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GOOD GRIEF A Fall Celebration...

The Great Pumpkin Ball October 28, 2011



Helping Children & Teens Cope with Loss

MEET OUR HONOREES & MASTER OF CEREMONIES... The Hope Award—is given to a person or community that exemplifies hope in times of distress and provides hope for the future.

Reverend Charles T. Rush, Senior Minister, Christ Church Chuck Rush, recipient of the Hope Award leads by example and gives hope to others every day. When

Reverend Rush was approached by Good Grief with its need for a home, he and the Christ Church community welcomed Good Grief with open arms. Reverend Rush has been the Senior Minister at Christ Church for sixteen years and taught Ethics at Rutgers University for eight years. In 2002, he was a Lily Fellow and published ‘Let This Cup Pass from Me’, a devotional book on the humanity of Jesus. He has traded pulpits in the Highlands of Scotland and has been intimately involved with Bridges, Good Grief, and Bonds of Courage, as well as the Cornerstone Nursery school. Presently, he serves on the Bioethics committee at Overlook Hospital and sits on the Ethics advisory board at Kent Place School.

The Corporate Leadership Award—is

given to a person or company that is an active participant in their community and works towards the betterment of all people through demonstrated acts of caring and compassion.

Kevin Cummings, President and CEO, Investors Bank Kevin Cummings, recipient of the Corporate Leadership Award, believes in giving back. Through outreach in

the over 70 communities they serve and philanthropic contributions to countless civic and non-profit organizations, Kevin and his staff personify community leadership. He has been President and Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors for Investors Bank since 2008. He served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer from 2003 to 2008. Before joining Investors Bank, Mr. Cummings spent 26 years with the firm KPMG, LLP and has worked over 20 years with New Jersey community bank practices such as Summit, Valley National, Provident and Hudson City banks. He received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® 2011 New Jersey Award for the Transformational category for successfully transforming Investors Bank into a growth company.

Honorees Visiting Our Center

L-R; Patrick Sullivan, Senator Tom Kean, Jr. Mayor Jordan Glatt (Summit)

Rev. Charles T. Rush

John Celmer, Branch Manager, Investors Banks (Morristown)

L-R; Volunteer Facilitator, Leigh Rososs with Rev. Rush and Terry Blagdon, Volunteer

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You don’t want to miss...

The Great Pumpkin Ball! Our biggest event of the fall season is just around the corner—a night of celebration to support grieving families and to honor two remarkable community leaders; Reverend Charles T. Rush, with The Hope Award and Kevin Cummings, with The Corporate Leadership Award. Our Master of Ceremonies will be none other than the illustrious Greg Kelly, host of Fox 5’s ‘Good Day New York. The Great Pumpkin Ball will be held on Friday, October 28, 2011, at The Park Savoy, Florham Park, New Jersey. The event will kick off with a cocktail hour starting at 6:00 pm followed by dinner, an awards ceremony and silent and live auctions. Every day a child experiences the death of an adult; in fact, one in seven children will experience the death of a parent or sibling by the time they are twenty years old. Good Grief provides year-round peer support, education and outreach so that no child has to grieve alone. Since opening our doors in September 2007, we have grown over 300%— giving Good Grief the distinction of being the fastest growing children’s grief center in the country. Having expanded our programs and moved to a bigger facility in Morristown, we are now providing support to hundreds of children and teens, from

three years old through young adulthood, who have experienced the death of a loved one. Here are just a few highlights from our Live Auction:

4 Club Seats to Rangers vs Devils and Signed Brandon Dubinsky New York Rangers Jersey;

3 New York Giants Season Ticket Holder Seats + Free Parking; A Signed Brandon Jacobs NY Giants Football;

Gary’s Wine Party for 10; and

Diamante Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (golfing getaway)

All proceeds will benefit our programs and allow us to continue providing free services to grieving families in New Jersey.

Greg Kelly, Co-host, Fox 5—Good Day New York Greg Kelly, the Master of Ceremonies, has been the co-host of “Good Day New York” since 2008. He is a former anchor of Fox News Channel, New York and served as White House correspondent from 2005-2007. He covered the war in Iraq, including four assignments in Baghdad. During the 2003 invasion, he was embedded with the U.S. Army’s 3rd Infantry Division, 2nd Brigade. Before joining Fox News Channel, Mr. Kelly reported for New York 1 News. Mr. Kelly started his career reporting for News Channel 34, ABC’s Binghamton, New York affiliate. He is a licensed commercial pilot and holds rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Marine Corps Reserves.


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We would like to recognize our sponsors: AmeriHealth New Jersey Celgene Investors Bank Flowers by Bradley—A Division of Bradley & Son Funeral Homes Hilltop Savings Bank Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook and Cooper Lois Schneider Realtors Patient First Dentistry of Summit Sue Ingalls, Floral Designer Wells Fargo Advisors Document Solutions Glassworks Intermedium Financial, LLC Rita Pettiford The Park Savoy Special Thanks to Don Bolognese for the Cover Art Illustration

For further information about Good Grief and its services, please contact: Doreen Smith Director of Marketing and Communications

Good Grief, Inc.

(908) 522-1999 Ext. 8008

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Press Release for the Great Pumpkin Ball (non media version)