Red Bank lunch break supporters will be honored at the gala

RED BANK, NJ — Lunch Break’s annual fall gala is themed “Renewing the Promise of Hope.”

And it’s a theme that’s particularly meaningful to Executive Director Gwendolyn Love.

“This year’s gala marks a turning point in Lunch Break’s history, as we celebrate the success of our fundraising expansion and the recent merger of Family Promise of Monmouth County,” Love said.

The gala will take place on Friday, October 14 at Park Loft, Oceanport, and honors those who have contributed time, money and vision to the social service agency Lunch Break.

The host of the evening will be Siobhan Fallon Hogan, film producer, screenwriter and actor of “Seinfeld”, “Forrest Gump” and “Men in Black”.

“We are delighted to have noted film producer and actress Siobhan Fallon Hogan as our host and are thrilled to be among the first events to premiere at the new Park Loft on the grounds of historic Fort Monmouth. I couldn’t be prouder of our award winners, who exemplify Lunch Break’s mission in their daily lives and work.

The 2022 winners include leaders in the philanthropic community such as Jeremy Grunin, Chairman of the Grunin Foundation and Grunin Group, who will receive the Norma Todd Service Award; Dr. Thomas and Bonnie Johnson, Heart to Hand Award recipients; and Jamie Giovinazzo, founder of Eat Clean Bro, and Paul Sansone Jr., owner of Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall, recipients of the Corporate Platinum Partner Award.

The evening, which will run from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., will feature fine dining, dancing, entertainment, raffles and an auction of high-end items, organizers said in a statement.

Tickets are $400 per person; the seats are limited. Sponsorship, advertising and subscription opportunities are also available.

Proceeds will benefit Lunch Break’s mission to provide food security and social services, clothing, fellowship, life skills and housing assistance to those who are food and financially insecure in Monmouth County and beyond.

Ticket and sponsor information is available online.

Learn more about the contributions of the winners of the event:

  • Jeremy grunin, President of the Grunin Foundation and the Grunin Group, Norma Todd Service Award. For more than 10 years, Grunin has been actively involved in the community as President of the Grunin Foundation, a proactive grantmaking organization focused on economic growth in the central Jersey Shore. He has held several volunteer leadership positions with non-profit and advocacy groups, including Lunch Break. Over the years, the foundation has supported Executive Director Love and the Lunch Break Resource Center with operational and capital assistance, which has benefited individuals, the community and the economy as a whole. He is a partner in Grunin Holdings, LLC., a New Jersey partnership specializing in investing in third-party business ventures. He has served as a pro bono advisor to nonprofit organizations such as the Count Basie Center for the Arts, New Jersey Center for Nonprofits, New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Community Medical Center, and Monmouth University, to name a few.
  • Dr. Thomas and Bonnie Johnson, hand heart prize. Volunteers Thomas and Bonnie Johnson began their decade-plus affiliation with Lunch Break when Bonnie joined the board in 2011. Love soon asked her to chair the first-ever fundraiser, and Bonnie agreed on condition. that Tom becomes the budget manager. and expense monitor. They have since applied their wisdom and experience in the current election campaign. Long-time residents of Red Bank enjoy the challenge of raising funds to continually improve the services that Lunch Break provides to the community, and they are thrilled to work with such talented committee members. Deeply dedicated to promoting healthier, stronger homes and human dignity, the Johnsons were tireless volunteers. Bonnie began her social justice journey in the early 1990s, when she served on the board of directors for 180 Turning Lives Around, and served as a board member for the Community YMCA and Center at Asbury Park. She is currently a founding board member of the Visiting Nurse Association and volunteers weekly with Interfaith Neighbors in Asbury Park. Bonnie sits on the lunch break advisory board and volunteers weekly in the donation room. Tom, who has delivered meals to seniors, teaches young students in the Lunch Break Life Skills program and volunteers weekly at the Asbury Park Centre.
  • Jamie Giovinazzo, founder of Eat Clean Bro, Corporate Platinum Partner Award. Giovinazzo’s mission has been to help improve people’s health and happiness, and the fast-growing Eat Clean Bro meal prep delivery company is his brainchild. He set out to change people’s lives by giving them nutritious food options and a chance to improve their health, as well as fight obesity. He started his business about a decade ago, dropping his last $300 in groceries which he converted into more than 80 customer meals, and since then the business has been delivering fresh meals ( never frozen) to customers in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and beyond. Every month, Eat Clean Bro donates thousands of meals to local food banks – Lunch Break being among the regular recipients.
  • Paul Sansone Jr., owner, Sansone Jr’s 66 Automall, Corporate Platinum Partner Award. Paul Sansone Jr. has been the driving force behind New Jersey’s premier auto dealerships for nearly four decades. To give back to the community that supported his businesses, Sansone created the “Hope For A Ride” program. Sansone Jr’s 66 Automall partners with local non-profit organizations, such as Lunch Break, to donate vehicles to local families and individuals in need of reliable transportation. Whether it’s commuting to work, driving a family member to ongoing medical treatment, or driving to school for a degree, these gifts can be life changing. Since the program’s inception, Sansone Jr. has donated nearly 50 cars. Its dealers also participate in the “Basket Brigade”, which provides hundreds of meals to families in need during the holiday season. He and his wife, Christine, are residents of Monmouth Beach.

Gala host Siobhan Fallon Hogan has her own lunch break connections.

She will next be seen in a supporting role in “Eileen,” starring Anne Hathaway and Thomasin McKenzie, and directed by William Oldroyd. She and her husband, actor and producer Peter Hogan, established Emerald Caz Productions in 2019.

Married to former Lunch Break Board member Peter Hogan for 29 years, Siobhan and Peter are both longtime supporters of Lunch Break’s mission, the press release said.

For more information on sponsorships and gala tickets, contact Development Manager Jill Gwydir-Govel at 732-747-8577, Ext. 3107, or [email protected]

Lunch Break accepts donations online at www.lunchbreak.org or at its corporate office, 121 Drs. James Parker Boulevard at the Red Bank.

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