Share the Earth

EarthShare New Jersey has played a key role for 20 years in mobilizing individuals, businesses, and environmental leaders to work together to protect the state’s natural resources and communities through volunteerism, workplace giving and sustainability campaigns.

Following Sandy’s destruction and the ongoing recovery, spring provides the opportunity to celebrate our environment. Parks, waterways, marshland, hiking trails, and beautiful beaches serve as an escape or retreat for everyone; residents and tourists alike.

EarthShare New Jersey provides funds to more than 65 local and national environmental groups and has raised more than $5.3 million over the past two decades. It’s an honor to build on this success and continue to grow our network to protect the beauty and bounty of our Garden State.

On Friday, May 30, from 6:30 to 10 p.m., EarthShare New Jersey celebrates its 20th Anniversary at Grounds for Sculpture, 18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton. The event features a photography exhibition showcasing New Jersey’s wildlife, landscapes, and waterways; eco-friendly auctions which include unique experiences such as wildlife releases and art work; tastings of beer, wine, and specialty dishes served by chefs from across the state; and live jazz presented by Stringzville. We also honor Ed Lloyd and TerraCycle for their environmental accomplishments. Purchase tickets at www.earthsharenj.org.

We invite everyone to attend this landmark event. We continue to work with employers to reinforce their environmental commitments to their employees, customers and communities. Please consider this an invitation to connect.

Paula Aldarelli

Executive Director,

EarthShare New Jersey

CASA 5K Full of Heroes

Over 260 runners of all ages — some donning their favorite superhero outfits — ran in the CASA Kids Superhero 5K and Family Fun Run at the Princeton Pike Corporate Center in Lawrenceville on Saturday, April 26. Over $58,000 was raised to benefit Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA) of Mercer and Burlington Counties.

The mission of CASA is to recruit, screen, and train volunteers to speak up in Family Court for the best interests of children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. CASA’s 166 volunteers served 269 children in Mercer and Burlington counties this past year, but there are nearly 800 more children in out-of-home placement who still need a CASA volunteer.

This year’s honorary chair was Dan Wilkinson, chief commercial officer of 1WorldSync, the industry leader in global product management and data pool solutions. The company, with a major U.S. office at Princeton Pike Corporate Center, was again a significant sponsor of the Superhero 5K. Mr. Wilkinson, a former foster parent, is a passionate supporter.

Our event committee included Anna Biddle (event chair), Adam Bittmann, Stefanie Collela-Walsh, Cynthia Murphy, Gary Rossi, and Matthew Taylor. Bob Tona and Rachel Scupp were co-race directors. Donating their services were graphic designer and event photographer Jess Franko, Wright Senares of Inspirato Visual for videography, and Mariesa Black-Thomas of Changing Faces for face painting. Over 40 volunteers donated their time on the day of the race.

Event sponsors were led by sponsors CSC, Mathematica and 1WorldSync; Bracco Diagnostics, Braun Research, Diversified Rack & Shelving, Investors Bank, Fox Rothschild LLP, PSE&G, Stark & Stark, and Wells Fargo Advisors; M Financial, HDR, New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance, Nass-Tech Mechanical, Novo Nordisk, NRG, Prism Property Services, Santander Bank, Szaferman Lakind and TD Bank.

To learn more about becoming a CASA volunteer, visit www.casamercer.org or www.casaofburlingtoncounty.org or call 609-434-0050. Summer training sessions will be held the last week of June.

Randall Kirkpatrick

Community Development, CASA

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