FAMILY PROMISE OF MORRIS COUNTY ANNUAL DINNER HONORING ROTARY – MARCH 20, 2014

MORRISTOWN, NJ – Family Promise of Morris County will host its annual dinner, An Evening of Promise: Recognizing Volunteers & Community Service, on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at Meadow Wood Manor in Randolph. Dinner will be served as well as live music, guest speakers, and a Tricky Tray. This event, with over 300 attendees, gives Family Promise of Morris County the opportunity to thank the many volunteers, donors, and supporters who have dedicated their time, energy, and resources to eliminate homelessness in Morris County. Family Promise of Morris County is a non-sectarian, not-for-profit organization dedicated to ending the crisis of homelessness faced by Morris County families by partnering with public and private agencies, congregations, and community volunteers to provide shelter, case management, and mentoring services leading to self-sufficiency.

Greenberg Traurig is generously sponsoring this dinner for the 9th year, and this will mark the 3rd year they have sponsored a Community Impact Award presented at the event. This award was born out of a desire to honor individuals or organizations that consistently go above and beyond in their commitment to assist others and strengthen the community. The recipients are individuals or organizations who affect change in more than two areas, including the donation of their time and service, financial support and the impact of their work on the local community related to the issues of poverty and homelessness. Rotary International District 7470 is this year’s recipient of the Community Impact Award.

Rotary District 7470 covers Morris, Sussex, Essex and part of Warren County. Driven by the motto “Service Above Self,” approximately 1,800 Club Members, Rotaract (college), Interact (high school) and Early Act (elementary school) dedicate themselves to raising money and applying their personal time and skills to making their communities and the world a better place.

This past year, Rotary District 7470 helped Family Promise of Morris County with many needs. As an example of the diversity of Rotary assistance, Rusty Schommer from the Morristown Club provided engineering assistance, Shawn Gilfillan from the Lake Hopatcong Club provided car repair services, and grants were provided from the Madison Rotary Club for their transitional housing program and the Morristown Rotary Club for their new family room addition.

When Family Promise of Morris County Board President Robert DiCostanzo notified Rotary of their needs after Hurricane Sandy, the late District Governor, Avi Tilak, arranged access to a Rotary warehouse where clubs from all over the world were sending relief supplies. Within a day, they had a portable generator and a truckload of food, clothing and cleaning supplies.

Based on additional needs, Avi used his international Rotary connections to team three districts in India with the Lake Hopatcong Club and provide a Rotary International Matching Grant. This grant provided $11,000 worth of critical capability including a whole house generator, a new telephone system, computer equipment and cards for gas, food, diapers and a host of other items that Family Promise of Morris County’s clients needed.

For more information regarding Family Promise of Morris County, please contact Joann Bjornson at j.bjornson@familypromisemorris.org or 973-998-0820.

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