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Dec 13, 2017

Hope for Children Foundation New Jersey, Inc. Annual Gala

“Oh, What a Night.” On Saturday, December 2, The Hope for Children Foundation New Jersey, Inc. held its annual gala with this year’s theme;  ‘Holiday Mix, Mingle and Jingle.’ This year’s gala marks a record breaking amount of money raised by Hope for Children Foundation New Jersey, Inc.in one night with a total of nearly $185,000  going directly to help children and families in New Jersey. This brings Hope for Children Foundation New Jersey, Inc.closer to raising $2.8m since founded over a decade ago. 
The event was held at Bell Works in Holmdel and the attendance was approximately 550.  Major sponsors of the night included Advisors Mortgage, The Hess companies and The Hinds/Pearly Group. This 100% volunteer organization is a 501(C3) compromised of professionals, entrepreneurs and parents in Monmouth County. It originated in 2002 with a simple goal of “getting together with family, friends and colleagues to make a positive difference in the community by helping children in need and their families.” (http://www.hfcf.org/about/)
During the event, Phyllis and Carmine Visone of Holmdel, were honored with the Humanitarian Service Award. Co-founder of Hope for Children Foundation New Jersey, Inc., Karen Hinds says, “It is truly an honor for [Hope for Children Foundation New Jersey, Inc.] to have great supporters like Phyllis and Carmine Visone. They are pillars in our community, whose philanthropic efforts are in line with the mission of [Hope for Children Foundation New Jersey, Inc.] Everyone who knows Phyllis and Carmine speak of their unyielding public service, especially to the children in our community. It is a privilege for us to honor the Visone’s.” Michael and Tiffanie Salerno were also honored at the event and have been key supporters of Hope for Children Foundation New Jersey, Inc.since its inception. Michael is Second Vice President on the Board of Trustees for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth County. Tiffany is a managing member of Eagan & Associates, founding board member of Hope for Children Foundation New Jersey, Inc., and on the Board of Trustees for ARC of Monmouth County.
The whimsical mood was set for the evening as guests entered and were greeted by festively dressed stilt walkers and Santa Claus on the scene! Snow flakes magically fell from above as the crowd enjoyed exquisite hors d’oeuvres and food stations from the award winning David Ellis Events. Guests could sample the 240+ varieties of premium liquor and beer donated by The Wine Academy Superstore as they leisurely browsed the spectacular gifts in the premium silent, gift and live auctions. Hope for Children Foundation New Jersey, Inc. prides themselves in donating every dollar made to the cause. All auction items and most services were donated for this years event.  A few of the many in our community who donated their time, products or services include The Wine Academy Superstore, Bell Works, This is It Entertainment, Community Appliance, The Galleria Gold Co, Infinite AV Solutions, Ashley Mac Photography, Taliercio’s Gourmet Deli of Middletown, Mike Simons Productions LLC, and markconte.com.  
A highlight of the night was The First Annual 12 Days of Giving Raffle, where 12 lucky winners took home cash prizes from $500 to $10,000. Hope for Children Foundation New Jersey, Inc.pledged to support a dozen families in need from the remaining  proceeds of this raffle and proceeds from this years event. They are also preparing to support over 100 families this holiday season and  many more throughout the year. “Whether it’s a homeless teen, a special needs child, a struggling family or an organization that truly makes a difference, we are careful in making the best selections possible and we are  excited as we are about to make a huge impact in so many lives” said Kristie Kane, Co-Chair and Executive Board Member of Hope for Children Foundation New Jersey, Inc..   “The proceeds of the night will help these beneficiaries as well as many more  throughout the year, we are blessed to make such a difference in our community.”  A great way to kick off to the season of giving! 
For more information, to get involved, or donate online please visit https://hfcf.org
Hope for Children Foundation New Jersey, Inc. is not to be confused with the Hope for Children Foundation of Dallas, Texas which holds the Trademark to that name.