M25 Initiative Announces Co-Chairs and Plans for 4th Annual Cumberland County Sock Hop

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M25 Board Vice-President Carlos Mercado and M25 Board Member Freeholder Carol Musso, have announced plans for the 4th Annual Cumberland County Sock Hop to benefit the Cumberland County Code Blue Coalition, Housing First and other related projects for the poor and homeless in Cumberland County.

The dinner and dance fundraiser will be held on March 1, 2019 from 7-11 p.m. at The Grove at Centerton, 1022 Almond Road, Pittsgrove, NJ.

“The Sock Hop has become an annual tradition in Cumberland County and it grows larger each year,” said Carlos Mercado. “This year we had to change our venue to accommodate the growing crowd size. It is amazing to see how our community rallies together to help our neighbors who are poor and homeless. This event not only raises awareness, but it helps fund the Code Blue and Housing First programs in our community.”

The 1950s themed event will feature DJ entertainment, malt shop-type foods, and a photo booth including event-themed props and costumes for attendees. The attire for the event is 50’s themed clothing or business casual.

The event will also feature gift-basket raffles and silent auction items. As part of the event, new socks will be collected for the homeless community.

"The Sock Hop is a fun event that truly demonstrates that compassion found in our county,” said Carol Musso. “This year’s event promises to build upon the successes of our previous Sock Hops. We are hoping to raise even more money so that we can achieve the goal of housing an additional 40 chronically homeless individuals this year, while supporting our volunteers who keep the Code Blue program going.”

Along with Musso and Mercado, the M25 Initiative has named the following honorary chairs of the event:

Mr. Albert Kelly

Mayor – City of Bridgeton, President/CEO and Founder of Gateway Community Action Partnership, Inc. 

Mr. Michael Santiago

Mayor – City of Millville, Millville Director of Public Works

Mr. Anthony Fanucci

Mayor – City of Vineland, Owner and Operator of A.R. Fanucci Insurance and A.R. Fanucci Real Estate

Ms. Celeste  Riley

Clerk – Cumberland County

Ms. Darlene Barber

Deputy Director – Cumberland County Freeholder Board

Mr. Albert Vargas

Council Member – City of Vineland 

Mr. Donald Sullivan

Mayor – Borough of Newfield          

Ms. Bonnie Price

Program Director – Inspira

Ms. Valerie


Analyst – Inspira

Ms. Carolyn Heckman        

(Retired) VP of Community Relations – Inspira

Ms. Elizabeth Hulitt           

Sr. Vice President / Sr. Loan Officer – The First National Bank of Elmer            

Mr. Jeremias Bermudez       

Board of Trustee Member / Pastor – All The Nations Assembly of God       

Ms. Melissa Fox

Chief Operating Officer – Robin's Nest

Ms. Lynn Sungenis

Council Member V.P. – Bethany Grace Community Church

Mr. David Mazowski

Branch Manager – Finance of America        

Mr. Bruce Riley

CEO – Ultra Clean     

Ms. JoAnn


Missionary President – Trinity AME Church

Mr. Praful Thakkar

President – Todd’s News Agency     

Mr. Matthew Wiita

Field Service Manager – Assero Services     

Ms. Laurie Seay and

Ms. Sherri Catalana


“The Honorary Co-Chairs were selected because of their commitment to our community and support of M25. We are grateful for their invaluable support in making this event a success,” said Mercado.

Tickets are $50 for the Sock Hop, and can be purchased at www.sockhop4homeless.com. Alternatively, you can call 1-844-M25-HOPE, or mail your check to: The M25 Initiative, 31 N. Pearl St., Bridgeton, NJ 08302. Donations are also being accepted of gift baskets and silent auction items to be raffled off throughout the evening. Event sponsorships are also available. Please register sponsorships and raffle items through www.sockhop4homeless.com.

The M25 Initiative is a 501c3 non-profit in Cumberland County, NJ created for the sole purpose of engaging, equipping, empowering, and mobilizing individuals and organizations to employ innovative and cooperative solutions to alleviate suffering, feed the hungry, end poverty, reduce crime, revitalize a spirit community and transform lives.

For more information on the M25 Initiative, visit www.m25initiative.org.


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