MADISON, NJ - The Covenant House Auxiliary of Morris County raised $70,000 for Covenant House New Jersey at their 35th annual fall benefit, “Party at the Pond”, on Saturday, September 29th.

With a gentle fall breeze in the air, twinkling lights reflecting off Noe Pond, and towering autumnal floral centerpieces, the event attracted 150 guests to the late September gala. The familiar tunes of Madison’s Rosewood Band and friendly conversation quieted when a young man named Matthew courageously took the microphone and shared his life story. Matthew is one of the many success stories that Covenant House is proud to share.

Matthew lost his biological parents at a very young age and was raised in a stifling and often frightening environment by his adoptive family. He told of a lifetime of upsets and struggles, until he found a safe haven at Covenant House in Newark. Once surrounded by love and encouragement, Matthew could focus on his talent as an artist and thrive as he developed his natural gift. Matthew gradually moved through all of the programs at Covenant House and currently lives independently. He was happy to share the news that his art was selected to grace a magazine cover and he is now certain of a future career as an artist. Auxiliary president, Michele Carey commented, “It is these triumphant stories, like Matthew’s, that fuel our efforts and passion to support Covenant House and the life-changing work they do every day of the year.”

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Each year, Covenant House New Jersey shelters 2000 homeless and at-risk youth between the ages of 18-21, by first responding to their immediate and basic needs of food, shelter, clothing, and healthcare; and then, by giving them the support they need to become self-sufficient and independent young adults. Like Matthew, these young adults finally find the family, love, security and guidance they so desperately need at Covenant House. The non-profit organization has statewide residential programs that offer education, vocation, medical, and legal services to the young people who walk through their doors.

The $70,000 that was raised for Covenant House includes the generous support of title sponsor, ETF Managers Group/Sam Masucci, as well as, additional sponsors: Beautycounter by Michele Carey, Dr. Robert Rosen Orthodontics, Foley CAT/Jamie Foley, Lanca Sales/The Haralampoudis Family, SJ Home/Sarah Fuchsman Bradley & Jill Goret, Main Street Wine Cellars/Amrish Vakil, ShopRite Village Super Markets, Air Group, Wexford Custom Renovations & Homes, MACRO Consulting Group/Nick Spagnoletti, SVM Construction/Steve Morrell, Liquidnet, Boyd Eckhardt Homes/Kathleen Boyd & Marybeth Eckhardt, Madison Brokerage, Sanford Insurance Group/Bruce Sanford, Davino Family Foundation, Noe Pond Club, Tivoli Creative Design Studio, Harvest Bistro, Kerry Patel Designs, Command Financial Printing/The Penders Family, Flowers from Hannah, and the Rosewood Band.

Event guest and title sponsor, Sam Masucci of EFT Managers Group, commented, “Covenant House gives these kids a chance at a life they wouldn’t have otherwise. It’s a great thing to see so many people come together to support the good work of Covenant House.”

In addition to the annual fall benefit, the Covenant House Auxiliary of Morris County hosts a Baby Shower each May for the young, formerly homeless mothers and their babies, who now reside in the Covenant House “Raphael Life House” in Elizabeth. At Halloween, their families carve jack-o-lanterns with the Covenant House Newark residents; and in early December, the group visits the Newark center to deck their halls for Christmas. The auxiliary is made up of 30 women from Madison, Chatham, Florham Park, Morristown and Harding Township and continues the work started 35 years ago.

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