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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Unique Fundraiser Supports Low-Income Families

Men and women recently gathered on the grounds of the Hudson Farm Club, a 3,800 acre hunting preserve in Andover, followed by a five-course, gourmet feast at Andre’s Restaurant, to raise funds for Project Self-Sufficiency, a non-profit agency specializing in services for low-income families.  Participants of all skill levels were invited to shoot at an assortment of over 100 clay targets at 20 different locations throughout the sprawling grounds of the Hudson Farm Club.  The day was capped with a 5-course, gourmet dinner prepared by renowned chefs Kirk Avondoglio, Bradley Boyle, Andre de Waal, and Tim Harder at Andre’s Restaurant in Sparta.

The Harvest Shoot & Taste of Autumn Gourmet Gathering is one of the cornerstone events of Project Self-Sufficiency’s annual campaign, noted Executive Director Deborah Berry-Toon.  “Raising funds to operate programs for the low-income families served by Project Self-Sufficiency is crucial to our success.  We are extremely grateful to the four chefs who have shared their time and talent with all of us, and we offer special thanks to the Hudson Farm Club for hosting this event year after year.”

Patrons at the Harvest Shoot & Taste of Autumn Gourmet Gathering had the option of participating in the all-day event, or just the dinner alone.  A special shooting clinic was recently added to the beginning of the course so that novices could learn to safely use a hunting rifle.   Afterwards, participants gathered at Andre’s Restaurant for the evening meal, which included hors d’oeuvres, salad and soup, fish, meat, and dessert.  Each course was paired with a wine chosen specifically to complement the food.   The four chefs who provided the food for the Taste of Autumn Gourmet Gathering have volunteered their services for the event each year.  The group collaborated on the hors d’oeuvres course, with the remaining courses provided individually. 

Sponsors of the event included The Hudson Farm Club; Beverly and Bruce Gordon; Henry O. Baker Insurance Group; Legacy Studios; Gregory and Susan Murphy; Rhoda and Norman Seider; and the Selective Insurance Company of America.  Sponsors of individual stations included Alberto & Cho Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Group, LLC; Eastern Propane; George’s Salvage Company; R.G. and B.W. Huber; William C. Moynihan, Stifel Nicolaus & Company; Gregory and Sue Murphy; Nisivoccia, LLC; Shop Rite/Ronetco Supermarkets; Vince Signorelli and Hilary Kruce; and Robert Soldoveri, Whispering Pines Enterprises. 

All proceeds from the Harvest Shoot & Taste of Autumn Gourmet Gathering benefit Project Self-Sufficiency, a private non-profit community-based organization dedicated to improving the lives of low-income families residing in northwestern New Jersey.  Since 1986 Project Self-Sufficiency has served more than 20,000 families, including over 30,000 children.  To make a donation, or to find out more about the programs and services available at Project Self-Sufficiency, call 973-940-3500, visit

Breast Cancer Summit to be Hosted by Project Self-Sufficiency

Local breast cancer survivors and those who want more information about breast cancer are invited to an informational event, “Decoding the Secrets of Breast Cancer,” at Project Self-Sufficiency on Saturday, October 17th, from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  The event will feature presentations and question-and-answer sessions with local breast cancer experts, break-out sessions, health and wellness vendors, lunch and interactive exhibits.  The event is free, but space is limited and registration is required.  Interested participants are encouraged to call Project Self-Sufficiency at 973-940-3500 to register.

Medical oncologist Dr. May Abdo-Matkiwsky will be joined by radiation oncologist Dr. Kathy Lo, breast surgeon Dr. Michelle O’Shea, and nurse navigator Kelly Zukswert for a discussion of current options for prevention, detection and early treatment of breast cancer. 

Numerous vendors will be on hand to offer tips on health, wellness, fashion and exercise, including Project Self-Sufficiency; Mary Kay; NJ CEED Program; Office of Public Health Nursing; PB&J Stores; The White Oak Center for Natural Health; and others.

“It is imperative that we continue to offer local residents the most up-to-date information about breast cancer detection and prevention, since Sussex County continues to have the highest incidence of incurable breast cancer in the state of New Jersey,” noted Project Self-Sufficiency Executive Director Deborah Berry-Toon.  “We are grateful for the support of Komen for the Cure® North Jersey Affiliate, as well as all of the other individuals and organizations who have agreed to join us in the event to instruct participants about maintaining breast health, as well as guidelines for the appropriate steps to take if breast cancer has been detected.”

“Decoding the Secrets of Breast Health” will be hosted by Project Self-Sufficiency with the support of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® North Jersey Affiliate.  The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.  To register, call 973-940-3500.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Free Seminar about Landlord-Tenant Disputes

Quint Clarke, Esquire, will offer a free seminar about landlord-tenant disputes on Wednesday, October 21st, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Project Self-Sufficiency's Warren County Outreach Site, located at 35 Main Street in Blairstown.  Participants will learn about the rights and duties of landlords and tenants, including eviction, security deposits, leases, mortgages, and saving homes from foreclosure.  The presentation is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required.  

To register, call Project Self-Sufficiency at 973-940-3500.