The stormy weather on February 25, 2017, didn’t keep any of the 300 guests from enjoying our signature fundraiser, the 12th Annual Hearts and Hammer Gala at the Meadow Wood Manor in Randolph.

The celebration began with a sip of champagne at a cocktail reception, where guests greeted friends old and new. Guests could bid on over 125 silent auction items, ranging from Disney tickets to a private in-home concert by local artist Mary Byrd. Dinner and dancing followed, with live music by the band Escapade, which includes the musical talent of Morris Habitat homeowner Robert Rosenberger.

The evening’s program began with special acknowledgement of the Home Sponsor, Schindler; the Premier Sponsor, Bayer; and the four sets of honorees – Sophie and Richard Palla, Jamie Rodgers, Valley National Bank and the Town of Morristown.

Rondon family at Gala 2017The most memorable moment was hearing the story of homeowner speaker Junior Rondon, pictured at right with his family. He grew up with a father and mother who both worked two jobs, but were barely able to afford the cramped apartment where he shared a room with his younger brother. Now he’s proud to have a room of his own in the Rondon’s new home on Carlton Street in Morris Township. Now a senior at Morristown High School, Junior plans to attend Fairleigh Dickinson University on a full scholarship. He ended his speech by saying, “And I want to thank all of you for my dad’s parking spot, Mom’s dishwasher and a safe place to play and grow for my little brother Justin.  And thanks from all of us for many more Thanksgiving dinners at our new Habitat home.”

Junior’s story and interviews of the Gala honorees can be viewed on Healthy Home Network TV.

We wish to thank all the supporters, attendees, and volunteers who made this year’s Gala one of the most successful.

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OUR 2017 HONOREES

Municipal Partner Award

Town of Morristown

Corporate Partnership Award

Valley National Bank

Build It Now Award

Jamie Rodgers and J.M. Rodgers Co. Inc.

Donald H. Kuhn Inspiration Award

Richard & Sophie Palla

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

 House Sponsor

Schindler logo

Premier Sponsor

Bayer Science for a Better Life

Craftsman Sponsor

Valley National Bank logo

Master Carpenter Sponsors

GAF logoInvestors Bank logo

Lakeland Bank logo

 

Platinum Sponsors

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J.M. Rodgers Co. logo

Palla sponsor

Gold Sponsors

Kuhn sponsor

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Nisivoccia logo

Normandy Real Estate Partners logo

NCJAR logo

Peapack-Gladstone Bank logoTsukamoto sponsor

Wilson Elser logo

withum-logo

Silver Sponsor

Eliot sponsorRulton Bank logo

Spencer Savings Bank logo

Travelers logo

 

Bronze Sponsors

NK Architects logo

Provident Bank logo

Seth A. Leeb Architect logo

OUR 2017 HONORARY GALA COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Kevin Cummings
President & CEO
Investors Bank

James Downs
President & Owner
The Downs Group

Tucker Glavin
Former Managing Director
PineBridge Investments

Peter Holmberg
Director
Lexicon Pharmaceuticals

Ricky Jones
Vice President, Claim Center
Travelers

Joseph Longo
President
Longo Electrical-Mechanical

Russ LoPinto
Senior Vice President
Wells Fargo

Carolyn O’Connor, Esq.
Partner
Wilson Elser

Raymond Trevisan
Executive Managing Director
Cushman & Wakefield

Patrick Walsh
Partner
WithumSmith+Brown