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Holmdel Couple to be Honored With the Humanitarian Service Award at Hope For Children Foundation Holiday Mix Mingle and Jingle at Bell Works

Honorees Phyllis and Carmine Visone
Hope for Children Executive Board
The Wine Academy Display Credits: The Wine Academy
The Wine Academy Display Credits: The Wine Academy
HFCF Honorees Michael and Tiffanie Salerno Credits: HFCF

HOLMDEL, NJ:   Phyllis and Carmine Visone of Holmdel, will be honored with the Humanitarian Service Award at the December 2nd, Hope for Children Foundation (HFCF)  Holiday Mix, Mingle and Jingle, at Bell Works from 7:30pm-11:30pm.  The event is a wonderful opportunity to kick off the holiday season while raising funds for those in need right in our community.  Co-founder of HFCF, Eric Hinds says, “It is truly an honor for HFCF to have great supporters like Phyllis and Carmine Visone. They are pillars in our community, whose philanthropic efforts are in line with the mission of HFCF. Everyone who knows Phyllis and Carmine speak of their unyielding public service, especially to the children in our community. It is a privilege for us to honor the Visone’s.” 

Guests at the event will enjoy catered hors d’oeuvres and food stations from the award winning David Ellis Events, 180-240+ varieties of premium liquor and beer donated by The Wine Academy, a handcrafted cigar station, a dance floor with a DJ, and various live entertainers. Don’t miss this perfect Holiday kick-off in Holmdel’s new ‘metroburb’—Bell Works. Tickets are only $200 per person and there are also exiting sponsorship opportunities available. Register online today at  before it’s sold out! 

If you cannot make the event you can still participate with a sponsorship or donation. A 12 Nights of Giving Raffle promises to be the biggest yet, as HFCF helps 12 deserving families in need with the 50% of monies collected, with 12 winners receiving the remaining 50% in cash! As previously announced additional honorees for the event will be perennial supporters of HFCF; Michael and Tiffanie Salerno whose years of commitment to HFCF has made an immeasurable positive impact in our communities. 

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More information about Phyllis and Carmine Visone: Over 20 years ago Phyllis and Carmine Visone began what is now one of the most prestigious private schools in the Monmouth County area; Home Away From Home Academy.  The accredited private school is located on Route 34, Aberdeen, and serves infants through second grade children.  Needless to say this school is their pride and joy, and it is exemplified each and every day through their hands-on approach.  Phyllis and Carmine are published authors of, “The Visone Method: A New Philosophy in Early Childhood Education”.  This documented philosophy of education benefits young children, parents, and educators, as it considers the ‘whole child’ at every turn.  Carmine has also been elected as Chairman of the Aberdeen Township Economic Business Council, and has been serving on this board for over seven years. If you attend Saint Catharine's Church in Holmdel, you will probably recognize the Visone's as Carmine is a weekly usher usually at the 12:30 mass.  

Phyllis and Carmine have been acknowledged as top fundraisers by many organizations.  They have conducted food drives for the Monmouth County Food Bank, toy drives for Holiday Express, and the Hope for Children Foundation, and clothing drives for Cinderella’s Closet.   Collectively through galas, hop-a-thons, and fashion shows, they have raised over one million dollars for the Muscular Dystrophy Association over the span of 15 years.  They have also been past Humanitarian Award Winners through the MDA of Monmouth and Ocean Counties.  Most recently they continued their fight against neuromuscular disease with a special fundraiser to benefit the Jersey Shore University Medical Center ALS Clinic.  They are humbled and honored to receive recognition for their charitable efforts, as for them, this is work that comes directly from the heart in order to aid others.  Phyllis and Carmine have three grown married children, and are the proud grandparents of eight grandchildren.  They reside in Holmdel, NJ.

About Hope For Children Foundation: HFCF was formed over 12 years ago by Co-Founders; Eric and Karen Hinds, MaryBeth Waltz and Steve Coltrain, who along with a very special group of their friends decided to create a foundation to raise funds with the mission to help children and their families in Monmouth County, in a variety of ways. The simple mission is ‘to help any child that is in need.’ To date HFCF has raised over $2.5 million dollars, and as a volunteer based charity, every dime raised has gone right back into the community to help children in need and their families.  A few examples among many of how HFCF is helping others in our community is most recently pledging $25,000 to Family Promise for the Hope for Children Rescue Room at their new day center located at Fort Monmouth, which will help homeless children and their families get back on their feet, refurnishing and providing infotainment systems to all pediatric rooms at KHOV Children’s Hospital, funding Monmouth Medical Center for two dedicated pediatric ER rooms, helping to build a kitchen at Impact Oasis’s day farm, funded a playground at a local school, helped rebuild homes for Sandy victims through Habitat for Humanity and provided match sponsorships for Big Brothers Big Sisters.  HFCF has made countless sponsorships through local non-profits to support fundraisers they host, many dedicated to raise money to help children with pediatric cancer and blood disorders.  For more information about Hope for Children visit their website at




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