Safeway Genuardi’s in East Brunswick is running its annual month-long fundraising and awareness campaign to benefit Easter Seals. Safeway plans to raise millions of dollars to fund critical regional rehabilitation services and autism programs, provide job training grants, and “adopt” athletes so they can participate in Special Olympics games throughout the country.
During the April campaign, customers at all Genuardi’s stores in New Jersey, owned by Safeway, will be asked to donate to Easter Seals at checkout.
The 22-year Safeway and Easter Seals partnership has raised more than $83 million to date in support of Easter Seals services for children and adults with disabilities across the country.
Princeton University alumna and founding chairman of the DeVry Institute Dennis Keller and his wife, Constance, have donated $25 million to Princeton to fuse the school’s traditionally liberal arts strength to its engineering and ecology programs. The Kellers’ gift will endow and name the university’s recently created Center for Innovation in Engineering Education. It will be known as Keller Center.
The new center fosters teaching and student projects that cross conventional academic disciplines, preparing students in all fields — within engineering and across the natural sciences, humanities and social sciences — to work side by side to solve problems.
Dennis Keller graduated with an economics degree in 1963. He co-chairs the advisory council for Princeton’s engineering school. In addition to their support for the Keller Center, the Kellers designated $2.5 million of their gift for a general innovation fund in engineering and another $2.5 million will support the Mpala Research Center in Kenya.
Gold’s Gym, with locations in Lawrenceville and Hamilton, have joined forces with Mercer Street Friends to ask Gold’s members to lose weight in order to help feed families in need.
In a contest called “Your Loss is Their Gain,” the Mercer Street Friends Food Bank will receive $1 for every pound lost by participants, up to $3,000.
The contest ends June 1. Participants will be weighed monthly by a certified personal trainer and the biggest loser will receive a trip for two to the Caribbean. During the Gold’s Gym Annual Beach Party this summer, Mercer Street Friends will be presented with a check and the biggest loser will receive their prize. For more information, visit www.mercerstreetfriends.org.