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On Wednesday, December 2, 2015, the Hopewell Harvest Fair held its annual grant ceremony to honor the twenty-two local nonprofit organizations which received grants from the 2015 Harvest Fair. Representatives from many of organizations joined members of the Board of Trustees for an evening of thanks, camaraderie, and celebration hosted by Music Together, just outside of Hopewell Borough.

The Hopewell Harvest Fair is a community event that brings together residents of the Hopewell Valley each year but is also a fundraiser for a community grant program that provides support for nonprofit organizations doing important work in the Hopewell Valley. A percentage of all proceeds from the Fair go directly to the program. Since its inception, over $215,000 has been distributed to deserving local groups.

This year, thanks to the generosity of sponsors and fair attendees, the Hopewell Harvest Fair was able to award $4,000 to support operating costs and/or special projects of many local nonprofits, including just to name a few, Middle and High School Robotics Clubs, a variety music and theatre programs, projects for our senior population, and donations to OSIP Foundation and the Sunshine Foundation.

“At the grant ceremony, we are able to hear first-hand how these Harvest Fair grant funds make a difference to the organizations and people those organizations serve,” said 2015 Hopewell Harvest Fair Chairperson Rebecca Coyle. “There is a great amount of good work being done in our community and we are proud to be able to support some of these organizations through our grants.  Our Harvest Fair grant program, which has now distributed over $200,000 in funds in the Fair’s almost thirty years, is a direct result of the community coming out to support the Hopewell Harvest Fair, so we appreciate the continued support of the entire Hopewell Valley!”

The 2015 Hopewell Harvest Fair Grant recipients are as follows:

  • Down Syndrome Assoc of Central NJ
  • HomeFront
  • Hopewell Public Library
  • Hopewell Valley Chorus
  • Hopewell Valley Girl Scouts 70175
  • Hopewell Valley Lions Club
  • Hopewell Valley Senior Services
  • Hopewell Valley Youth Chorale
  • HVCHS Robotics Club
  • HVCHS scholarships
  • Infinity Robotics
  • Let Me Run (Hopewell)
  • Mercer Street Friends Food Bank
  • OSIP Foundation
  • Sunshine Foundation
  • Voices
  • Womanspace, Inc.

In addition to these organizations, PTOs from the following district schools were also recipients: Hopewell Elementary, Tollgate Grammar School , Stonybrook Elementary, Timberlane Middle School, and the Special Education

The 30th Annual Hopewell Harvest Fair will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2016, from 10 AM–4 PM, on the grounds of the Hopewell Elementary School on Princeton Avenue. The Planning Committee is now beginning to organize, and there are many open positions, large and small. If you are interested in volunteering, please email volunteer@hopewellharvestfair.org. It’s a fun and easy way to give back to the community.

To learn more about the Hopewell Harvest Fair, visit www.hopewellharvestfair.org or email info@hopewellharvestfair.org.

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.

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