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On Thursday, October 12, Family Promise of Bergen County held its 2023 Annual Gala, “Unlocking a Brighter Future – Prevention is Key.” Our biggest night of the year, we welcomed nearly 300 guests to Edgewood Country Club in River Vale for a special evening in support of the families and individuals we serve, with all proceeds from the event directly supporting our shelter, support, and meal programs.

Our Gala celebrated four extraordinary honorees for the profound impact they’ve had on our families, programs, and organization as a whole: The Provident Bank Foundation (Philanthropic Impact Award), Temple Sinai of Bergen County (Community Impact Award), and longtime IRF and Family Promise volunteers Jerrold and Anne Fleisher (Volunteer Impact Award). The fabulous Alina Albano, director of the Family Promise Youth Council, returned as our MC for a third consecutive year.

The night once again featured an expansive silent auction that offered something for everyone, such as exclusive VIP tickets, premiere dining experiences, high-end fashion accessories, vacations, day trips, and more. Our beloved Wine Pull had a record year, selling out all 120 bottles by the end of the night! The event was commemorated with our 2023 Gala Virtual Journal, which included special messages to our honorees written by family, friends, and colleagues, as well as ads from sponsors and local businesses.

This year, we welcomed The Douglas M. Noble Family Foundation as our first ever Success Sponsor. In addition, Promise Sponsors Bogota Savings Bank Charitable Foundation, The Provident Bank Foundation, SHARP, and UnitedHealthCare, Star Sponsors Buck, Seifort & Jost and PSEG, and Family Friends MRCC, PNC Private Bank, Visions Federal Credit Union, and Cross River Bank provided corporate support for the event.

Thank you to all who attended the Family Promise Annual Gala, made a donation, participated in our Wine Pull, donated to or bid in our silent auction, placed an ad in our Virtual Journal, and supported the event in other ways. We also want to extend a very special thank you to Jamie Berna, who created the beautiful video featured in the evening’s program, as well as our amazing team of hard working volunteers who ensured that the Gala was a success.

We look forward to seeing you in 2024!