Honoring Young Lives Lost in Vietnam War

Westfield – Hundreds of community members attended the dedication of the new Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Westfield. The memorial remembers and honors the 11 Westfield residents who died while serving in the Vietnam War.  The memorial joins existing memorials for World War II, World War I, the Korean War and the Spanish-American War at the intersection of North Avenue and East Broad Street.

The Westfield Foundation was a lead sponsor for this project, providing a grant for $10,000 in September 2011.

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The Memorial

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The memorial was dedicated on June 22, 2014 in Westfield. Photos courtesy of Richard Coltrera

The Westfield Foundation Pledges Support to Roots & Wings Union County

The Westfield Foundation presents representatives from Roots & Wings a ‘check’ for $40,000.  Pictured (l to r): Kim Spangenberg, Executive Director of Roots & Wings, Joe Masterson, Union County Leadership Council member and R&W spokesman and Elizabeth Chance, Executive Director of the Westfield Foundation.

The Westfield Foundation presents representatives from Roots & Wings a ‘check’ for $40,000. Pictured (l to r): Kim Spangenberg, Executive Director of Roots & Wings, Joe Masterson, Union County Leadership Council member and R&W spokesman and Elizabeth Chance, Executive Director of the Westfield Foundation.

Westfield, NJ – The Westfield Foundation has announced it will be the first Seed Investor in Roots & Wings – Union County, a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the critical needs of young adults who have aged out of New Jersey’s foster care program. The $40,000 pledge from the Westfield Foundation will support a client-centered program that provides safe housing, education, professional counseling and mentoring. The Westfield Foundation has demonstrated its confidence in Roots & Wings by making a portion of the pledge a challenge grant to encourage the Westfield community and organizations to partner with the Westfield Foundation to launch this important program in Union County, where approximately 100 youth become at risk annually. Every dollar donated will be matched by the Westfield Foundation, doubling a donor’s contribution.

Youths in the foster system normally age out at 18. Their existing support system is suddenly disrupted, and they face staggering challenges. Hurdles include homelessness which can lead to human trafficking, insufficient education, few employable skills, no financial resources and no dependable relationships for guidance. Roots & Wings – Union County liaison Joe Masterson says, “We are grateful to the Westfield Foundation for assuming a leadership role to get our local program underway. Union County, like other counties throughout the state, has limited resources available to prepare or support these young adults. Our program offers qualified youth an opportunity to live independently in a safe environment while pursuing an education, working, and learning life skills essential to a stable adulthood. I encourage anyone who would like to make a donation or learn more to call me at 908.403.8621 or visit our website, http://www.rootsandwingsnj.org.”

The Westfield Foundation is a charitable fund supported by annual contributions, family legacy funds and estate bequests. Goals include supporting the ongoing efforts of individuals and organizations to improve the quality of life in Westfield, and also taking leadership roles in bold new initiatives like Roots & Wings to address emerging or underserved needs in the Westfield area.  In 2013, the Foundation awarded over $260,000 to 38 grant applicants.  Over the years a unique and popular opportunity for donor giving to the Westfield Foundation has been to establish a “legacy” fund in an individual or family’s name. The annual investment income from a legacy fund will support the Foundation’s yearly giving both immediately and in perpetuity, and is a lasting legacy of generosity for families in the Westfield community.

Support for the Westfield Foundation


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The Westfield Foundation, committed to helping those in need in the Westfield community, recently hosted their annual meeting. Fifteen agencies, who have been recipients of grants from the Foundation, came to thank the Foundation for their support of their various and varied programs. Agencies represented at the meeting included: the Westfield Y, Emmanuel Cancer Foundation, Furniture Assist, Premier Stages, Jewish Family Service, Rake & Hoe Garden Club, Downtown Westfield Corporation, Westfield Historical Society, CASA, Hedgehog & Feather Theatre Co., Mobile Meals of Westfield, Westfield Day Care Center, Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless, Westfield Chamber of Commerce, and Roots & Wings.

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.


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.