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Honorary Chairman
Ralph LaRossa

President & COO, PSEG
John Nietzel
Senior Vice President, Investors Bank

76th Annual Campaign to Help Needy is a Success


For 76 years the Greater Newark Holiday Fund has been making the holidays brighter for our less fortunate neighbors in north Jersey. Our 2013 campaign was one of the best ever, thanks to generous donors across the state. As the story under “Latest News” notes, it raised $345,000 upon its closing on January 31, 2014.

Our thanks go out to all those donors who opened their hearts to the plight of the neediest members of our community. We are also grateful to our dedicated volunteers and our partner, The Star-Ledger.

Your donations make a real difference in fighting poverty and alleviating suffering. GNHF distributes this money to nearly a dozen outstanding service agencies. Our partner agencies provide:
• Food for the Hungry
• Shelter for the Homeless
• Care for Seniors
• Clothes and Toys for Kids
• Crucial services to individuals and families in crisis

Every holiday season GNHF supplements agency resources by soliciting donations from individuals, foundations, and corporations. Our 2013 campaign officially ended on January 31, 2014, but you can still make an impact through donations to the fund. We are already preparing for the 2014 campaign, and will gladly accept contributions throughout the year. Thank you for your help in continuing this good work. Learn more>>

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Latest News

NEWARK, NJ (May 30, 2014) — The 2013 Campaign of the Greater Newark Holiday Fund (GNHF; www.holidayfund.org) raised a total of $345,000 through its close on January 31, 2014.
GNHF transferred $225,000 to 11 social service agencies during the holidays. The agencies serve the needy in Essex, Union, Passaic, Hudson, Morris, and Bergen counties.

“The generous people and organizations of New Jersey really opened their hearts to their less fortunate neighbors during our 76th year,” said Frank Ferruggia, GNHF president and a partner at Newark-based law firm McCarter & English LLP. “We’ve received thousands of donations small and large from caring individuals, helped by the Star Ledger’s promotion. Learn more>

January 22, 2014
Greater Newark Holiday Fund Distributes Additional $91,800 to Local Service Agencies

Donations Reach $275,000;
This Year’s Campaign Closes January 31

NEWARK, NJ (January 22, 2014) — In its second distribution of the 2013 campaign, the Greater Newark Holiday Fund (GNHF; www.holidayfund.org) has sent $91,800 to eleven social service agencies to help fund their work on behalf of needy individuals and families in six counties of northern New Jersey. GNHF had distributed $101,500 in mid-December, bringing total distributions for the campaign to $192,800. Learn more>

November 10, 2013
Greater Newark Holiday Fund chairman is dedicated to community service

When he’s not in the boardroom, John Nietzel can probably be found in a soup kitchen or at a charitable community event.
In addition to his work at Investors Bank, where he is a senior vice president, Nietzel also serves on the board of the Paper Mill Playhouse, the Newark Regional Business Partnership and on New Jersey’s Autism Education Foundation and March of Dimes chapter.
Now, he will add to his resume chairman of the 2013 Greater Newark Holiday Fund. The charity raises money throughout the year — especially during the holiday season — to serve the needs of homeless New Jerseyans, abused and neglected children, people living below the poverty line and the elderly.
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