The Community Chest of Eastern Bergen County, a nonprofit organization serving eastern Bergen County, raised $125,000 at its first golf outing at White Beeches Golf and Country Club in Haworth and its second virtual gala, called “We Are in This Together.” The net proceeds will provide competitive grants to nonprofit agencies responding to increased community needs and services in response to the pandemic. Nina Pineda, an award-winning broadcast journalist with WABC-TV’s 7 On Your Side, emceed the gala.
The organization, whose motto is “Neighbors Helping Neighbors,” leads initiatives and supports nonprofits that make communities stronger and benefit people in the area. Through a competitive process, grants will be awarded to nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations targeting food insecurity and providing mental health services; programming to support covid-19 learning loss, with a focus on social and emotional development; programming to assist students with college applications; and supporting the group’s Young Women’s Leadership awards.
“We are deeply gratified by the community’s participation in our first golf outing and their support of our virtual gala,” Dr. Shelly Wimpfheimer, Community Chest’s executive director, said. “These two fundraising events will enable the Community Chest of Eastern Bergen County to award grants to nonprofit agencies responding to the increased demand for services to people in need, resulting from the covid-19 pandemic. Some of the funds raised from our gala’s online auction will also give youngsters an opportunity to attend day camp activities in a nurturing, supportive environment.”
Lakeland Bank received the Corporate Philanthropy award, Family Promise of Bergen County got the Community Leadership award, and the Young Philanthropists award went to Ayla Uram. Matthew B. Libien and John Wilkens were the golf outing co-chairs.
Among the many sponsors were Englewood Health, Lakeland Bank, Otterstedt Insurance Agency, Valley Bank, and Temple Emanu-El of Closter’s sisterhood.
The Community Chest awards grants to nonprofit agencies providing services to 15 municipalities in eastern Bergen County. For more information go to www.thecommunitychestofenglewood.org.