America’s Grow-a-Row, which has been providing fresh healthy produce to those in need for 15 years, recently honored Impact 100 Garden State with its 2017 Farm-to-Fork Community Award. In 2014, our members selected America’s Grow-a-Row (AGAR) and the Community Soup Kitchen of Morristown as the recipients of a $100,000 collaborative grant. We are proud of our role in helping AGAR fulfill its mission and delighted to receive this recognition. Christine diCesare, left, Nonprofit Outreach Chair, who accepted the award, shares it with Board member Cathy Vinnicombe and Board President, Merle Johnson.
We are very excited to announce that our membership total in 2017 has reached 282 women. That means we will be awarding two transformative grants totaling $282,000; it also means that in our five-year history we have collectively raised more than $1,000,000 for nonprofit programs. Thank you to Membership Co-Chairs, Molly Dunn and Sally Epstein (above), and to all our new and returning members. We could not have reached this important milestone without all of you.
This year Impact 100 Garden State will award two transformative grants, one each for $141,000, to support nonprofit programs focused on helping individuals in need in Morris, Passaic, Somerset and Sussex counties. The deadline for filing an application for 2017 has passed. Grant Co-Chairs, Donna McNamara and Storm Rose (above), together with our focus area committees, have begun their summer tasks—evaluating all of the wonderful applications we received. Good luck to all.