SUMMIT, NJ - Hilltop City residents Christine and Scott Hayward and Summit-based nonprofit Bridges Outreach will be honored at Reeves-Reed Arboretum's (RRA) annual garden party and fundraiser, 'ART in the Garden', set for June 10, from 6 - 10 p.m.

The Haywards will be honored in recognition of "their passionate and unwavering commitment to Reeves-Reed Arboretum." Scott Hayward has served as a Trustee for RRA and a past Board President, and has long been active in identifying and strengthening the mission and vision of the Arboretum. 

As the CEO of Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo & Co., and with a primary and strategic focus on climate change, Scott Hayward marries his passion for the environment with investment innovation. He also serves on the boards at Newark Academy, humanitarian organization 'Give To The World', and as an adviser to the Quiet Revolution.

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A former Trustee of the Summit Educational Foundation, the Lincoln Hubbard Parent-Teacher Organization, and Prospect Cooperative Nursery School, Christine Hayward is currently active on the Board of Kent Place School and a long-time volunteer for Meals on Wheels and the Corpus Christi Church.

Together, the Haywards are members of the St. Barnabas NICU Miracle Walk Advisory Committee, and share a deep passion for social justice, outdoor life, art, music, friends and. especially. family.

Launched in 1988, Bridges Outreach's mission is to connect the housed and homeless to establish relationships that lead to greater acceptance and understanding. More than 2,000 volunteers each year deliver 65,000 brown bag meals, 10,000 pairs of socks and underwear, 7,500 toiletry kits, 49,000 cups of soup, and literally tons of donated clothing to over 21,000 people in New York City, Newark and Irvington. Bridges also provides case management services at St. John’s Soup Kitchen in Newark, opens its doors to Summit 'Neighbors in Need' every Friday, and provide new backpacks and school supplies for more than 1,000 children eligible for free and reduced lunch in Summit and to sheltered children in Newark and Irvington.

Using horticulture and nature to help people seeking second-chance opportunities, this year RRA will partner with Bridges Outreach to launch a pilot ‘job readiness’ program to help train vetted homeless candidates in basic gardening and facilities management skills -- with job interviews and potential placement as the ultimate goal.

Tickets for 'ART in the Garden' are available by visiting 501auctions.com.