Foundation 2016 End of Year Summary

Foundation 2016 End of Year Summary

In 2016, the Westfield Foundation distributed almost $317,000 in grants to thirty-two different agencies, among them:  The Westfield Rescue Squad, Cranford Dramatic Club, Boys and Girls Clubs of Union Co., Liam’s Room and Caring Contact.

Grants from the Foundation help individuals and agencies launch promising civic projects so they can become sustainable agencies that meet a specific community need. Additionally, the Foundation has become an important resource for organizations with new or emerging needs.  The Foundation’s grants impact many lives.

In the third quarter, the Foundation distributed over $22,000 to four organizations. The fourth quarter saw the Foundation distribute over $106,000 to 13 organizations.  Various grants allowed ESL classes for no charge to students, counseling for special needs children, pediatric palliative care training, the development of a curriculum for first responders, and uniforms for winter/spring cheerleading.  Recipients included The Adult School, Jewish Family Services, NJ Intergenerational Orchestra, Community Access Unlimited, YWCA Union County, and the Young Entrepreneurs Academy.

The Foundation focuses on four sectors: Arts, Education, Health and Social Services.  For 2016, 40% of the grants were for educational requests, 29% for health, 19% for social services, 7% for the arts and 5% were mixed distribution.

Pictured: Former Presidents of the Westfield Foundation were in attendance for the annual Cornerstone luncheon, held on Election Day, at Echo Lake Country Club.  (l to r): Anthony Cook (2006-12), Beth Cassie (current), Dave Owens (2000-06), Gail Cassidy (1999-2005), Barbara Frantz (2002-2008) and Russell Finestein ( 2010-2016).

Pictured: Former Presidents of the Westfield Foundation were in attendance for the annual Cornerstone luncheon, held on Election Day, at Echo Lake Country Club. (l to r): Anthony Cook (2006-12), Beth Cassie (current), Dave Owens (2000-06), Gail Cassidy (1999-2005), Barbara Frantz (2002-2008) and Russell Finestein ( 2010-2016).

Currently, the Westfield Foundation is holding their annual fundraising appeal.  The Foundation holds only one annual fundraising campaign 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.

Foundation Park Swings!

On a beautiful Tuesday evening, crowds gathered for the Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival at Foundation Park, on South Avenue near the circle.  Dozens of people took to the dance floor to ‘swing’ to the music, which was performed by Swingadelic, a ‘little big band”.

The music continues at the park, on Tuesdays from 7p – 9 pm, through the end of August.

Swingadelic entertains the crowds on July 26.

Swingadelic entertains the crowds (7/26/16)



Foundation Announces 2Q 16 Grants, New Trustees

The Westfield Foundation is pleased to announce four recipients have been awarded almost $36,000 in grants this past quarter.  They include the Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad, Summit Speech School, the Cranford Dramatic Club and Imagine.  Funds will be used for the purchase of new radios, a desktop computer and facility repairs.

The Foundation held its annual meeting in May.  During this meeting, three board trustees retired, after serving six years: Sal Caruana, Alice Fertig and Russell Finestein.  Three new community members were installed as trustees for 2016-17: Gil Chapman, Frank Isolde and Nancy Wolfe.

The Foundation has been giving to the community for 40 years!

New trustees for 2016-17: (l to r): Gil Chapman, Nancy Wolfe and Frank Isolde.

New trustees for 2016-17: (l to r): Gil Chapman, Nancy Wolfe and Frank Isolde.

Three retiring Foundation trustees: (l to r) Russ Finestein, Alice Fertig and Sal Caruana. (5/16)

Three retiring Foundation trustees: (l to r) Russ Finestein, Alice Fertig and Sal Caruana. (5/16)

Ribbon-cutting Ceremony Held for New Foundation Park

Foundation Park 5Westfield – The Westfield Foundation announced the establishment of Foundation Park and held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, June 11, 2016 with Mayor Andrew Skibitsky, members of the Town Council, the Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC), and past and present Trustees of the Westfield Foundation in attendance.

Foundation Park is a joint project of the Westfield Foundation and the Town of Westfield commemorating 40 years of community service by the Westfield Foundation.  Foundation Park, which is located across from the South Avenue Circle, will be used as a venue for Jazz Night and other Town events.  The area is scheduled to be completed with landscaping and lighting by early July, so it can be used as a venue for the DWC’s Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival, held on Tuesday evenings in July and August.

The concept and the design for Foundation Park was created by Craig Stock, who was awarded a plaque by the Westfield Foundation in recognition and appreciation for his time and effort in creating the park, as well as for his extensive community service for the Town.Foundation Park Russ and Craig 3

On behalf of the Foundation, former Foundation President, Russ Finestein, thanked the following companies for contributing either materials or labor to help create the park: Weldon Materials Inc., T. Fiotakis Construction, Harol Landscaping & Construction, A & N Landscaping and Craig Stock Landscape Design.  Finestein also thanked the Mayor and Town Council for their support, as well as the Town Administrator, James Gildea, and the Town Engineer, Kris McAloon, and the employees of the Westfield Department of Public Works, for their hard work in establishing the park.

Lastly, Finestein also thanked current and past Westfield residents who have donated or bequeathed funds to the Foundation, which now manages over $15,000,000.00 in restricted and unrestricted funds.  The Foundation uses a portion of these funds each year to provide grants benefitting the community overall and many art organizations, health-related programs, social service agencies/programs and education.

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Thank you for your support!


May, 2016

Good day,

On behalf of the Westfield Foundation, I would like to thank all those community residents who donated to our annual campaign.  This year the Westfield Foundation raised approximately $285,000.00, the majority of which was placed in individual family endowment funds that provide for a permanent legacy.  The Foundation now manages over $15 million in restricted and unrestricted funds, which has grown as a result of donations during annual campaigns, will bequests and family donations.

The Foundation’s board consists of 15 active community members, who volunteer their time and support the mission of the Foundation, which is to improve life in and around Westfield.  During my time on the board, the Foundation has given over $1.5 million in grants, benefitting many art organizations, health related programs, social service agencies/programs and education.  In 2015, we donated over $317k to multiple organizations.

Commemorating the Foundation’s 40th anniversary, the Town of Westfield and the Foundation are in the process of developing Foundation Park, which will be a community park near the South Avenue traffic circle that was designed by Westfield landscape architect, Craig Stock.  We will be having a dedication ceremony this summer.

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.  Click here to read more about legacy donations.

Thank you again for your support and generosity.

Russell M. Finestein

Westfield Foundation Board President, 2014-2016

1Q 2016 Grants Announced

We would like to announce a distribution of  $52,000 in grants to four organizations in the 1Q of 2016.  Additionally, the Foundation distributed over $106,000 to various organizations for further community support.

Grants for this quarter included Habitat for Humanity, WHS Band Parents Association, Groundwork Elizabeth and the Alzheimer’s Association.  Funds will be used for purchase of new uniforms for the marching band, an ongoing respite care program, ongoing building expenses and the purchase of passenger van.

Additional monies distributed in the first quarter will be used toward college scholarships for Westfield students, a summer youth employment program, and support for various programs including a local orchestra.


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