Abilities celebrates a golden anniversary

Dream • Believe • Achieve Gala raises $119,000 to exceed fundraising goal

More than 210 people gathered at the Hunterdon Hills Playhouse in Hampton, NJ, on May 11 to celebrate Abilities of Northwest Jersey, Inc.’s 50th anniversary. The Dream • Believe • Achieve Gala raised more than $119,000, surpassing this year’s fundraising goal by nearly 20 percent.

Abilities Rockstars perform with Class Act
Abilities Rockstars perform with Class Act

The anniversary celebration, led by Master of Ceremonies Bert Baron from WRNJ Radio, featured a special performance by Abilities’ Rockstars Choir and presentations from:

  • Paul Sterbenz, event sponsor and past president of Abilities’ Board of Trustees
  • Dave Molinaro, current Board president
  • Lynn Alleger, one of Abilities’ founders
  • Carolyn Wolf, a grassroots parent advocate
  • Carol Carter, 41-year service recipient
  • Assemblyman John DiMaio (R-District 23)
  • Abilities CEO Cynthia B. Wildermuth
Abilities CEO Cynthia Wildermuth and Assemblyman John DiMaio (R-District 23), who presented a joint legislative resolution honoring Abilities

“For half a century, Abilities has enabled thousands of individuals to dream about a better future, receive the supports they need to believe in their capabilities, and achieve their goals. It was special to celebrate this evening with them as well as our supporters, friends, staff, and trustees. We’re grateful for our community, proud of our accomplishments, and excited about the future as we continue to provide innovative services for those in need.”

Abilities CEO, Cynthia Wildermuth

For additional pictures, captured by Cathy Miller Photography, visit the Dream • Believe • Achieve google photo album: https://photos.app.goo.gl/KqMGfwahTgmLjsN27

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