Hopewell Harvest Fair awarded grants to twenty-three local nonprofit organizations at last week’s ceremony. Thanks to the generosity of Hopewell Harvest Fair (HHF) sponsors and those who attended this year’s fair, the HHF was able to award close to $7,000. The money will help support special projects and contribute to operating costs of many local charitable causes including several elementary school science fairs throughout the Hopewell Valley, a variety of projects for local seniors, several music and theatre programs and includes donations to Womanspace and the Mercer Street Friends Food Bank.

The Hopewell Harvest Fair is a community building and supporting event that brings together residents of the Hopewell Valley each year. Beyond a single-day event, the fair is 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 $210,000 has been distributed to deserving local groups.

“All of us at the [Hopewell] Harvest Fair are proud to be able to support the good work being done in our community. Once again, we were able to contribute funds to many worthy causes—and it’s all thanks to the members of the community who come out every year to the Fair. Thank you all!” said 2014 Hopewell Harvest Fair Chairperson Julie Sansone.

The following are this year’s Hopewell Harvest Fair Grant recipients: Capital Health, Christine’s Hope for Kids, EASEL Animal Rescue League, Hopewell Public Library, Hopewell Valley Children’s Theatre, Hopewell Valley Chorus, Hopewell Valley Leisure Club, Hopewell Valley Senior Services, Hopewell Valley Youth Chorale, Mercer Street Friends Food Bank, OPIS Foundation, Prevention Education Inc. Kids, RockBrook School, Sourland Conservancy, Watershed, Womanspace, Inc., Elementary PTOs from BearTavern, Hopewell, Stonybrook, & Tollgate Elementary Schools, The HVRSD Special Education PTO and from Hopewell Valley Central High School the PostProm committee, two Scholarships, the Robotics Club & Music Theatre Parent Assoc.

The 29th annual Hopewell Harvest Fair will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2015, 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 It’s a fun and easy way to give back to the community. To learn more about the Hopewell Harvest Fair, visit or email

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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.


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