Hearts & Hammers Gala 2019

Thank you to everyone – supporters, attendees, volunteers – who joined us for Morris Habitat for Humanity’s 14th Annual Hearts & Hammers Gala! More than 300 people attended our signature fundraiser on Feb. 23, which highlighted our 121 Main Street project in Succasunna – 12 homes for 12 families. Your partnership will help these Morris Habitat families realize the dream of owning an affordable home and the promise of healthier, brighter futures.


New homeowner Ran Andrade was the evening’s featured speaker. Ran and his wife, Gladis, and their children, Kevin and Jocelyn, moved into their Morris Habitat home in June 2018. Ran told the audience how homeownership has brought his family joy, stability and dignity.

“We have a safe, healthy home where everyone in my family has their own space,” Ran said. “With your help, Gladis and I are providing a strong, stable foundation for Kevin and Jocelyn, and we know they will thrive.”


To see a video about the Andrades’ story, click 

Please click below for interviews with the Gala honorees:

James Nigro, 2018 President, Morris Habitat Board of Directors

GAF, James Schnepper, President

Lakeland Bank, Thomas J. Shara, President, CEO

Schindler Elevator Corporation, Gregory Ergenbright, President

Visit our Morris Habitat for Humanity Facebook page to view 2019 Gala photos.

Congratulations to our 2019 Gala Honorees:

James Nigro
2018 President
Morris Habitat Board of Directors
Don Kuhn Inspiration Award

James Schnepper, President
Corporate Partner Award

Lakeland Bank
Thomas J. Shara, President, CEO
Corporate Partner Award

Schindler Elevator Corporation
Gregory Ergenbright, President
Corporate Partner Award

Many thanks to our Gala Journal advertisers – take a look inside!

Thank you to our Sponsors!

121 Main Street Home Sponsors
Platinum Sponsors
Lakeland Bank logo
Large Valley Bank logo
Gold Sponsors

Raymond Trevisan – Cushman Wakefield

Silver Sponsor
Bronze Sponsors
Bronze - NCJAR

Don and Teeny Kuhn

Peter and Dolores Eliot

Dave Farrell


2019 Gala Honorary Committee & Leadership Council

Dave Bossart, Owner, Property Research Associates

Kevin Cummings, President & CEO, Investors Bank

James Downs, President & Owner, The Downs Group

Tucker Glavin, Managing Director, Unigestion

Peter Holmberg, Senior Director, Lexicon Pharmaceuticals

Ricky Jones, Vice President, Claims Travelers

Christine Lenthe, Senior Vice President, Precision for Value

Russ LoPinto, Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo

Marcelo Luftman, Managing Director, PROAnatlyics, LLC

Carolyn O’Connor, Esq., Partner, Wilson Elser

Ira Robbins, President & CEO, Valley Bank

Amani Thorpe-Lee, Director of Sales, Ethan Allen

Raymond Trevisan, Executive Managing Director, Cushman & Wakefield

Patrick Walsh, Partner, Withum

Gary Kastenbaum, Managing Partner, Boyden Global