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Northfield Bank Helps Local Child Through Westfield United Fund and Chamber of Commerce

Stephanie Branna, Deirdre Gelinne, Maria Fuentes, Northfield Bank and Gene Jannotti. Credits: Mark De Hanes

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Greater Westfield Area of Commerce made its second Wish List Program “match” on June 12. The program matches member businesses with non-profit organizations that need help. This month, Westfield United Fund had its “wish” granted by Northfield Bank, which donated money to be used to help a local child who has suffered from domestic abuse through the YWCA's PALS program.

The YWCA is one 20 local human-care agencies that the WUF helps.

 “The Westfield United Fund is committed to helping people in our area who need care and social services,” WUF Executive Director Deirdre Gelinne said. “We are a stand-alone, grass-roots organization working to identify and meet the most critical needs in our community.”

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Northfield Bank is excited to be part of the Wish List Program, according to Maria Fuentes , chairman of the GWACC and vice president, regional manager central for Northfield Bank.

“Northfield is committed to helping local community organizations and is proud to lend our support to the Westfield United Fund,” Fuentes said. “We salute the Westfield United Fund for their tireless work and dedication to the community.”   

 “I am grateful to Northfield Bank for this generous donation,” Gelinne said. “I would also like to thank the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce, and Stephanie Branna in particular, for creating the ‘Wish List’ program so that businesses and non-profits can partner to support people in need in our community.”

Branna, who chairs the GWACC Nonprofit Committee asked other businesses to help keep the program going.

“We are looking for another business to step up and grant the next wish,” Branna said.

For more information about the Wish List program, contact Branna at

The GWACC serves Westfield, Garwood, Mountainside, Scotch Plains and Fanwood.

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