Hearts & Hammers Gala 2020

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Thank you to all—supporters, attendees, volunteers—who helped make Morris Habitat for Humanity’s 15th Annual Hearts & Hammers Gala at the Meadow Wood Manor in Randolph our biggest yet! Everyone enjoyed an evening of dinner, dancing, a silent auction and a tricky tray.

Five hundred people attended our signature fundraiser on Feb. 22, 2020, which highlighted our 25-home Bennett Avenue project in Randolph. This is the largest project in our 35-year history. Your partnership will help these Morris Habitat families realize the dream of owning an affordable home and the promise of healthier, brighter futures.

Homeowner-in-progress Jenniffer Espinal, a Passaic municipal employee who is studying to become a fire inspector, was the evening’s featured speaker. Jennifer and her two sons expect to move into their Morris Habitat duplex later this year. Jenniffer told the audience how homeownership will bring her family stability, security and peace.

“When we move into our home in Passaic, it will be one of the best days of our lives. We will have a place to call home where we feel safe and secure,” Jenniffer told the audience to a standing ovation. “Thank you all. You have planted a seed that will grow and prosper.”

Congratulations to our 2020 Gala Honorees:

Beyer Ford

Corporate Partner Award

Ethan Allen

Esposito Group of Northern New Jersey 

Corporate Partner Award

Provident Bank

Corporate Partner Award

Elizabeth Parker 

Don Kuhn Inspiration Award

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


Thank You To Our Sponsors

Home Sponsor

Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsor

Ray Trevisan

Silver Sponsor

Thomas and Diane Driscoll

Rick Barrett

Bronze Sponsor

Don and Teeny Kuhn

Ken and Christi Sauter

2020 Gala Honorary Committee & Leadership Council

David Bossart, Owner, Property Research Associates

Kevin Cummings, President & CEO, Investors Bank

Alp Akturk, Assistant VP, Brand Manager, Investors Bank

James Downs, President & Owner, The Downs Group

Peter Holmberg, Senior Director, Lexicon Pharmaceuticals

Ricky C. Jones, Vice President, Claims, Travelers

Gary Kastenbaum, Managing Partner, Boyden Global Executive Search

Christine Lenthe, Senior Vice President, Precision for Value

David Lewis, Attorney, Law Offices of David Lewis

Russell Lopinto, Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo

Marcelo Luftman, Managing Director, PROAnalytics LLC

Atanas Nakev, Unimak, LLC

James Nigro, EVP & Chief Risk Officer, Lakeland Bank

Ira Robbins, President & CEO, Valley Bank

Amani Thorpe-Lee, Director of Sales, Ethan Allen

Raymond Trevisan, Executive Managing Partner, Cushman & Wakefield

Patrick Walsh, Partner, Withum

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