Foundation awards $51K in 3Q 2015

November, 2015

Westfield – The Westfield Foundation is pleased to announce the board awarded $51,300 in grants to 6 worthwhile local organizations. These grants will be used to train crisis hotline volunteers, stock a food pantry with groceries for families coping with pediatric cancer, to underwrite 4 outreach ensemble concerts and 2 L.I.F.E. courses at the Westfield Senior Citizens Housing, to expand a career launch program for area youth and to support advocates for at-risk children.

Since the Foundation’s inception, over $ 6 million has been granted to local organizations from the income earned on the Foundation’s investments.

This quarter’s recipients include: CONTACT We Care, a volunteer-staffed crisis hotline serving Central and Northern New Jersey; Boys & Girls Club of Union County, a club providing a safe haven, with academic enrichment and recreational activities for youth ages five to 18; Emmanuel Cancer Foundation, an agency providing such services as professional in-home counseling, material support such as food, clothing, and household items, advocacy on behalf of families and emergency financial relief to any New Jersey family facing the challenges of caring for a child with cancer; NJ Intergenerational Orchestra which provides orchestral education to musicians of all ages, including full orchestral concerts and outreach performances; Union County College Foundation which provides support for scholarships, equipment, facilities and academic programs; and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Union County which recruits, trains and supervises community volunteers to act as advocates for children who may have been removed from their homes due to neglect or abuse.

Money to support the Foundation’s grants has been and continues to be provided solely by concerned and caring community residents.

Westfield Foundation Supports Boys & Girls Club of Union

October 9, 2015

Union, NJ  — Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County received a grant award from The Westfield Foundation of $20,000 to support their expanded Career Launch Program.  Elizabeth Chance, Executive Director of The Westfield Foundation, along with Trustees Darielle Walsh and Claudia Andreski, visited the Union Club to present the award to Russell Triolo, CEO.  Support from The Westfield Foundation will allow Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County to continue offering expanded services Career Launch services to teens as they prepare for higher education and ultimately, their future in the workforce.

“Our partnership with The Westfield Foundation reaches beyond our Clubs,”stated Russell Triolo, Chief Executive Officer. “The expanded Career Launch program provides our teens with additional resources and access to tools and professionals that will give them an advantage as they enter college and the workforce. Their generous support allows us to reach more teens in our communities and bring the program to middle school members as well.”

Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County offers Career Launch as part of teen programs.  Teens are introduced to a variety of aspects of career and higher education preparation, including preparing resumes, college entrance applications, essays, researching colleges and universities, interview preparation, and meeting career mentors.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County is celebrating 60 years of changing lives in Union County!  Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County offers youth programs in 5 communities in Union County: Plainfield, Elizabeth, Union, Hillside and Roselle.  Teen leadership programs for ages 14-18 are available in Union, Elizabeth and Plainfield.  Members participate in character, leadership, career preparation and community service activities throughout the year.  Aquatics is available at our Union Club.  For information on our clubs and programs, please visit our website or contact us 908-687-2697.

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(l to r): Russell Triolo, CEO Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County; Elizabeth Chance, Executive Director, and Trustees Darielle Walsh and Claudia Andreski. (10/15)

Foundation announces 2015 Scholarship Winners

Westfield – The Westfield Foundation is pleased to announce this year’s recipients of the Clarence H. and Florence H. Van Dellen Memorial Scholarship.   James Hunter and Olivia Windorf will each receive $5,000 per year for four years.  This young man and young woman were selected based upon multiple criteria including academic achievement, extracurricular activities, community service, and financial need. Applicants are screened by the Westfield High School guidance department and selected by the Westfield Foundation scholarship committee.

1-10432101_624038261055651_8117016752483207666_nJames Hunter is an accomplished student and athlete. James played on Varsity Football and Lacrosse at Westfield High School, as well as volunteered as a referee for PAL football teams. He is actively involved in St. Helen’s Church as a youth and peer minister. At WHS, he was a senior facilitator in “The Guy Thing” at Westfield High School. This program provides advice for underclassmen on the social aspects of high school. Academically, he is an honor roll student and member of the National Honor Society. James will be attending the College of New Jersey in the fall.

1-Olivia windorf grad photo 2015Olivia Windorf is a conscientious student at Westfield High School, a member of the National Honor Society and National Spanish Honor Society, as well as an AP scholar with honor.   As a member of the school’s Community Service Club, Olivia headed various fundraising projects. Ms. Windorf participated in a Medical Mentoring Program at Trinitas Regional Medical Center as well volunteering at Children’s Specialized Hospital, Tutor Connections through Education and the Elizabeth Coalition for the Homeless. Olivia will be attending The College of William and Mary in the fall.


The Westfield Rotary’s Scholarship Committee also administers several scholarships on behalf of the community-based Westfield Foundation.

Two top scholarships were awarded in memory of Charles and Florence Wallace totaling $15,000 each to be paid over the course of four years. The recipients are Norna Jules, who will attend Delaware State University and Maya Mortiz, who will be attending the University of St. Andrews and the College of William and Mary.

The recipient of the $2,500 Scholarship in Memory of Chester A. Gerdes, is Emily Forscht, who will be attending Penn State.

The recipient of the Robert M. & Winifred M. Read Law Scholarship in the amount of $10,000, is Jacob Kania. The recipient of the Linda Read Memorial Scholarship, in the amount of $10,000, is Maria Lizzo.

Over $120,000 was distributed in scholarships to students.  More information about the specific scholarships can be found at http://www.thewestfieldfoundation/student-scholarships/.

Below is a listing of the 2015 Scholarship winners administered through the Westfield Foundation:

Charles Addams Memorial Art Scholarship – Amanda Christian

Bob and Marge Brewster – Daniel DoCampo

Madeleine Wild Bristol Fine Arts Scholarships – Lauren Echausse and Caitlin Collins

Madeleine Wild Bristol Fund – Hannah Goldring

Robert L. and Marilyn P. Bunting Scholarship – Emily Sullivan

Matthew C. Cahill Memorial Scholarship – Kevin Clauss

Kevin M. Clabby Memorial Fund – Henry Schwartz and Sophia Vera

Class of ’57 and Robert L. and Linda J. Foose Memorial Award – Anthony Farag

Class of ’57 Distinguished Teacher Award – Annora Happe-Conway

Isabella Dodds Scholarship – Nina Wang and Jorge Ledesma

Bruce G. Dunning Scholarship– Sabrina Ladj

Edmund K. Faltermayer Scholarship – Kelly Webber

Charles H. Frankenbach Sr. Memorial Scholarship – Eli Wirtshafter

Tomas Garcia Memorial Scholarships – Thomas McGuire and Ashley Postaski

William E. and Chester S. Gerdes Memorial Scholarship – Emily Forscht

David M. Hart Science Scholarship – Patrick Evans

Waldron W. Holck Memorial Scholarship – Daniel Cronin

Nelson A. Keller Memorial Scholarships – Jeremy Cha and Duncan Cook

Westfield Lacrosse Club– Mallory Weisse

Joel B. Langholtz Memorial Scholarship – Samantha Riley

Steven L. Lapidus Scholarship – Jorge Ledesma

Peggy H. and Jeremiah A. Lott Scholarship – Kayleigh Denner

Edith MacCormack Memorial Scholarship – Taniz Polanco

Frank A. and Margaret R. MacPherson Scholarship – Annie Resnikoff

Jean M. McDermott Fine Arts Scholarships – Anna Reid

Helen Bell and John S. McMartin Memorial Scholarships – Norna Jules and Andrew Zale

Lisa K. Monteleone Scholarship – Corinne Petersen

Vida Evans Nogi Memorial Scholarship – Susan Severino

Douglas J. Odenkirk Memorial Scholarship – Trent Muller

Mandeville Rentrop Memorial Scholarships – Bryan Evans, Patrick Evans, and Nicholas Sanders

Drude Sparre Roessler Music Scholarships – Alyrie Silverman

Joseph E. Rood Memorial Scholarship – Nina Wang

Greta Schoenemann Memorial Scholarship – Judy McDonald

Rachel Mather Sullivan Scholarship – Rita Murphy

Justina V. Taylor Memorial Scholarship – Jason Previlon

Noel A. and Thelma C. Taylor Memorial Scholarship – Erica Milwater

Liesja Tortorello Memorial Scholarship – James Hunter

Gail W. Trimble Memorial Scholarships – Liam Datwani

Ruth V. Vincent Fine Arts Scholarships – Genevieve Duguid and Conor Daly

Mary Kay Wanchik Fine Arts Scholarship– Jessica Sambucharan

Earl and Helen W. Wyman Scholarship – James Hunter

Westfield Foundation Matching McCoy Scholarship – Corinne Petersen

Annual Meeting set for May!

solo 40th anniv logoPlease join the Westfield Foundation at their 40th annual meeting on Tuesday, May 5th. The meeting will be held in the Westfield Memorial Library meeting room at 7pm. This is the perfect opportunity for the public to find out more about the Westfield Foundation and how they have touched peoples’ lives for the past 40 years.

Joining the current trustees will be many cornerstone members, members of the public and many grant recipients. Guest speakers at the meeting will be Russ Triolo, CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Union County, and Jonathan Phillips and Jackie Park Albaum from Groundwork Elizabeth.   Both agencies have been recipients of funding the past year. These speakers have great passion for what they are doing. Their work is both impressive and inspiring.

In the first quarter for 2015, the Foundation granted over $43,000 to 8 local organizations. These funds will be used to fund summer camp scholarships for 12 Westfield students, complete a community gardens project, upgrade a sprinkler system for a local theater, provide funding for a caregiver’s respite program, provide funding for a program which trains high school staff to recognize and respond to grief in the classroom, and training for a mentoring program working with at-risk kids. Recipients include Habitat for Humanity, The Westfield Community Players, Camp Speers-Eljabar, Restore Ministries, Alzheimer’s Association, Groundwork Elizabeth, Master Gardener’s of Union County and Imagine, Inc.

During 2015, the Board of Trustees will continue to seek projects that advance new initiatives and will have a substantial impact on the community. The Foundation’s priority is capital projects and providing seed money to support new programs while continuing to provide smaller grants that assist existing agencies on an annual basis.  One recent recipient of ‘seed money’ is the agency Roots and Wings ($40,000), an agency established to help young adults who have aged out of NJ’s foster care system.

Money to support the Foundation’s grants has been and continues to be provided by concerned and caring Westfield residents.



Thank you for your support!!

March, 2015

Dear Community members,

On behalf of the Westfield Foundation, I would like to thank the community members who recently donated to our annual campaign. The Foundation Board and the dozens of organizations we help throughout the year appreciate your generosity. This year, the annual campaign raised over $36,000 that was placed into our unrestricted fund and over $85,000 that was placed into individual family funds. Many families have found establishing funds are a great way to create a charitable legacy in Westfield.

The Westfield Foundation has a board of 15 community members who have been active in the Town and are committed to improving life in and around Westfield. The Foundation frequently meets with existing and new non-profit entities and seeks to provide grants that help initiate new projects. For example, recently the Foundation provided a grant to Roots & Wings – Union County, which helps address the needs of young adults who have aged out of the New Jersey foster care program.

If you have not already done so, I hope you will consider making a donation or creating a lasting legacy of philanthropy with the Westfield Foundation. One person can make a difference and everyone should try.

Thank you again for your support and generosity.




Russell M. Finestein

Westfield Foundation Board President

Announcing new Trustee and 3rd Quarter Grants

Westfield – The Westfield Foundation welcomes Gerard Abbattista to the board of the Westfield Foundation for 2014-15. Mr. Abbattista joins 14 other community leaders who donate their time and talent with the ultimate goal of supporting the ongoing efforts of organizations and individuals dedicated to improving the quality of life in Westfield.

In the third quarter for 2014, the Foundation granted more than $88,000 to 9 local organizations. These funds will be used for furnishing a family center, the purchase of a hygiene shower chair for disabled patients, to launch a career program for youth, the purchase of blood pressure monitors, to fund Alzheimer caregiver support groups and to sponsor 2 LIFE Center courses for senior citizens in Westfield.

Recipients include: Home First, CONTACT We Care, Counseling Centers for Human Development, Jewish Family Services, Union County College Foundation, YWCA Eastern Union County, Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad, Community Access Unlimited and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County.