Giving Back

Proceeds From Home For Good Dog Rescue 'Taste of Italy' Fundraiser Help Find Forever Homes for Rescued Dogs

657a1098094758521bf6_94D2B8C2-7340-458B-9795-BA3D37113809.jpeg
Maureen Magnani of New Providence is kissed by Ariel, one of the official four-footed kissers in the Kissing Booth at the annual Home For Good Dog Rescue 'Taste of Italy' fundraiser. Credits: Barbara Rybolt
0d1af890deebcfee896a_BB2990A8-F82F-4937-91FB-F35D1F7CA7A4.jpeg
Alexa of Millington is ready for a kiss from Ariel, one of the official four-footed kissers in the Kissing Booth at the annual Home For Good Dog Rescue 'Taste of Italy' fundraiser. Credits: Barbara Rybolt
6193c29f342a28c65e56_6BF3C24E-6E7F-4F2A-85F7-993D021E0214.jpeg
Kathy Zerweck of Summit, the head of the Tricky Tray portion of the 'Taste of Italy' fundraiser popped in for a quick kiss from Ariel, before heading back to work on the event. Credits: Barbara Rybolt
edc44870adcf4afdb536_CFC632DF-A63E-4A53-A34D-537581C659AC.jpeg
Volunteer Caroline Cariddi of Short Hills worked with Ariel in the Kissing Booth at the annual Home For Good Dog Rescue 'Taste of Italy' fundraiser on Saturday, March 3. Credits: Barbara Rybolt
1901f29b388cfca7803d_40371074-0126-4030-975D-21B9E50D589A.jpeg
Credits: Barbara Rybolt
011a7c49bc4d3a88bd4c_FA29C769-2B12-4371-8724-807B6FFCFC9D.jpeg
Jill Pall, the director of development of Home for Good Dog Rescue, holds Porter, who when first rescued had 'failure to thrive.' Now Porter is ready to find his forever family. Credits: Barbara Rybolt
99295e08f791fc54c135_4402DB71-3607-4574-A48D-47C7A04101F6.jpeg
Credits: Barbara Rybolt
2670457c15d5efe3ae85_521C350B-4CC4-4B03-AA64-5022BAF2B493.jpeg
Credits: Barbara Rybolt
0465338a63c6a5274dd7_83FF8695-9FEC-4E21-870D-DB052F95139A.jpeg
Credits: Barbara Rybolt
657a1098094758521bf6_94D2B8C2-7340-458B-9795-BA3D37113809.jpeg

LONG HILL TWP., NJ – The busiest spot at Saturday night’s Home For Good Dog Rescue’s fundraiser was the kissing booth! Guests of all ages lined up to pay $1 to be kissed…by a puppy!

This was the ninth year of the “Taste of Italy” spaghetti and meatballs dinner and tricky tray fund-raiser and each year is a bit more fun and the baskets more numerous and grand than the last, if that’s even possible. 

More than 100 prize baskets lined the walls of the Long Hill Community Center and the line to check out each and every basket was long. In one corner of the room, puppies kept volunteers and guests busy as they waited their turn in the kissing booth. After guests checked out the baskets, and placed their tickets in the properly numbered bag, they chose a spot at a table and chatted with friends.

Sign Up for E-News

Not only is the event fun, the money it raises helps the 100-percent foster-based non-profit 501(c)(3) dog rescue established in 2010 in Summit, with offices in Berkeley Heights. The organization rescues homeless dogs from high-kill shelters in the South, which have so many unwanted dogs the dogs are on the brink of being euthanized.

Once rescued, the dogs are socialized, cared for, and, when necessary, provided life-saving medical care at the Home For Good Dog Rescue property in Aiken, S.C. When they are ready, the group brings the dogs to Berkeley Heights, where a network of foster families takes care of them as they wait to be adopted. In the last eight years, the organization has saved nearly 6,000 dogs and puppies from euthanasia.

Dinner this year was sponsored by Meatball Obsession Plus, 41 Halsey St., Newark . The gold-level multi-event sponsor was Westfield Veterinary Group.

Silver-level sponsor was Roy Morance and bronze-level sponsors were Mundi Westport Group, Schechner Lifson Corporation, Laura DeCotiis, Schembre and Gannon, and Smoothie King in Summit.

For more information on how to adopt or foster a dog, visit www.HomeforGoodDogs.org.

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

New Providence

Host an International Exchange Student

May 21, 2018

EF High School Exchange Year announces annual search for student exchange host families in communities across the New Jersey

EF High School Exchange Year—a division of EF Education First, the World Leader in International Education—has kicked off its annual nationwide search for caring host families to welcome exchange students into their homes. Last year EF connected over 3,000 ...

Berkeley Heights Community Pool Set to Open May 26!

Tired of the rain and ready for the sun? We sure are! The Berkeley Heights Community Pool at the YMCA is slated to open during the upcoming Memorial Day weekend on May 26! With only one month until summer starts, swimmers can get a headstart jump into the pool during our pre-season opening! 

Join the Berkeley Heights Community Pool at the YMCA today—there are no joining fees, and ...

Mountain Ridge Bible Chapel Presents Special Women’s program

 

Mountain Ridge Bible Chapel, 763 Mountain Avenue, Berkeley Heights, is very pleased to host a unique free seminar for women on Saturday June 2, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

The speaker will be Doctor Ruth Schwertfeger of Brookfield, Wisconsin. Ruth was born in Northern Ireland, is a retired Professor at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  She speaks several languages, and ...

Fallout Continues from Lawsuit Against Mountainside; Police Chief on Administrative Leave

May 19, 2018

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Police Chief Allan Attanasio is the latest member of the police department to suffer repercussions from a complaint filed against the borough on May 11.  Attanasio, who is not named as a defendant in the lawsuit, was “placed on administrative leave,” on Thursday by Borough Administrator and former Police Chief James Debbie, said  Lt. Joseph ...

Video Shows School Board Member In Altercation With Police at Traffic Stop in South Orange

May 16, 2018

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - South Orange Maplewood School Board Member Stephanie Lawson-Muhammad got into an altercation with a South Orange police officer who stopped her for speeding last month, in which she used profanity, complained when she was issued a ticket and called South Orange Police Chief Kyle Kroll “a skinhead cop.”

Lawson-Muhammad also appeared to suggest that she would ...

Coach Bottone Tribute

May 19, 2018

2017 Pioneer football players took on a tall task of filling a lot of open spots with not many returning players. We had 30 kids on our football team who all wanted to be there. With a new head coach who just came on board in late April, we had a lot of things to do without much time. Most people would say being on a 1-9 football team would be no fun and, at times, it wasn’t, but it was the ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_3c7abbb40c05a3108a26_yoga_stretch

Mon, May 21, 11:00 AM

Providence Health and Fitness, New Providence

Hath Yoga Flow

Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_e7f53aa67b8e7cb310c5_vinyasaclass

Mon, May 21, 7:00 PM

Providence Health and Fitness, New Providence

Alignment Based Vinyasa

Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_d95868a30ee9ef39c254_lwv_pr_2018_marijuana_flyer_for__nptv

Mon, May 21, 7:30 PM

New Providence

Marijuana: Decriminalize? Legalize?

Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_3c7abbb40c05a3108a26_yoga_stretch

Tue, May 22, 9:15 AM

Providence Health and Fitness, New Providence

Essential Hatha Yoga

Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_3c7abbb40c05a3108a26_yoga_stretch

Tue, May 22, 9:15 AM

Providence Health and Fitness, New Providence

Essential Hatha Yoga

Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_a4801a3d56342db1596a_pilates_reformer

Tue, May 22, 9:30 AM

Providence Health and Fitness, New Providence

Pilates Reformer

Health & Wellness