Morris Habitat for Humanity ‘Hearts & Hammers’ gala set for Feb. 25

Morris Habitat for Humanity ‘Hearts & Hammers’ gala set for Feb. 25

From Morris Habitat for Humanity:

Morris Habitat for Humanity Announces 18th Annual Hearts & Hammers Gala
on February 25

Fundraising will help build homes and hope for families in need

Morris Habitat for Humanity announces the 18th Annual Hearts & Hammers Gala on Saturday, February 25, 2023, at 6:00 PM at the Meadow Wood in Randolph. The gala will celebrate Morris Habitat families and loyal supporters while raising funds for the organization’s 66 affordable homes currently under construction in Morris and Middlesex Counties, as well as the Greater Plainfield area.

“For decades, Morris Habitat for Humanity has provided hope to families seeking an affordable place to live in the greater Morris County area,” said Morris Habitat CEO Blair Schleicher Wilson.

“Our mission is driven forward each year by people of all ages and backgrounds who come together to support the building, repair and housing solutions work of Morris Habitat. We are excited to come together in person after two years to celebrate our honors and raise critical funding for our home building projects.”

The evening’s spotlight will be on the Hearts & Hammers Gala Honoree presentations. Gala honors for 2023 include: Staatssen. Anthony M. Bucco with the Leadership Award; Arleen Paladino, Crum & Forster Chief Financial Officer, with the Professional Partner Award; Jasmine Lim, community partner, with the Donald H. Kuhn Inspiration Award; Margaret A. Darrin Charitable Trust with the Stewardship Award; and Toni Yates, ABC Eyewitness News Reporter, with the Key Communicator Award.

The event will feature a lavish cocktail reception where guests can preview the silent and live auctions, including sports memorabilia, jewelry, sporting events, dining and experiences, a wine pull and music by the New Jersey Youth Orchestra.

Guests will hear about family journeys to home ownership and the impact that a safe and decent affordable place to live has on their lives. Tickets must be purchased in advance for $250 per person.

Corporate sponsors step up to support Morris Habitat’s vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Major corporate sponsors to date include: BASF, Bayer, BDO, The Birch Group, The Boudreau Family, Bridge, Brookfield, Columbia Bank, Commercial Realty Group, Commerce Park Investors, Connect One Bank, Crum & Forster, The Donnelly Family, Dupont, ELION, First Energy Foundation, GAF, Infineum, Langan, Lakeland Bank, Legrand, M&T Bank, The Messina Family, NCJAR, New Jersey Natural Gas, The Nigro Family, Northfield Bank, ONYX, The Panzano/ Bujalski Family, Peapack- Gladstone Bank , Provident Bank, PSE&G, SOLIX, Travelers, Raymond and Stephanie Trevisan, Valley Bank, and Woodmont Properties.


Morris Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization committed to building homes, communities and hope. The organization serves Morris, Middlesex and parts of Somerset and Union counties. Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Morris Habitat builds affordable new homes and provides home repair services to income-eligible families.

Since 1985, Morris Habitat has served more than 960 families by building 175 local homes, preserving 411 homes for low-income and senior residents, and assisting 375 families with housing solutions worldwide. The organization has engaged more than 150,000 volunteers for various programs. For more information, visit: or call 973-891-1934.

Morris Habitat also operates a successful ReStore home improvement store that has kept 15,500 tons of reusable materials out of landfills and financed 33 homes. For more information about the ReStore, visit: or call 973-366-3358.

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