SUMMIT, NJ - In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic just two months ago, Summit's Other Fellow First Foundation invited the Hilltop City's residents to again demonstrate why Summit is a special community, asking them and their neighbors to match or surpass a $25,000 challenge gift.

As it has done countless times, Summit delivered, joining in a trio of fun fundraising initiatives that benefited five vital hometown agencies -- SAGE Eldercare's 'Meals on Wheels', the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad, St. Teresa's Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry, GRACE, and Summit Helping its People (SHIP).

The first effort was a Front Porch Family Photo opportunity wherein Peter Kleinschmidt of Summit's Peter Wallburg Studios traveled around the 07901 taking appropriately socially-distant family photos posed at the entrance to their homes.

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Then came a bumper sticker incentive that encouraged folks to patronize Summit eateries during the stay-at-home order by, themselves, ordering take-out, and the final program was a challenge to create a video showcasing their family's unique talents.

The campaigns combined to exceed the matching amount by almost a factor of two, resulting in the following gifts:

SAGE Eldercare 'Meals on Wheels' - $25,000

Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad - $25,000

GRACE - $8,333

St. Teresa's Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry - $8,333

SHIP - $8,333

Other Fellow First Foundation Trustees Jim Greberis, Jordan Glatt, Neale Trangucci, Courtney Zanelli, Dave Haire, Jamie Haire and Brett Haire would like to thank Summit-area residents for responding so generously to its call for help.  No community is immune from exogenous threats like the virus. However, as Summit has shown time and again, a community can control how it responds to a challenge, rising to the occasion and generously displaying compassion for its fellow citizens.   

In short, keeping UNITY in CommUNITY.