Pizza Served Up With Purpose: Fundraiser Brings in Over $2,000 for Homeless Neighbors
Hoboken, NJ, August 16, 2012, – Tuesday night’s pizza party fundraiser at Johnny Pepperoni in Hoboken proved a huge success for The Hoboken Shelter. The event, organized by Shelter volunteer Erica Seitzman and the staff of Johnny Pepperoni’s raised more than $2,000 for The Shelter.
“We can provide a warm meal for our guests for $2, so this wonderful support from the community will go a long way to helping those in need in our community,” said Jaclyn Cherubini, Executive Director. “A healthy meal is the first step to getting people back on their feet.”
Mayor Dawn Zimmer surprised Cherubini by not only turning up to support the event but also by presenting a check for $50,000, which will go a long way to helping those most in need in our community.
The Mayor had first surprised Cherubini with this generous donation at the 30th Anniversary Celebration in May. Mayor Zimmer wanted to step in to help The Shelter after they lost a lot of federal funding.
Overwhelmed by the community’s generosity, Seitzman thanked all the attendees for coming at the end of the night and reminded them not to forget the need for in kind goods the rest of the year. “We love Hoboken,” said Seitzman. “Donations are still coming in from the event and we are looking forward to hosting another event at Johnny Pepperoni soon.”
Cherubini adds that the funds raised will cover an entire day’s worth of meals, more than 400, and will help one of their guests make the move from The Shelter to a home of her own. “That’s the goal,” says Cherubini. “Taking them from the streets, to our shelter, to a home of their own.”
The Hoboken Shelter
The Hoboken Shelter’s mission is to be a community partnership that transforms lives by providing meals for the hungry, shelter for the homeless, and services to support people to become housed. They shelter 50 people nightly, serve 400 meals daily, and provide such support services as food, shelter, case management, counseling, job and life skills training, creative arts workshops, and emergency homelessness prevention grants. These services help homeless guests develop the skills needed to gain employment, achieve independence, and re-integrate into the community. Please visit the shelter website at www.hobokenshelter.org or check out their Facebook page for more information.