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Celebrate New Jersey at Earth-Friendly Auction and Wine Tasting; EarthShare Benefit to Help Raise Funds for the Environment

EarthShare New Jersey (ESNJ) is celebrating the beauty and bounty of New Jersey as part of their 4th annual EarthShare Celebrates NJ event. The festivities feature wine tasting, art in nature exhibit, and an "Experience New Jersey" auction. It will take place at the Laurita Winery in New Egypt, NJ, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, March 26. Twenty-four of the state's most respected environmental organizations, all members of ESNJ, join in hosting this event, which will feature exciting auctions of environmentally friendly experiences and merchandise.

Event Sponsors EarthShare greatly appreciates and extends its heartfelt thanks to this year's Event Sponsors. The Garden State sponsor for this year's event is Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation. According to Emanuel Chirico, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation, "Phillips- Van Heusen has a strong and long-standing partnership with EarthShare New Jersey. We believe that it is our duty to be a good corporate citizen in the places that we conduct business and recognize that part of this obligation is to support sustainability and other environmental and conservation initiatives." PVH associates in their Bridgewater facility and at their many New Jersey retail outlet stores are long time supporters of EarthShare and will join in celebrating New Jersey during this special event."

Founding Sponsor NJ Natural Gas, one of the fastest-growing local distribution companies in the United States, has been a partner since 2007. "Joining EarthShare to support New Jersey's environmental and conservation charities was the next logical step for New Jersey Natural Gas," said Laurence M. Downes, chairman and CEO. "Our goal of reducing our carbon footprint 20 percent by 2020 and the actions we are taking to achieve that goal align with those in the EarthShare network, as well as our customers, community and state." PSEG, a long time supporter of New Jersey's environmental organizations, has joined the corporate leadership hosting the festivities this year as the Reception Sponsor. Other hosts for the evening include iCIMS, NJ American Water and Atlantic City Electric. Without the support of these corporate leaders tonight and throughout the year, EarthShare New Jersey members might not be able to offer many of the programs and services that New Jerseyans enjoy. From Beach Sweeps to educational seminars, these corporate leaders work year round to demonstrate their environmental stewardship and commitment to a cleaner and healthier New Jersey. Award Winning Wine, Art Exhibit and Live Jazz Wine connoisseurs can enjoy award-winning wine from the Laurita Winery, at their amazing facility. As the premier "green" winery in the state, Laurita takes great pride in the fact that 60% of the facility is from reclaimed sources including the Cherry Hill Race Track, barns across Monmouth and Ocean County, a convent, and Trenton school houses.

Blackwell's Organic Gelato of Red Bank will tempt your sweet tooth with tasty gelato. Ducky Life Teas of Asbury Park will offer samplings of teas, including Doreen's Classical Green Chai of which 10% of its proceeds support ESNJ. The Art in Nature exhibit this year will feature the works of five artists from across the state with images that reach from the Highlands, Pinelands, and wetlands. Bryan Duggan, of Middlesex, has an eye that can capture the simplest, yet most amazing elements of nature. Adrienne Imbimbo, of Lakewood, is a talented photographer with a diverse portfolio of New Jersey's shore line and more. James Fiorentino, a world renowned portrait painter from Flemington, has a passion for birds of prey and is featuring some of his favorite pieces during the exhibit. James Ferrier, of Avon, has a brush that reveals the beauty all around some of the most well known locations in Monmouth and Ocean counties. Steven Schrenk, of Long Branch, is a talented stone sculptor whose work, inspired by nature's forms and movement, is exhibited in private residences and businesses across the NY/NJ region. All of the art work will be available for purchase with a percentage donated to support EarthShare New Jersey. The evening wouldn't be complete without music. Live entertainment will be provided by Stringzville, a jazz band from the Hopewell area, for the fourth year. The band has been a long supporter of environmental organizations across the state and is thrilled to be back again at EarthShare Celebrates New Jersey.

Experience New Jersey Auction

"During the New Jersey-themed chance and silent auctions, we will showcase items and experiences donated by our members," says ESNJ Executive Director Paula Aldarelli. With more than 60 items there is something for everyone! Among the special items are exclusive environmental excursions including an Osprey banding, guided kayak tours through the Cape May Wetlands or Hackensack watershed, sports memorabilia from New Jersey's professional football, baseball, basketball, soccer and hockey teams as well as concert and theatre tickets. The variety of items offers something for everyone and no one goes home disappointed.

Tickets

Tickets cost $40 per person. They may be purchased by cash, check or credit card at www.earthsharenj.org or contact the office at (609) 989-1160 for more information. Advance reservations are recommended, as tickets purchased at the door will be $50.

About EarthShare New Jersey

EarthShare New Jersey (www.earthsharenj.org) was founded in 1994 when 16 of the state's leading environmental organizations joined forces to raise funds through workplace contribution programs. The organization now provides funds to more than 60 local and national environmental groups and has raised more than $3.8 million over the past 16 years in employee contributions from over 80 workplaces across New Jersey and the USA. More information about who our members are is available at www.earthsharenj.org.

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