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Sep 13, 2022

Siobhan Fallon Hogan to Host Lunch Break’s Annual Fall Gala

By Lori Draz

Siobhan Fallon Hogan

Actress, film producer, screenwriter and Rumson’s own Siobhan Fallon Hogan will be the guest host for Lunch Break’s annual Fall Gala “Renew the Promise of Hope,” held this year on Friday, Oct. 14 at the Park Loft in Oceanport. Hogan, well-known for her roles in “Seinfeld,” “Forrest Gump” and “Men in Black,” will be joined by the 2022 honorees including Jeremy Grunin, president of the Grunin Foundation and the Grunin Group; Dr. Thomas and Bonnie Johnson; Jamie Giovinazzo, founder of Eat Clean Bro; and Paul Sansone Jr. owner of Sansone Jr’s 66 Automall.

“This year’s gala marks a pivotal point in Lunch Break’s history, as we celebrate the success of our Capital Campaign expansion and recent merger of Family Promise of Monmouth County,” Executive Director Gwendolyn Love said. “We are thrilled to welcome our esteemed honorees and to have Siobhan Fallon Hogan as our host, and we are also excited to be among the first events to premiere at the new Park Loft on the grounds of historic Fort Monmouth.” 

The evening takes place from 6:30 to 11 pm and will feature fine cuisine, dancing, entertainment, raffles and an auction of premium items. 

Jeremy Grunin, has been actively engaged throughout the community as president of the Grunin Foundation, a proactive grantmaker focused on economic growth at the central Jersey Shore, and he has served in several volunteer leadership roles with nonprofit and advocacy groups, including Lunch Break and as a volunteer advisor with such nonprofit organizations as the New Jersey Center for Nonprofits, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Community Medical Center, and Monmouth University, to name a few.

2022 Fall Gala honorees, from left: Jeremy Grunin, Paul and Christine Sansone Jr., Jamie Giovinazzo and Dr. Thomas and Bonnie Johnson. Photo courtesy of Suzanne Vreeland Photography

The Grunin Foundation supports organizations that implement projects in the arts, education and healthcare initiatives that must drive economic excellence, have a measurable impact, and align with one or more of their equity commitments. Jeremy also is a partner of Grunin Holdings, LLC., a New Jersey Partnership specializing in investing in third-party commercial ventures. 

Dr. Thomas and Bonnie Johnson have been stalwart volunteers for more than a decade. Bonnie chaired the first-ever capital fundraising campaign, and Tom was the Budgeting and Expense monitor. The longtime Red Bank residents are deeply devoted to advancing healthier, stronger households and human dignity, and have served on boards and volunteered with many organizations including 180 Turning Lives Around, the Community YMCA, The Center in Asbury Park and the Visiting Nurse Association. 

Jamie Giovinazzo, founder of the fast-growing Eat Clean Bro meal-prep delivery company, is dedicated to improving people’s health and happiness with nutritious eating options. His success story has been featured in Forbes, Men’s Journal, Men’s Health and Fox News among others. Each month, Eat Clean Bro donates thousands of meals to local food banks, many prepared by Jamie who spends lots of time behind the grill. He is passionate about helping people achieve their goals and about creating entrepreneurial opportunities.

Paul Sansone Jr. has been the driving force in major New Jersey auto dealerships for nearly four decades. His “Hope for a Ride” program partners with local nonprofit organizations to donate vehicles to local families and individuals in need of reliable transportation. So far, Sansone Jr. has donated nearly 50 cars. Paul’s dealerships also participate in the “Basket Brigade,” which contributes hundreds of meals to families in need during the holiday season. He and his wife, Christine, who is the on-screen spokesperson of the dealership, have been married 30 years and have three adult children, two of whom work with him at the dealership. 

Siobhan Fallon Hogan’s long career includes stand-out roles in numerous blockbuster films, and she is well-known in the area for her first feature film, “Rushed,” shot in Monmouth County. She is the writer, producer and star of the soon-to-be-released “Shelter in Solitude.”

Siobhan has been married to her husband, actor, producer and former Lunch Break board member Peter Hogan for 29 years. They reside in Rumson. The couple has three children: Bernadette, Albany bureau chief for the New York Post; Peter, an actor and music producer; and Sinead, an actress, and senior at Virginia Tech. 

Tickets for the Gala are $400 per person proceeds will benefit Lunch Break’s mission of providing food security and social services, clothing, fellowship, life skills and housing assistance to financially-insecure community members. For tickets and sponsorships, visit LunchBreak.org or contact Development Manager Jill Gwydir-Govel at 732-747-8577, ext. 3107 or jgwydir@lunchbreak.org.