Monmouth County News Briefs, April 14

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Jersey Mike’s Subs and customers across the country rallied to raise $15 million to help more than 200 charities nationwide during the company’s 11th annual Month of Giving in March.

In New Jersey, $1 million was raised for Make-A-Wish New Jersey, which will create life-changing wishes for local children with critical illnesses in the weeks and months ahead, according to a press release.

Throughout March, customers were encouraged to make donations to Make-A-Wish New Jersey through the Jersey Mike’s mobile app or onsite at each participating location.

The campaign culminated with Jersey Mike’s “Day of Giving” on March 31 when more than 90 local Jersey Mike’s locations donated 100% of the day’s sales, not just profit, to Make-A-Wish New Jersey, according to the press release.

These fundraising totals are double the amount raised in 2019 when the company donated $7.3 million to local charities, and $458,000 to Make-A-Wish New Jersey.

The contribution of $1 million from Jersey Mike’s Subs will grant the wishes of 100
children in New Jersey who are battling critical illnesses, according to the press release.

Make-A-Wish New Jersey and Jersey Mike’s Subs began their partnership in 2017
and in those five years, Jersey Mike’s has raised more than $2.1 million to make local wishes come true in the Garden State, according to the press release.


The Monmouth Bar Association has announced a new program that will pair
qualifying applicants with attorneys who will accept reduced fees for legal representation.

This program will serve individuals needing legal services whose income is above the required range to obtain assistance from the Legal Aid Society or a public defender, but who cannot afford to retain attorneys at full rates, according to a press release.

This program is the first of its kind in Monmouth County and the fourth in the state. The program will match qualified applicants with attorneys who have the background and experience needed to provide appropriate representation at an affordable rate, according to the press release.

To participate in the program, applicants seeking legal services must provide proof they meet the financial requirements. Litigants with a household income that is up to 300% of the poverty level in Monmouth County can qualify. For additional information, contact Tracey Settipane at 732-431-5544.


Brookdale Community College President David Stout has announced that Nancy Kaari has joined the institution as vice president of advancement. Kaari began her new role in February.

“Nancy has had a long and successful career in advancement and administration in the nonprofit sector with the American Red Cross and I am confident her expertise will allow us to build upon our past successes,” Stout was quoted as saying in a press release. “She is a proud community college graduate and is passionate about opening the doors of Brookdale to students from all backgrounds.”

Kaari will oversee and lead operations of advancement, including development, fundraising, alumni affairs, college relations, grants, strategic partnerships, governmental affairs and community relations, according to the press release.


A bill sponsored by state Assembly Democrats Linda Carter, Eric Houghtaling and Angela McKnight that will provide funding for arts and culture organizations has been signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy.

Subject to the availability of federal funds, $15 million in funds provided to New Jersey in response to the COVID-19 pandemic will be made available to the Economic Development Authority (EDA) so it can issue grants to struggling arts and culture organizations, according to a press release from New Jersey Assembly Democrats.

The EDA must allocate $7.5 million in funds to the New Jersey Council on the Arts for the purpose of issuing grants to arts and culture nonprofit organizations. The other $7.5 million will be reserved by the EDA for grants to support for-profit arts and culture organizations, according to the press release.

Carter represents Middlesex, Somerset and Union counties; Houghtaling represents Monmouth County; and McKnight represents Hudson County.

The Assembly members said, “We must show our support now, while many (arts and culture organizations) are struggling to remain open, to ensure arts and culture can continue to play an important role in our state. This funding lets us look forward to the unforgettable experiences these organizations will once again provide after the pandemic has ended.”