Earlier this summer, the Alcaro family received some distressing news. Brett Alcaro was diagnosed with bile duct cancer at the primary site, with secondary liver cancer. Prior to his illness, Brett was the farmer for Gravity Hill Farm. He is a father to a one and half year old and his wife, Germaine (Murray) Alcaro is five months pregnant with their second child.Currently undergoing chemotherapy, he is unable to work and the bills are starting to accrue. Friends and colleagues of the Alcaros family are holding a fundraising dinner to help with expenses.

The “Benefit Potluck Dinner & Silent Auction” will this this Sunday, September 27 at 5pm at Blue Moon Acres, located at 11 Willow Creek Drive, Pennington, NJ. Music will be provided by The Laundrymen and, while the event is potluck, there will be food donated by Lucy’s Ravioli, Applegate Farm (hot dogs and sausages) and Bent Spoon (ice cream). The food will be for sale by donation with all proceeds going to the family.

There will be many items in the silent auction for attendees to bid on including gift certificates for yoga, massage, acupuncture, local farm csa shares, fine artwork and crafts, $100.00 gift certificates to Nomad Pizza, local meat products and much more.

Everyone is invited to come to the dinner, whether you know the family, or to donate something for the silent auction to help this family through a very difficult time. For the event FaceBook page, check out

If you are unable to attend, please consider making a small donation, electronically via a website initially set up for a 5K fundraiser for the family. See this link:

If you cannot make this fundraiser but want to attend another, there will be one in New York in October. See this link:



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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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