Robert Rosetta, president of Plainsboro-based AboutNewJersey.com, donated a 42-inch flat screen television, blu-ray player, and wall support to the Thomas Clarke House at Princeton Battlefield State Park. Rosetta is also a board member of the Clarke House Volunteers.
The Clarke House Volunteers planned to use the items to produce and show videos of their living history programs and cooking demonstrations.
Special Olympics New Jersey (SONJ) in Lawrenceville received a $50,000 grant from the Northwestern Mutual Foundation. The grant was the result of a Community Impact Award to Northwestern Mutual’s Princeton office — the Savino Financial Group at 731 Alexander Road.
The office, which has partnered with SONJ since 2010, has volunteered more than 670 hours, raised some $21,940, and secured more than 50 business sponsorships for its annual golf outing fundraiser. The grant will help support SONJ’s young athlete program.
The MIDJersey Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals Connective (YPC) chose the Hamilton Area YMCA as its annual charitable organization for 2012. Each year the YPC chooses a non-profit organization to assist by volunteering for events and helping to find donations and sponsorships.
The VOICE Foundation, the charitable arm of McGraw-Hill Federal Credit Union, located in East Windsor, donated $2,300 to the Children’s Miracle Network.
Over Labor Day weekend, the VOICE Foundation held its eighth annual charity golf classic, raising some $50,000 for organizations including National Junior Tennis and Learning of Trenton, and the Children’s Miracle Network.
MaysGroup Investment Advisors at 125 Carter Road hosted a reception for Anthony Mulongo and Thomas Keown, founders of One Home Many Hopes (OHMH) at the at the Cherry Valley Country Club. The organization in Skillman. OHMH finds, rescues, houses, and educates orphaned and abandoned girls in Kenya.
NRG Energy, based at 211 Carnegie Center, donated $100,000 to the New Jersey Federation of Food Banks. It was the sixth straight year for NRG as the statewide sponsor of the federation’s Check-Out Hunger campaign. The New Jersey Federation of Food Banks provides food and other services to about 850,000 people.
The energy company also awarded $50,000 to Mercer Street Friends Food Bank to sponsor the Send Hunger Packing program for the 2012-’13 school year. NRG has supported the program since 2009, giving a total of $170,000 to the program, which provides weekend meals to almost 300 children who would otherwise go without food. The program targets children who live in homes where there is insufficient income or resources to adequately feed the family.
Also, more than 180 NRG employees volunteered at local organizations during the NRG Global Giving Day in May. Locations included Dress for Success, YMCA/YWCA Princeton, Learning Ally, HiTOPS, and Young Audiences.
NRG Energy also donated $74,500 to Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania. The funds will go toward creating the NRG Energy Creatively Green Awards — a competitive program to bring arts-based sustainability education to schoolchildren and their families.
The awards kicked off with the Creatively Green Family Arts Festival — a pilot event at George E. Wilson Elementary School in Hamilton. Four additional festivals will be awarded during the 2012-’13 school year to individual schools or school districts.
Phil Cooper, president and CEO of Cooper Pest Solutions and BedBug Central, raised funds for Multiple Sclerosis by participating in the Bike the US for MS tour. Cooper raised $18,726 by biking 3,780 milesfrom Yorktown, VA, to San Francisco.
Employees of Credit Suisse, located at 700 College Road East, donated $3,125 to the Mercer Street Friends Food Bank as part of the corporation’s 2012 Holiday Charity Initiative. The employee donations were matched by a gift of $3,026 from the Credit Suisse Americas Foundation.
In addition, Credit Suisse employees are encouraged to be involved in the work of the charities they sponsor. Once a month, volunteers from the company work at Mercer Street Friends to help distribute 40,000 to 50,000 pounds of food and groceries to food pantries, shelters, and soup kitchens that are members of the food bank.
Volpe and Koenig, an intellectual property law firm with offices on Palmer Square and in Philadelphia, kicked off its sixth annual IPromise Charitable Giving Fund. The fund awards $20,000 grants to two qualified organizations.
This year’s recipients were the Mercer Museum and Interfaith Hospitality Network. The firm has given more than $180,000 to date to local nonprofit organizations.
Herb Greenberg, the founder of Caliper Corporation at 506 Carnegie Center, established a $50,000 scholarship for the City College of New York, his alma mater. The first winner of the scholarship was Ariel Karten, a sophomore at CCNY majoring in biology and psychology.
The Wells Fargo Regional Foundation awarded Isles and the Trenton Historic Development Collaborative a $700,000 Neighborhood Implementation Grant. The award supports the work of the Trenton Historic Development Collaborative, a group of more than 20 neighborhood organizations, businesses, and residents committed to revitalizing the community. The THDC target area stretches from Willow Street to Hermitage Avenue and from Rutherford Avenue to West State Street.
New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance in Ewing awarded $1,000 to Meals on Wheels of Trenton/Ewing for its Subsidized Meal Program. The grant will provide 187 meals to low-income, homebound residents in both municipalities.
Employees from the Deloitte financial office on College Road East in Plainsboro planted a vegetable garden and painted walls at the Mercer Street Friends Food Bank as part of the Deloitte New Jersey IMPACT Day.
One team of Deloitte volunteers researched ways to create a garden on blacktop, came up with a design, built the garden, and planted peppers, tomatoes, sweet peas, cucumbers, parsley, and basil. They constructed self-watering containers, decorated the outside of the containers with painted leaves and ivy, and enclosed the garden with a wooden fence.
Another team of Deloitte employees spackled and painted walls inside the food bank’s warehouse.
Employees of Bristol-Myers Squibb on Scudders Mill Road in Plainsboro visited the Boys & Girls Club summer camp at Columbus School in Trenton as part of the company’s “Day of Caring.”
The BMS vounteers worked with children ages 5 to 9 to make pinwheels in art class, play games of kickball, assist with American Sign Language class, and learn the dance steps to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”
Mrs. G TV & Appliances in Lawrenceville donated a refrigerator to HiTOPS. The organization provides peer-led educational instruction to help teens to live healthy and responsible lives.
Hinkle, Fingles, & Prior, a law firm on Main Street in Lawrenceville, made a $20,000 donation to ASAH — an organization of private schools and agencies in New Jersey that provides specialized services to more than 11,000 infants, children and young adults with disabilities.
In addition donating, the firm will sponsor a scholarship for a graduate of an ASAH member school during each of the next two years.
United Way of Greater Mercer County received a $354,650 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for 2012-’13. The funds will be applied to helping children succeed (education), fostering self-sufficiency (income), and caring for seniors and people with disabilities (health). This was the 11th consecutive year that UWGMC has received funding from RWJF.
Olive Garden restauarant in Mercer Mall helped earn $7,429 for the 2011-’12 Pasta for Pennies program. The money goes to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).
Pasta for Pennies is designed to teach children in elementary, middle, and high school the value of community service. Students collect funds, starting with their own spare change, to support research and patient service programs over a three-week period during the school year. The top fundraising class in each school earns a pasta party at Olive Garden. The Lawrenceville Olive Garden provided pasta parties for six schools this year.
Novo Nordisk at 100 College Road kicked off a new campaign to benefit McCarter Theater. Under the Fabulous 500 Campaign Novo Nordisk has agreed to match first-time annual fund contributions of $50 to $500 during McCarter’s 2012-’13 season. As part of the program, new supporters will receive benefits and recognition at the next highest giving level throughout the year. McCarter’s annual fund covers 40 percent of its annual budget.
Employees of Chez Alice Catering Company in Pennington have donated $2,636 since opening in July, 2010. The employees donate tips each month to non-profit organizations including Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Carrier Clinic, Saint Jude’s, the Salvation Army, SAVE Animal Rescue, Make a Wish Foundation, Fresh Air Fund, HomeFront, Oceana, Stony Brook Millstone Watershed, and Crawford House. In November they donated their tips to Toys for Tots and are also serving as a drop-off location for toys.
Church & Dwight on North Harrison Street donated $8,500 to Science Mentors 1 to 1 to provide for science-centered field trips, research supplies, and college application fees. Science Mentors 1 to 1, based in Lawrenceville, “develops competency and self-esteem in under-represented high school students through the application of the scientific method to environmental issues,” according to the organization’s website.
Carnegie Center-based law firm Hill Wallack sponsored the annual Christmas party of the Lawrenceville Family Readiness Group (FRG) of the HHC 50th New Jersey Army National Guard on Saturday, December 1, at the Lawrenceville Armory.
More than 300 adults and children attended the event, up from 200 last year. Children received gifts, and all guests were treated to a meal and entertainment, including a magic show.