Giving Back

Press Releases

Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity Plans September Gala


BASKING RIDGE, NJ - Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity is inviting the community to help celebrate two generous firms at their Dream Builders Gala in September, according to a release. 

The gala will be held Sept. 28 at the Basking Ridge Country Club. It will include live music, dinner, dancing and a silent auction. For sponsorship information, visit, or call 908-704-0016, ext. 18.

The group will be honoring the law office of DiFrancesco, Bateman, Kunzman, Davis, Lehrer & Flaum, P.C., which is celebrating its 100th anniversary, and the architectural firm of The Auld Partnership for countless hours of donated professional services.

Sign Up for E-News

“We could not have achieved our tremendous milestones without the support of these caring and loyal partners,” Han Holmstrup, RVHFH executive director, said in the release. “It’s important to us to recognize their contributions to providing the dignity of homeownership to over 50 families in Somerset and Hunterdon counties.

“The firm of DiFrancesco Bateman continues to play an integral role in our ability to obtain properties on which to build affordable homes, including handling titles and closings, variances and land use issues,” Holmstrup added. “The Auld Partnership has worked with us for nearly 20 years and has designed homes for 25 families. They are always willing to make revisions and adjustments to the designs as needed and do whatever it takes to help us build a great home.”

The attorneys, the release said, provide legal services to businesses, public entities and individuals throughout New Jersey and the Metropolitan area. Raritan Valley Habitat will also recognize the personal contributions of principals, partners and members of the firm, Jeffrey B. Lehrer, Esq., Richard R. Ahsler, Esq., Susan F. Bateman, Esq. and Maggie Eppler, legal assistant.

“The firm has a long history of support for non-profit organizations and Habitat is one close to the heart of many of our staff and attorneys,” Stephen O. Davis, Esq., managing partner, said in the release.

The Auld Partnership, the release said, values the social and ecological impact of the built environment and brings that philosophy to its clients. They produce successfully designed, environmentally sustainable, high performance buildings aimed at providing high quality experiential benefits to its inhabitants.

The partnership handles projects like single and multi-family residential, commercial office buildings, medical arts facilities, industrial units, retail buildings and interiors and sports facilities.

Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity has built 50 homes in over 25 years.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Basking Ridge

New DMV Facility in South Plainfield Should Ease Crunch in Somerville

April 23, 2018


SOMERVILLE, NJ  - B. Sue Fulton is just beginning to find her away around her new office in Trenton , but the newly-sworn director of the Department of Motor Vehicles found her way to Somerville Saturday at the invitation of state Sen. Christopher Kip Bateman for a visit to the local DMV office on Roosevelt Place which has been causing headaches for neighborhood residents.

She ...

Travels Spotlight - New Brunswick Ciclovia opens 2018 Season

April 18, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK  – New Brunswick Ciclovia will open its 2018 season on Sunday, April 22 for another fun day of open streets and active living for all. 

Now in its fifth year, New Brunswick Ciclovia is a family-friendly event that emphasizes healthy living and community building by opening our streets and offering programming for all to enjoy. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., more ...

Our House 4 Miler Returns With USATF Championship Status

April 24, 2018

Our House Foundation will hold its 19th Annual Our House 4 Mile Run and 2 Mile Walk on the Village Green in Summit on May 19. This year, the 4 Mile Run is a USATF All Division Championship, offering USATF runners 700 points! The race welcomes elite athletes, the casual runner, and anyone looking to make a difference by supporting adults with disabilities!

Top Sponsors include Hope Autism ...