SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ - The Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity, which serves Somerset and Hunterdon counties, celebrated its 25th anniversary and its 50th home at its Dream Builders Gala.
The fundraising event was a night of excitement and gratitude when founders, homeowners, staff, board members, volunteer work crews and friends gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of the organization.
The purpose of the organization is to address the issue of providing safe and affordable housing, and in attendance as founders were Terri Canata of Somerville; Fred Howlett of Brick; Della Nemes of Plainsboro; and Kathy and Bill Savo of Bridgewater.
The founders not in attendance were Ralph Blakeslee, James Czinkota, Gary Dewitt, Phyllis Diakos, Frank Dittman, Nancy Dowd, Karen Hanson, Carol Jackson, Lawrence Jadlocki and Leland Schubert.
Rev. Paul Janssen accepted an award for the United Reformed Church where the offices have been located for 25 years.
The organization, according to a release, also honored organizations that have contributed throughout the years, including three Johnson & Johnson operating companies, IT, Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Ethicon and Liberty Corner Presbyterian Church.
Major sponsors of the gala were the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, ADP, Somerset Savings Bank, PSE&G and Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus.
During the event, according to the release, there was a preview of a video donated by JK Design, of Hillsborough, capturing the home building process, family journeys and the community coming together for a purpose.