SUMMIT, NJ - Summit-based national nonprofit Family Promise, whose mission is to address the crisis of family homelessness, recently held its first-ever national 'Giving Day', which engaged its friends and supporters to raise money to benefit families facing a housing crisis.

Close to 100 Family Promise affiliates across the country participated in the one-day online event, which raised more than $500,000. 

Culminating the day was an evening celebration gala -- entitled 'Night of Giving' -- at Summit House. The event was sponsored by more than a dozen local and national organizations, including 20 Gates, Belk, Hardman Johnston Global Advisors, and the Barer Family Foundation.

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“Our goal with Giving Day was not only to raise money for families in need, but to raise awareness of a  crisis that affects one in 19 children in this country,” said Family Promise Chief Impact Officer Cara Bradshaw. “We want every child to have hope for the future, and this happens when families have support, stability, and the opportunity to develop the tools and skills necessary to achieve lasting independence.” 

The restaurant closed it doors for the event and kicked off the evening with creative American fare and specialty cocktails crafted for the occasion. Music by local DJ Declan Ryan set the mood and enticed guests onto the dance floor. 

“We appreciate opportunities like this to collaborate with local businesses for a good cause,” says Corina Borg, Family Promise manager of special events. “Family Promise is all about community, and partnerships like this solidify those relationships.” 

Founded in Summit more than three decades ago, Family Promise has more than 200 Affiliates in communities across the country. The organization has served nearly one million family members since its founding and engages 200,000 volunteers.