Proceeds raised will go to further fund efforts in local gardening and farming, fresh produce donations, and community education on healthy eating and environmental stewardship.
MORRISTOWN, NJ — Despite rain and hail, over 200 people attended the 6th Annual Diamonds for Kale Gala on April 28, 2018, in support of Grow It Green Morristown, a nonprofit focused on making fresh, local food and outdoor green spaces accessible to the greater Morristown community. The gala, which moved to The Seeing Eye this year, grossed over $47,000 – surpassing funds raised in previous years. Additionally, the organization was presented with a check for $25,000 from Kings Food Market as part of its Act Against Hunger Initiative. Funds raised make up a large part of the nonprofit’s annual revenue and will go to help further efforts in local gardening and farming, fresh produce donations, and community education on healthy eating and environmental stewardship.
Honored at this year’s event was The Hampshire Companies, a real estate company dedicated to sustainability, who received the Corporate Partner of the Year Award. Shane Rensmon, Senior Development Manager accepted the award in recognition of Hampshire’s support of the teaching garden and volunteer efforts at the Urban Farm. Grow It Green also honored Emma Farwell with the Outstanding Service Award for her dedication and volunteerism at the Urban Farm, helping with plantings and harvesting, managing volunteer groups, as well as tending to the farm stand. The award presentations wrapped up with a heartfelt presentation by Grow It Green co-founders, Samantha Rothman and Myra Bowie McCready to Carolle Huber, former board member and fellow co-founder. Huber has been with the organization since the beginning and most recently, led the redesign and orchestrated improvements to the Early Street Community Garden.
The festive evening featured local, artisan eats, courtesy of Ome Caterers and the Artist Baker, as well as delectable wines from Cambridge Wines, local craft brewed beer from Man Skirt Brewing, and signature cocktails featuring vodka from local Claremont Distillery. Live jazz music by the Copacetic Clams filled the room as guests enjoyed lively conversation, got their caricatures drawn by caricaturist My Funny Side, and participated in the tricky tray and silent auction featuring unique offerings from local businesses. Cheery volunteers, dressed as a Pea and a Carrot, also worked the room accepting donations toward Grow It Green’s produce donation program.
“This year’s gala exceeded our expectations! It was wonderful to see so many old and new friends in the community come together for a cause for which we are all passionate. It is through the support and generosity of our greater community that allows us to further our mission in making fresh, local food accessible to all,” says Erica Colace, Grow It Green Morristown executive director.
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