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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.

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“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.

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