VIP TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE!
As Good Grief's centers in both Morristown and Princeton continue to grow, we expect our 2015 Great Pumpkin Ball to sell out quickly.
Your presence is important to us, please take advantage of our VIP early ticket sales before September14th to ensure your participation as we celebrate the growth that has helped us reach hundreds of grieving children and families throughout New Jersey.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2015
Canoe Brook Country Club
1108 Morris Turnpike | Summit, NJ 07901
Purchase your VIP tickets here.
Hope Award: Michael Hainey, Deputy Editor, GQ Magazine
Michael Hainey is the author of the New York Times best-selling memoir, "After Visiting Friends: A Son's Story." NPR named it a Best Book of the Year, and Amazon named it Best Memoir.
At the center of his unforgettable story of a son's search to discover the truth about his father's death is a powerful story of loss, absence, and the impact these forces have on a family across decades. Hainey was a six year-old boy when his father, a star in the glamorous world of 1960s Chicago newspapermen, died at thirty-five. It was an era without grief counselors; without support groups. The death left behind a thirty-three year-old widow raising two small sons. And all of them searching for answers and a way to move forward with life. "After Visiting Friends" is a universal story that resonates with anyone who has suffered loss and searched for how to heal.
Michael is the Editor-at-Large for GQ and has been a writer and editor there for sixteen years. He also writes for Wired, Conde Nast Traveler, and Architectural Digest, among other magazines. He has written for the New York Times Book Review, as well as The New Yorker. Michael lives in Manhattan with his wife, Brooke.
Francesca Travisano Ambassador Award: The Rev. Paul Jeanes III, Pastor, Trinity Church, Princeton, NJ
The Rev. Paul Jeanes III has served has as rector of Trinity Church in Princeton since 2008. In 2012, Good Grief approached Paul and Trinity Church and asked them to provide a space for Good Grief to support children and families in need of support. Paul and Trinity Church said "yes!", and their faith in our mission led to the success of our programs by allowing us to support families throughout Central New Jersey within their large facilities.
In addition to his support of Good Grief, Paul serves on the board of Trinity Counseling Service and is the Board Chair of the Department of Religious Ministries at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro. He is also active in the Princeton Clergy Association and the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey. Paul is a native of Kentucky and attended Wake Forest University. He received a Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from the Louisville Presbyterian Seminary. He also earned a Diploma in Anglican Studies from General Theological Seminary in New York.
Paul and his wife, Christina, have been married twenty years and have three children-Sophia, John Paul, and Luke.
Corporate Leadership Award: Kenny Battiato, CEO, TSS Facility Services
Good Grief is not just a program-it is a home where a community is formed, lives are rebuilt, and the future is reimagined after loss. TSS Facility Service's CEO, Kenny Battiato, has managed our Morristown center since 2011, when we moved in, helping us make the house a home. He has helped us make a house a home. His team is full of Good Grief heroes and helpers.
Kenny Battiato's commitment to Good Grief is a reflection of his unyielding passion to make a difference in the lives of others. Kenny and his company, TSS Facility Services, strive to always give back to the community by actively participating and supporting organizations like Good Grief.
Kenny founded TSS Facility Services Inc. (TSS) in 1986 by knocking on doors to promote his new company. A graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey, Kenny spent the past twenty-nine years meticulously building TSS into a highly respected leader in the facility maintenance field. As CEO, Kenny defines corporate strategy while overseeing client development and all company operations. Kenny established TSS by means of a very personal and hands-on approach to business and providing an unparalleled level of client service. Today, the company has over eighty-five employees and is led by a highly experienced management team. Kenny and his wife Robyn live in Chatham with their three daughters and are extremely active in their local community.
As we grow our programs in Morristown and expand our services in Princeton, our success is thanks to our generous donors. Our new Princeton home supports two of the top three counties with the highest population of grieving children. Our ability to expand, purchase a permanent home in Princeton, and continue building our vision is because of your support. Your gifts help ensure that New Jersey's children get the help they need when they need it and where they live. Together, we can ensure that no child ever has to grieve alone.
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