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Donate Now! Your Support Changes Lives!

This past year threatened to divide and distance—physically, politically, and emotionally. Yet our incredible community continually chose otherwise through their help, hope, enthusiasm, and endurance.

The pandemic has also underscored the greater need for connection, for community, and for The Connection. Despite the tremendous difficulties our organization has experienced and continues to face, we have never been more determined to serve you.

Simply; we are for you. We are for children, students, adults, and seniors. We are for all families, all stages, and all abilities. And we are for providing the opportunities, programs, and resources that keep your lives meaningful—regardless of circumstance.

We would like you to consider adding your contribution today. Your unrestricted gift will help to ensure we will continue to be the foundation on which you can rely.

There are many ways to make a difference:

  1. Online with a one-time or recurring gift
  2. Mail this form to The Connection 79 Maple Street, Summit, NJ 07901
  3. Visit our Front Desk
  4. Call Lauren, our Director of Philanthropy, at 908.273.4242 ext. 119
  5. Maximize your contribution with your employer’s matching gift
  6. Leave your legacy with a planned gift or a transfer of stock

BENEFACTORS FORUM 2020

In recognition of annual gifts made to The Connection

And with grateful recognition for our dedicated members who continued their memberships during our closure

Endowing Benefactors ($10,000+)
  • Nathalie Berger
  • Ann C.* and Joseph W. Berkery
  • Gary C. Butler Family Foundation
  • Central Presbyterian Church Endowment Fund
  • Wendy* and Bruce Graeb
  • E. J. Grassman Trust
  • Hyde and Watson Foundation
  • Daniel E. Offutt Charitable Trust
  • The Estate of James R. Prisco, Sr.
  • Nora* and Rob Radest
  • Richland Investments, LLC
  • R. Seelaus & Co., Inc
  • State of New Jersey
  • Marianne** and Robert Suffern
  • The Summit Foundation
  • United Way of Greater Union County
  • Maria* and Evan Williams
Founding Benefactors ($5,000-9,999)
  • Barberry Foundation Inc.
  • Rachel and Tom Cortese
  • Jeanne D’Haem and Bruce Stein
  • Jayne and David Graepel
  • Elizabeth Gump**
  • Investors Foundation
  • Erika* and Mark Melchiorre
  • Elisabeth* and Charles Phillips
  • The Rhoten Family Fund
  • The Tyler Foundation
  • Margaret and Peter Van Brunt
  • Nora W. and Raymond L. M. Wong
Sustaining Benefactors ($2,500-4,999)
  • Anonymous
  • Virginia ** and Shawn Cepeda
  • Jennifer and Ted Counihan
  • Gypset Style, Inc
  • The Lyness Family Fund
  • Abby and Eli Manning
  • Anneliese and Robert Mitnick
  • Sarah and Ben Seelaus
  • The Martin and Kristen Segal Fund
  • Tracey and Douglas Sieg
  • Ariele* and Jeffrey Sullivan
  • County of Union
Sponsoring Benefactors ($1,000-2,499)
  • Kimberley and William Artemenko
  • Kathryn Brock**
  • CohnReznick Foundation, Inc
  • Kimberly and Mark DeBois
  • Kristin Ferrara
  • Molly Graepel
  • Ellyn and Michael Greenspan
  • Jennifer Grogan
  • Kay Hallenbeck
  • Laura Hanley and Robby Meijer
  • Lisa Hartmann
  • Mary Hill
  • Ruchi Jain
  • Angela and Larry Johnson
  • Patricia Kaplan
  • Laura Korfmann
  • Julie Lanzone*
  • Amy Liss
  • Josette and John Luciano
  • Tara and Devan Marshall
  • Aloysius McLaughlin
  • The Milnes Family Charitable Fund
  • Annel* Montero-Mitchell and Toby Mitchell
  • Mary Ann** and Craig Moore
  • Lauren and Evan Nisenson
  • Foster S. Osborne, Jr.
  • Betsy Patterson**
  • Kayla** and Richard Pechter
  • Melissa* and Robert Phillips
  • Caitlin and Matthew Porpora
  • Julie and Robert Potack Family Fund
  • Bridget and Glenn Renzulli
  • Lynne Rogerson and James Fleischmann
  • Julia and Scott Ryan
  • Justin and Lee Kellogg Sadrian Foundation
  • Laura and Jeffrey Schaffer
  • Joanne Seelaus
  • Melissa and Anthony Sfarra
  • Laurie Steffa
  • Rev. Dr. Jane A. Tomaine
  • Cindy Toste
  • Terry Virgona
  • Barbara and William Von Klemperer
  • Susan Watts**
  • June* and Robert Wessel
  • Stephanie and Aaron Wilson
Supporting Benefactors ($500-999)
  • Lesley and Manny Andrews
  • Caroline Benton and Michael Hamilton
  • Jennifer Bogut
  • Doreen Bray
  • Alicia and Kevin Broughel
  • Laura and James Buccola
  • Karen Builione
  • Lori Bush
  • Amanda Carlin
  • Oisika Chakrabarti
  • Yon and Joan “Francie” Cho
  • Stacie* and Paul Collins
  • Elizabeth Cox
  • Jennifer Cronin
  • Victoria and Shane De Burca
  • Anne Desilva
  • Nev and David DiPetrillo
  • Judith Farrer
  • Tara Ferris and Mark Negus
  • Brianne Finnegan
  • Jessica and Brian Flynn
  • Monica Foley
  • Jennifer Foxson
  • Julie and Haynes Gallagher
  • Rosemarie and Chuck Gelber
  • Jenny Goyal
  • Max Graeb
  • Helen and John Griffith
  • Melissa Haile-Mariam
  • Jill Hoefs
  • Heidy and Day Ivy
  • Colleen Jeffries
  • Liz Kapp
  • Jennifer Levanchy and Drew Chen
  • Katherine Liu
  • Charles M. and Sandra R. Lizza
  • The Lowenberger Family
  • Candace McNelis
  • Aimee* and William Messer
  • Gina and Greg Michal
  • Modesto Family Fund
  • Lauren and Jim Mozer
  • Quentin and Alicia Murray
  • Sharon and Danny O’Sullivan
  • Katherine Peck
  • Maura and Francis Perier, Jr.
  • Vincent Peszynski
  • Virginia and Thomas Reiner
  • Marité Robinson**
  • Runa and Todd Rosenfield
  • Scott and Julia Ryan
  • Yukiko Shuya and William Thar
  • Teresa Solano
  • Graham Sortino
  • Kelly Sowers
  • Brynne and David Thompson
  • Ronnaug and Mikael Vinje
Benefactors ($250-499)
  • Leslie Adler
  • Cristina and Nick Adragna
  • Linda Allocco
  • Miyoko Balogh
  • Melissa Bartoli
  • Lisa and Joseph Berkery
  • Jill Bernstein
  • Ralph Bianca
  • Greg Bilse
  • Willa and Dave Bomgaars
  • Marlene Boyd
  • Faith and Ted Brancato
  • Laura and Michael Brody
  • David Brooks
  • Barbara Brown
  • Lisa Brzechffa
  • Charles Burgdorff Family
  • Anne and Derek Burke
  • Lesley Calvert
  • Carolyn Carey
  • Winifred* Cavazini
  • Adela Chan
  • Tara Charvat
  • Jenny Chismark
  • Carol and Gilbert Clark
  • Sharon** and Kevin Clark
  • Millie** and Jack Cooper
  • Kevin Counihan
  • Mary and Raymond Courtien
  • Rosemary Dangler
  • Alex Denstman
  • Wei Dierkes
  • Amy and Carmine DiSibio
  • Patricia and William Dolan
  • Winifred and Dennis Donahue
  • Colleen and Wes Donnelly
  • Annette and Terry Dwyer
  • Moona Elsevier
  • Nicole Epps
  • Heidi and Bill Evenson
  • Lizzie Fischbein
  • Natalie Flamme
  • Leslie and Charlie Flax
  • Dorit Gabber
  • Brandalyn Gabel
  • Russell Graham
  • Lisa and Don Grennon
  • Anne Grissinger
  • Ernie Gsell
  • The William and Laura Gump Family Fund
  • Ursula Hartwig-Flint
  • Sherel Hersch
  • Leslie Hille
  • Christine C. Hodde
  • Ameesha Hosmane
  • Grier and Michael Hynes
  • Stella and Sharad Kapur
  • David Karzon
  • Michelle Keller
  • Victoria G. King
  • Alev Kaya and Suresh Kumar
  • Stephen and Kerry Kowitt
  • Marilyn and Lowell Kramme
  • Julie Kumpf
  • Courtney and Chase Kumpf
  • Michele Laroche
  • John Lawlor
  • Deborah and Stephen Leonard
  • Joan Lepselter
  • Margaret Lorenzo
  • Elizabeth and Stow Lovejoy
  • Kristin Lumelleau
  • Nancy MacNiven
  • Elizabeth and Malcom MacPherson
  • Katherine Mah
  • Janet Mangano
  • Virginia Martin
  • Debra McCann
  • Beth McCarter*
  • Judith and Bruce McCumber
  • Cheryl McNally
  • Esther McNulty
  • Leslie McPeek
  • Tertia Moore
  • Bridget Mracek
  • Julie and David Murawski
  • Vidya Murthy and Raghunath Nagabhushan
  • Ellie and Bob Muska
  • Barbara Oberding
  • Elizabeth O’Byrne
  • Stacy** and Matthew O’Connor
  • Jason Olin
  • Patricia O’Neill
  • Marilyn Pfaltz**
  • Stephanie and Jordan Pheibig
  • Andrea Piazza
  • Virginia and William Rapp
  • Karen Rodgers
  • Marisol Rodriguez
  • Barbara and Jorge Rodriguez
  • Joanne Roethlin
  • Eleanor H. and George Ross
  • Selma and Jack Rossen
  • Rebecca Sawyer
  • Patricia and John Schaedel
  • Linda and Chris Seelbach
  • Christine Semcer
  • Lori Sher
  • Susan Siberine
  • Yuet and Christopher Simon
  • Alexis and Pete Sommers
  • Jessica Shaw and Joshua Sturman
  • Laurie Torres-Tang and Frank Tang
  • Claire Toth and David Dietz
  • Peter Upton
  • Alyssa Vazquez
  • Holly Vegter
  • Karen Vitale
  • Jane and Joe Wagner
  • Tammy and Michael Wagner
  • Jane Walbridge
  • Feli Walther
  • Bette Weinheimer
  • Beth and Christopher Welsh
  • Mary Kate and Rob Widdicombe
  • Kathleen Zerweck
  • Joan and Joseph Zielinski
Connection Staff
  • Lesley Andrews
  • Kathleen Barcliffe
  • Anita Beechner
  • Sangeeta Benbow
  • Jennifer Bogut
  • Lesley Calvert
  • Christina Carosella
  • Robert Cashel
  • Charlie Cellini
  • Kathleen Cromie
  • Heather Denges
  • Shelby Effron
  • Moona Elsevier
  • Jessica Fascenelli Weisenbach
  • Paula Fine
  • Wendy Graeb*
  • Jayne Graepel
  • Russell Graham
  • Daniel Howard
  • Sue Hurley
  • Angela Johnson
  • Beverly Johnson**
  • Kelly Klaif
  • Assata A. Knox
  • Michele Laroche
  • Linda Lawton
  • Josette Luciano
  • Nancy MacNiven
  • Leslie McPeek
  • Jocelyn Modesto
  • Ellen Mondelli
  • Frank Neglia
  • Judy Nemiroff
  • Lauren Nisenson
  • Yasmin Ofek
  • Robert “Bob” Ricci
  • Daphne Richards
  • Valerie Ross
  • David Savino
  • Susan Siberine
  • Joan Stefans
  • Michelle Stelluto
  • Yvonne Travers
  • Louise Turner
  • Jane Walbridge
  • Linda Wheeler
  • Tina Whitman**
  • Alyssa Wolfe
*Trustee **Trustee Emerita

Information filed with the Attorney General concerning this charitable solicitation and the percentage of contributions received by the charity during the last reporting period that were dedicated to the charitable purpose may be obtained from the Attorney General of The State of New Jersey by calling (800)242-5846 and is available on the internet at http://www.state.nj.us/lps/ca/charity/chardir.htm. Registration with the Attorney General does not imply endorsement.