Jonathan Sobel and Elizabeth Sudler Sobel, representing the Sobel Family Foundation and the Sudler Foundation, honored for serving as champions of NJ Club youth.
On December 1, 2016, the Boys & Girls Clubs in New Jersey celebrated an inspirational evening at the 14th Annual Concert for Kids event filled with talented youth and moving stories about how Boys & Girls Clubs have had a life-changing impact on their lives.
Recognized at the event were the 2016 Northeast Youth of the Year winner, Alexia L. from the Vineland Club, and National Military Youth of the Year, Arianna S. from the Joint Base Dix Youth Center, for their extraordinary stories of hope and achievement. Both Youth of the Year winners exemplify the true Boys & Girls Club values of leadership, service, academic excellence and healthy lifestyles. There was also an outstanding vocal performance by 15-year-old Club member, Allie M. from the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Newark Ironbound.
Jonathan Sobel and Elizabeth Sudler Sobel, representing the Sobel Family Foundation and the Sudler Foundation, were honored for serving as champions of NJ Club youth. In addition, Jonathan and Elizabeth were recognized for their unprecedented and generous commitment of $50,000 over the next five years Youth of the Year scholarships that allow Boys & Girls Club members to further their educational goals.
Following the reception, guests enjoyed a performance by Michael Feinstein, the multi-platinum selling, Emmy and Tony nominated recording artist, singer, pianist and music revivalist, along with some of Broadway’s brightest stars, for a live taping of American Songbook which will air on public television in the near future.
Comedian Joe Piscopo, BGCNJ’s celebrity spokesperson, served as Master of Ceremonies. Nick Miceli, Market President, TD Bank, served as Event Chairman, along with Event Vice Chairs, Ann Burke from Wakefern Food Corporation, Jim Brennan from the Coca-Cola Company, Fay Hamid from Garden State Community Bank and Sally Phipps from Colgate-Palmolive Company for their long-standing support of Boys & Girls Clubs in New Jersey.
The 14th Annual Concert for Kids raised close to $160,000. The proceeds from this event will be used to support the Boys & Girls Clubs in NJ’s State Network of 23 local Boys & Girls Club organizations serving over 70,000 youth throughout the Garden State.
This event would not have been possible without the generous support from the Sobel Family Foundation, Sudler Foundation, Coca-Cola Company, Colgate-Palmolive Company, Garden State Community Bank, Wakefern Food Corporation, Berson Family Supporting Foundation, KRE Group, MCJ Amelior Foundation, PNC, PSEG, Rosica Communications, TD Bank, Tristar Products, Comcast NBCUniversal, Dunn & Bradstreet, Fette Ford-Kia-Infiniti, William E. Johnston, Nicholas Martini Foundation, RWJ Barnabas Health, Sagner Family Foundation, Inserra ShopRite, Wells Fargo, Air Group, LLC, Bijou Properties, Robert Ingato, Joan Standish, Matters of Management, Souder’s Law, LLC, Stop & Shop and Tycher Family Foundation.