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.

Foundation Supports ‘My Heart in a Suitcase’

The Westfield Foundation provided funding to the ArtsPower National Touring Theatre for the presentation of My Heart in a Suitcase, a true life play about the Kindertransport in Germany just prior to World War II.  Multiple performances were held at Roosevelt and Edison Intermediate schools in Westfield, for all of the 6th and 7th graders in the district.  The compelling performances were very well received by all of the students.  Pictured are the cast members, Betsy Chance, Executive Director of the Westfield Foundation, and Mr. Sig Silbur, a survivor of the Kindertransport.

The cast of My Heart in a Suitcase with Westfield Foundation Executive Director, Betsy Chance and Sig Silbur, a survivor of the Kindertransport.

The cast of My Heart in a Suitcase with Westfield Foundation Executive Director, Betsy Chance and Sig Silbur, a survivor of the Kindertransport.

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Public Invited to 38th Annual meeting of Westfield Foundation

Westfield – The Westfield Foundation will be holding their 38th annual meeting on Thursday, May 9 at the Westfield Memorial Library, 550 East Broad Street at 7 pm. This meeting is an opportunity for the general public to come and hear how the Foundation makes a difference to Westfield and the surrounding communities.  This year’s guest speakers will be previous grant recipients Barbara Kopel, Central Regional Director, Emmanuel Cancer Foundation and Karen Olson, President, Board of Directors, Family Promise

The annual meeting is a recap of the Foundation’s accomplishments the previous year, as well as recognition of retiring Foundation trustees.  Three retiring trustees of the Foundation will be recognized for their service the past six years: Donnell Carr, who has served as Secretary of the Board and a member of the Grants, Legal, Scholarship and Policy committees; Larry Goldman, who has served as a member of the  Grants, Investment and Legal committees; and Ann Robinson, who has served as a member of the Grants committee and as Chair of the Nominating committee. 

Additionally, three new Foundation Trustees will be welcomed, Mitch Beinhaker, Karen Fountain and Janet Sarkos.   The new Executive Board for 2013-14 will be William Foley (President), Richard Coltrera (Vice-President), Alice Fertig, (Treasurer) and Howard Cohen, (Secretary).

The Foundation hopes you will be able to join them at this meeting.