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You're Invited to Bergen Family Center's Gala Fundraiser and Auction

Celebrating 125 Years of Strengthening Families

November 2nd, 2023 - Montammy Country Club, Alpine, NJ

Our Gala will honor remarkable individuals whose dedication and contributions have played a pivotal role in BFC's success.

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Reverend Sanetta Ponton

Meet Rev. Sanetta Ponton, a dedicated leader at the intersection of faith, justice, and community engagement. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, she spearheaded a platform uniting agencies and nonprofits to address Englewood residents' needs. Her advocacy targets the digital divide, food insecurity, and housing concerns post-Hurricane Ida. As Co-Convener of Women Who Minister, she passionately supports women in Christian ministry. Her remarkable contributions earned her prestigious awards, including the NAACP's Rev. Thomas Johnson Religious/Civic Award, the Community Award from the Rotary Club of Englewood, and the Community Change Maker Award from the Women's Right's Information Center. Currently serving as Pastor of Justice, Advocacy, and Compassion at Metro Community Church, and Director of Metro Community Center in Englewood, NJ, she continues to inspire and uplift, leaving a positive impact on countless lives. Rev. Ponton is a resident of Englewood, NJ and is a proud product of the Englewood public school system. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in African American Studies from Columbia University, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and a Master of Divinity degree (magna cum laude) from Duke Divinity School.

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Jeff and Rosemary Russell

Meet Rosemary and Jeff Russell, a dynamic couple whose love for Englewood and dedication to community service have made a lasting impact on their city. In 1990, they moved from New York, drawn by Englewood's natural beauty. Immersing themselves in the community while raising their three children, they quickly became involved in various local organizations. Jeffrey's altruistic spirit led him to volunteer with Englewood Little League, the Community Chest, and the Flat Rock Brook Nature Center, where he continues to serve on the Finance Committee. Rosemary's passion for volunteerism led her to the Junior League of Bergen County, her children's schools, and humanitarian efforts like the medical mission to Peru. Their involvement with the Bergen Family Center began when their son joined Youth in Action, and they are proud supporters of the organization's diverse community programming. Jeffrey holds degrees from MIT and Wharton School and has extensive experience as a mutual fund portfolio manager. Rosemary graduated from the University of Notre Dame and holds an MBA from NYU, reflecting her commitment to personal and professional growth. Together, Rosemary and Jeff Russell embody the true spirit of community service, making Englewood and Bergen Family Center a better place for the entire community.

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Yolanda Salazar

Meet Yolanda Salazar, a highly experienced and dedicated bilingual/bi-cultural Educator originally from the Dominican Republic. With over 23 years of invaluable expertise within the Englewood Public Schools system, Yolanda has made a profound impact on the lives of countless students. Yolanda's passion for education led her to obtain her Special Ed/Early childhood certification from Felician College. Her outstanding contributions as an educator did not go unnoticed, as she was rightfully elected "Teacher of the Year" for Quarles School in 2016, a recognition of her exceptional teaching abilities and devotion to her students. In 2017, Yolanda became an integral part of the Bergen Family Center, contributing significantly to the Pre-k Expansion Grant as a Pre-School Intervention and Referral Specialist. Additionally, she serves as the Director of After-school programs for BFC, enriching the lives of young learners beyond the traditional school day. Yolanda's dedication to promoting equality and inclusion in education extends beyond the classroom. Yolanda Salazar continues to inspire and uplift, leaving a profound and lasting impact on the lives of those she serves.

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Frank Skuthan

Meet Frank Skuthan, the esteemed Treasurer of the BFC Board of Trustees, whose extensive career in banking and finance spans over 45 years, making him a highly valuable asset to the organization. With a deep understanding of financial management, budgeting, and investment strategies, Frank's expertise plays a crucial role in ensuring sound financial decisions for the organization's growth and stability.

Currently serving as the General Manager of Sagebrush Partners, LLC, Frank provides invaluable consulting services. sFrank has a strong commitment to supporting and empowering others in the industry. Frank also holds the position of Director at Hudson Valley Investment Advisors, a prominent $1.2 billion registered investment advisor and a subsidiary of Orange County Bancorp (NASDAQ), further highlighting his influence and experience in the financial sector. Beyond his professional achievements, Frank's passion for running has led him to complete multiple marathons and ultra-marathons, reflecting his dedication and determination in all aspects of life. In addition to his commitments at BFC, Frank is actively involved with other not-for-profit organizations in Bergen County, such as Family Promise. Frank Skuthan is an exceptional leader who continues to make a significant impact on the financial world and the community around him.

Don't Miss Our Special Gala Gathering

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Celebrate 125 Years

Join us as we come together, inspired by the past and driven by the future, to ensure Bergen Family Center's legacy of compassion and care continues for generations to come. Together, let's celebrate 125 years of transforming lives and building a brighter future for all.

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Silent Auction

Our captivating Silent Auction is where you can bid on amazing experiences, luxurious spa treatments, and priceless treasures. Once again, we'll be opening the bidding even before the Gala starts so you can discover hidden gems while supporting the BFC's vital programs and services.

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LIVE Auction

Bid on bargains and one-of-a-kind experiences, exclusive artwork, and rare collectibles. This is one of the most exciting events of the evening as our guests bid items and help make Bergen Family Center in it's mission to impact the lives of families in Bergen County.

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Cool Lux Baskets

Indulge in the finer things in life with a collection of exquisite wine and spirits, cigars, and humidor basket. Or a maybe a tech basket jammed with everything Apple is more your style. Perhaps a Louis Vuitton Neverfull bag! Our Lux Baskets give you a chance to walk away with a basket of dreams.

How We Strengthen Families

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In The Lives of Thousands of Families

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Why BFC means so much to so many.

The Numbers Show How We Work to Strengthen Families


CHILDREN & Parents

Childcare and Education Programs



Programs for Positive Life Choices



SESCIL & Our Adult Day Program

These achievements were made possible by your contributions, the dedication of our volunteers and staff, government grants, foundation support and client fees, Local businesses, religious institutions and schools provided volunteers
and Your financial support.

Counseling & Intervention



Received family court assessments



Received support to manage their HIV diagnosis



Received individual counseling from Bergen Family Center.

We help victims of domestic violence and sexual assault - Families facing challenges that disrupt their lives - Individuals diagnosed with or affected by HIV/AIDS - Families & adolescents involved with family court.

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