Morais assembled for an evening of New Orleans-style music and fun.

Flower-Child Premiere Party

Flower House Party, a fund-raiser for the Center for Contemporary Art, was a pop-art, time-travel experience to the ‘60s. An Andy Warhol-themed invitation asked guests to “come as hip as you are.” The CAA is dedicated to promoting awareness of and participation in the visual arts.

FROM LEFT: Somerset County freeholder Peter Palmer, artist Andrea Gianchiglia, and Kathleen Palmer, owner of Studio 7 Art Gallery in Bernardsville, attended a pop-art fund-raiser for the renamed Center for Contemporary Art (formerly the Somerset Art Association).

FROM LEFT: Somerset County freeholder Peter Palmer, artist Andrea Gianchiglia, and Kathleen Palmer, owner of Studio 7 Art Gallery in Bernardsville, attended a pop-art fund-raiser for the renamed Center for Contemporary Art (formerly the Somerset Art Association).

Giving Back Is Always in Style

Hundreds of fashionistas congregated at the Pleasantdale Chateau for the first New Jersey Fashion Week to recognize the talents of emerging designers and raise funds for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure North Jersey Affiliate.

CLOCKWISE, FROM TOP: Donnella Tilery and Jack Panico of New Jervsey Fashion Week welcome guests to the runway show that featured the work of seven emerging designers. Jack Panico, CEO of Panico Salon & Spa; Diana Stroup of Park Place; Jonathan Cheban of the Spin Crowd; and event patron Barbara Sills of Verona. Donnella Tilery presented the Rising Star Award for Accessories Design to Sara Reichert of 1  O.A.K. Designs. Judging the event were (in background) Thadine Clifton, president of Colle Products, and Yanina of Yanina and Co. Jewelers.

CLOCKWISE, FROM TOP: Donnella Tilery and Jack Panico of New Jersey Fashion Week welcome guests to the runway show that featured the work of seven emerging designers. Jack Panico, CEO of Panico Salon & Spa; Diana Stroup of Park Place; Jonathan Cheban of the Spin Crowd; and event patron Barbara Sills of Verona. Donnella Tilery presented the Rising Star Award for Accessories Design to Sara Reichert of 1 O.A.K. Designs. Judging the event were (in background) Thadine Clifton, president of Colle Products, and Yanina of Yanina and Co. Jewelers.


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