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GOOD GRIEF Press Release October 2011




Helping Children & Teens Cope with Loss

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. With the help of our generous supporters and experienced and compassionate volunteers, we are able to meet the needs of grieving families from over 75 communities in New Jersey. As Joe Primo, our Associate Executive Director, recently said in a CNN interview, “The tragedy of 9/11 allowed grief counselors to see what would happen when they have enough resources to help families through the grieving process.” At Good Grief, we provide a healing and welcoming place where families support each other, week after week, and find the strength they need to heal and forge a new life forward.

Helping Children & Teens Cope with Loss


The Hope Award—is given to a person or community that exemplifies hope in times of distress and provides hope for the future.

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.

MEET OUR HONOREES & MASTER OF CEREMONIES... 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. Reverend Rush has a BA from Wake Forest University, a PhD from Princeton Seminary and has completed post-doctoral research at Cambridge University.

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.

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. Mr. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Fordham University.


Helping Children & Teens Cope with Loss

The Great Pumpkin Ball

will feature Live and Silent Auction items. All proceeds will benefit our programs and allow us to continue providing free services to grieving families in New Jersey. We would like to recognize our corporate sponsors:

AmeriHealth Celgene Investors Bank Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, P.C. Lois Schneider Realtor Wells Fargo Advisors 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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