Westfield Foundation Announces End of Year Update

foundation logoIn 2013, the Westfield Foundation distributed over $261,000 in grants to thirty-eight different agencies, among them:  the Westfield Community Band, Youth and Family Counseling, the Cerebral Palsy League, Jewish Family Service of Central NJ, and Furniture Assist. 

Grants from the Foundation help individuals and agencies launch promising civic projects so they can become sustainable agencies that meet a specific community need.  Imagine Inc., a center for coping with loss, is a past recipient of a $15,000 start up grant and is now on track to serve twenty families and sixty children dealing with loss due to the death of a parent or sibling.

In the fourth quarter, the Foundation distributed over $23,000 to five organizations. Grants were earmarked for such items as a large screen interactive computer, orchestral performances in the Westfield area, and funds for day care, after school care and scholarships for children to attend summer camp.  Recipients included the Cerebral Palsy League, Union County College Foundation, the New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra, Family Promise and the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless. 

Currently the Foundation manages 114 funds totaling over $14.8 million.  Income from the Foundation’s unrestricted funds enabled the Foundation to distribute grants to such agencies as the Westfield Y to improve handicapped accessibility, computer upgrades to Jewish Family services for their nursing staff, Children’s Specialized Hospital for rehabilitation technology equipment and the New Jersey Festival Orchestra to support their concert series.

During 2014, the Board of Trustees will seek projects that advance new initiatives and will have a substantial impact on the community. The Foundation’s priority will be capital projects and providing seed money to support new programs while continuing to provide smaller grants that assist existing agencies on an annual basis.  Meetings with various agencies that have previously received grants from the Foundation are planned for the New Year in the hope to promote future grants that will have an enduring legacy for the community.

The Foundation holds only one annual fundraising per year.  If you wish to donate to the Foundation’s current annual appeal, donations can be sent directly to: Westfield Foundation, PO Box 2295, Westfield, NJ 07091.  

If you have questions about making a donation or are interested in creating a ‘family legacy’ which would benefit the community for years to come, please contact Betsy Chance, Executive Director, by phone at 908-233-9787 or by email to foundation@westfieldnj.com.

Foundation Announces 3rd Qtr. Grant Recipients

Westfield – The Westfield Foundation met in September to distribute over $25,000 in grants to 5 programs and projects.  These grants will help to fund rehabilitation technology equipment, upgrade security to an emergency shelter, fund a visiting author program and purchase medical equipment for low-income clients.

This quarter’s recipients include: Jewish Family Service of Central NJ, YWCA of Eastern Union County, Children’s Specialized Hospital, JCC of Central NJ and SAGE Eldercare.  While the Westfield Foundation supports established social service agencies, it has also become an important resource for new and smaller organizations and emerging needs.  In the past, the Foundation has provided start up funds for now well-established programs such as the annual WHS Graduation BASH, the WHS Ice Hockey and crew teams, emergency funds of $10,000 to the Westfield Food Pantry in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and $1,000 to an Eagle Scout determined to build a Korean War Memorial.

The Foundation’s work continues today, because of the support from Westfield and surrounding communities.  The Foundation relies solely on donations from the community.

In December, the Foundation launches their annual fundraising campaign.  Please consider making an investment in Westfield and supporting the good works of the Foundation by making a tax-deductible donation.  These donations allow the Foundation to keep thriving and giving back directly to Westfield.

Westfield Foundation Announces 2013 Scholarship Recipients

Westfield – The Westfield Foundation is pleased to announce this year’s recipients of the Clarence H. and Florence H. VanDellen Memorial Scholarship.   Jennifer Amador and Jimmy Yang will each receive $2,500 per year for four years.  This young woman and young man 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.

IMG_3178Jennifer is pursuing a career in Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in Troy NY.  In high school, Jennifer was a member of the National Honor Society and a National Hispanic Recognition Scholar at Westfield High School.  Jennifer plays two instruments, the cello and piano.  She was the co-captain of the WHS Varsity rowing team. Jennifer worked at Camp Riverbend as a lifeguard and swim instructor this past summer.  At Rensselaer, Jennifer is a member of the Society of Women Engineers, on the crew team, plays cello in the orchestra, and is an active member of the Outdoors club.

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Jimmy is enrolled in the Connell School of Nursing at Boston College in Boston, MA.  Jimmy is a first generation college student in his family.  At Westfield High School, Jimmy was a member of the National Honor Society, the National Society of High School Scholars and a recipient of the Raymond Bailey Scholastic Achievement Award.  Jimmy also was a member of the JV and the Varsity football team while at Westfield High School.

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 Joseph Obiajulu who will attend Princeton University and Courtney Han who will attend Rutgers University.  The recipient of the $2,500 Scholarship in Memory of Chester A. Gerdes, is Liam Collins who will attend Siena College.   Two Wallace $2,500 scholarships are awarded to Nicole Boretz, who is headed for the University of Central Florida and to Jason Colasanti who will attend the University of Maryland.  In addition, three Linda Read Memorial Scholarships of $3,000 each were awarded to Jimmy Yang, Kristen Troutman and Katelyn Kelly, and one Read Law Scholarship in the amount of $10,000 was awarded to Christina Obiajulu.

Over $100,000 was distributed in scholarships to students.  Here is a listing of the 2013 Scholarship winners administered through the Westfield Foundation:

Charles Addams Memorial Art Scholarship – Asher Horowitz

Madeleine Wild Bristol Fine Arts Scholarships – Matthew Lynn and Eric Mikalauskas

Robert L. and Marilyn P. Bunting Scholarship – Meghan Reilly

Matthew C. Cahill Memorial Scholarship – Connor Moore

Class of ’57 and Robert L. and Linda J. Foose Memorial Award – Andrea Hill

Class of ’57 Distinguished Teacher Award – Stephen Boyle

J. Isabella Dodds Scholarship – Tara Reardon

Edmund K. Faltermayer Scholarship – Jennifer Mandelblatt

Charles H. Frankenbach Memorial Scholarship – Max Bohall

Tomas Garcia Memorial Scholarships – Lauren Fernandez and Griffin Morgan

David M. Hart Science Scholarship – Kyla Gargiulo

Waldron W. Holck Memorial Scholarship – Jiaxi Wang

Nelson A. Keller Memorial Scholarships – Charlotte Perez and Christopher Hoerrner

Steven L. Lapidus Scholarship – Henry Brown

Peggy H. and Jeremiah A. Lott Scholarship – Colleen Gallagher

Jean M. McDermott Fine Arts Scholarships – Emma Tabachnick

Helen Bell and John S. McMartin Memorial Scholarships – Sun Park and Courtney Han

Lisa K. Monteleone Scholarship – Allison Zale

Douglas J. Odenkirk Memorial Scholarship – Brittany DeNicola

Mandeville Rentrop Memorial Scholarships – Molly Prybylski and Tara Reardon

Drude Sparre Roessler Music Scholarships – Elizabeth Rosenberg

Joseph E. Rood Memorial Scholarship – Jade Tankard

Rachel Mather Sullivan – John Campbell

Noel A. and Thelma C. Taylor Memorial Scholarship – Aditi Jain

Liesja Tortorello Memorial Scholarship – Molly Prybylski

Gail W. Trimble Memorial Scholarships – Jessica Ciampa

Ruth V. Vincent Fine Arts Scholarships – Leo Mormille and Brooke Walden

W. Earl and Helen W. Wyman Scholarship – Jennifer Amador

Westfield Foundation Matching McCoy Scholarship – Giana DiGiorgio and Katherine Towers

Descriptions of these scholarships can be found on the Westfield Foundation web page, under the ‘Student Scholarship’ tab.

Foundation Announces 2nd Quarter Recipients

The Westfield Foundation met in May to distribute more than $29,000 in grants to seven programs and projects. These grants will help to fund a Young Entrepreneurs Academy, support families living with cancer, and purchase equipment for a pre-school program to name a few.

This quarter’s recipients include: Emmanuel Cancer Foundation, Westfield Chamber of Commerce, Summit Speech School, Planned Parenthood, IMAGINE, Inc., the Westfield Community Band and Furniture Assist. In addition, the trustees approved a $100,000 grant to the Westfield Y, to be paid in installments over 5 years, to support their new capital campaign.

Additionally, the Foundation is also pleased to announce the new executive board for 2013-14: Bill Foley, president; Rick Coltrera, vice-president; Alice Fertig, treasurer; and Howard Cohen, secretary. Eighty individuals have served as trustees in the past and there are currently 15 trustees serving on the Westfield Foundation Board.

The Westfield Foundation Executive Board for 2013-14, (from l to r) :Howard Cohen, secretary; Alice Fertig, treasurer; Rich Coltrera, vice-president; and Bill Foley, president.

The Westfield Foundation Executive Board for 2013-14, (from l to r) : Howard Cohen, secretary; Alice Fertig, treasurer; Rich Coltrera, vice-president; and Bill Foley, president.

Mourning the loss of Gerry Glasser

Gerry Glasser

Gerry Glasser

Our community collectively mourns the passing of Gerry Glasser, a life-long resident of Westfield, who passed away on Sunday.  Gerry was a dedicated civic leader in Westfield and it’s surrounding community, championing many causes including the Westfield Foundation, Overlook Hospital and IMAGINE, Inc., a Center for Coping with Loss.

Gerry was a full-time member of the New York University faculty for 39 years where he received a B.S. in economics and statistics, a M.B.A in statistics and a Ph.D. in mathematics and statistics. In addition to his career at New York University, he was a co-founder and principal in the media-marketing research company, Statistical Research, Inc., known as “the Tiffany of market research companies.”

Gerry  served as a trustee on the Westfield Foundation board for 6 years, serving as the Foundation President from 2001-2003. Gerry was a valued trustee on the Overlook Foundation Board where he served as Chairman from 2008 – 2010, and the Chairman of the Overlook Foundation Grants Committee from 2005 – 2011. In addition, Gerry was a trustee of the Overlook Medical Center Advisory Board and Chairman of Overlook’s Community Health Committee.

Gerry’s contributions as a philanthropic leader are extensive. In 2005 he established the Glasser Lecture, a community lecture series addressing health and the public interest, in honor of his son, Thomas Glasser who died in the World Trade Center on September 11,2001. Gerry was instrumental in the founding of IMAGINE Inc, providing the initial funding as well as his guidance and support.

Gerry was a trustee of Union County College’s Board of Governors where he recently established a track scholarship. He was an author and a recipient of numerous professional and civic awards, and in September 2012 he was inducted into the Westfield Historical Society’s Hall of Fame.  This past March, he was honored as Westfield’s Citizen of the Year.

We have lost a true humanitarian and a generous philanthropist. His contributions are tremendous and he will be missed.

Click here for Gerry Glasser’s obituary.