The main mantra in the office is~ “WORK HARD, PLAY HARD, AND GIVE BACK AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE”
GEM Cares is our opportunity to do just that – to utilize our success, our reach and our resources for a variety of charities that are near and dear to all of us – even a group of underpaid, under-appreciated and overworked school teachers!!! Our philanthropy and our giving spirit knows no bounds . . .
AMERICAN CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
GEM was pleased to sponsor the American Christian School’s yearly fundraiser banquet. The American Christian School is committed to graduating students with both strong academics and character that will last a lifetime. We are so happy to help them achieve their vision through continued sponsorship.
WEST BERGEN MENTAL HEALTHCARE
GEM was happy to be a part of West Bergen Mental Healthcare’s event “A Fall Night of Fine Dining”. We were so happy to donate and help raise money for a such a great cause. The proceeds will benefit the programs and services of West Bergen including The Center for Children and Youth. The Center provides counseling and psychiatric services for young people 2 – 18 years of age. To date, more than 8,500 youngsters and their families have been helped.
THE ACADEMY OF OUR LADY OF PEACE
Just another way to show support for our community, GEM was happy to provide a luncheon for the school, feeding over 150 people. Founded in 1954, The Academy of Our Lady of Peace is a Catholic elementary school serving children in grades Pre-Kindergarten to 8th Grade. Students come from New Providence as well as surrounding communities and parishes of Berkeley Heights, Summit, Mountainside, Chatham and North Plainfield.
HACKENSACK MERIDIAN HEALTH
Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation
GEM was thrilled to sponsor ‘The Suits’ in the annual Sanzari Charitable Motorcycle Run for HMUC. It was an amazing event that brought a lot of good people together for a fantastic cause. Happy to say that GEM and The Suits raised a lot of money for Hackensack University Medical Center, while having a killer time. Donations to HMUC help to advance clinical research and educate the medical leaders of tomorrow.
Gem was so happy to be able to give the Epic School a Bretford PowerSync+ Charging Cart as well as 5 Ipad Air 2 Devices.
The PowerSync+ Cart™ sets the new standard with ground-breaking features that allow the school to remotely check connected devices, freeing up time for them to focus on other tasks.It also allows the Epic School to store, charge, sync, and transport their Ipad devices to any room in their building, while keeping their content in sync.
So glad we could help!
In the United States today, more than 3.5 million Americans live with autism. The Educational Partnership for Instructing Children (EPIC) is a local school dedicated to providing educational services for individuals with autism. EPIC uses the highly effective, scientifically documented method of applied behavior analysis to teach new skills and increase independence.
Gem is extremely proud to show ongoing support for the EPIC School. President and CEO Kevin Dalessandro sits on their Business Advisory Council and is excited to help develop a “Customized Employment” program which will help students obtain training opportunities and acquire the skills necessary to be competitively employed after graduation.
GRACE EPISCOPAL CHURCH
GEM was so happy to hear that the Annual Fundraiser at Grace Episcopal Church was such a success! We were thrilled that our donation of a 60″ Smart TV helped to reach the goal of raising $ 30,000, and we could be a part of helping support the church’s programs, ministries & aid to communities around the world!
Team GEM Cares rides in the Go the Distance for Autism Event For Nicole Luparello and The Epic School
Gem was so proud to Ride Jersey Strong and show our support for the EPIC School. We had a blast and met awesome people at the “GO the Distance for Autism” event on May 22nd. The event was a fantastic success, raising money to help families that deal with autism. Team GEM Cares rode for Nicole Luparello. Nicole is a special girl who is a student at EPIC, and the daughter of a colleague and friend.
THE GRAMON FAMILY OF SCHOOLS
EASTERN CHRISTIAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
A program near and dear to our hearts. GEM staff volunteers yearly to work with the athletes and make their experience a memorable one. (We may just have more fun than they do!)
POLAR BEAR PLUNGE fOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS
In February, Team GEM heads down to the Jersey Shore in the off season to take part in the plunge to raise money for Special Olympics New Jersey. No boardwalk games, no roller coasters, just a dip in the extremely frigid Atlantic!
HEALTH BARN, USA – HEALING MEALS
Food gifting program, providing nutritious meals for families with children being treated for a variety of serious illnesses. Each month, GEM employees volunteer to help prepare the meals that are distributed to families through Tomorrows Children’s Fun at Hackensack University Medical Center and through Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Program at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Paterson, NJ.
WALDWICK SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST SCHOOL
Gem is happy to show support through continued sponsorship of the Waldwick Seventh Day Adventist School. Sunday April 10th was the 8th / 12th grade Brunch Pancake Fundraiser. GEM was happy to help make the event possible by supplying the fixings for the pancakes. Hope you all enjoyed the deliciousness and that the event was a success!
TEACHER APPREATION WEEK
May is not only a time to celebrate mothers, it’s also an opportunity to applaud teachers!!! GEM is proud to participate in the Teacher Appreciation breakfast for the Wyckoff Teacher’s Association.
BREAST CANCER AWARENESS, OCTOBER
If you sat in a crowded room and looked to your left and then to your right, chances are you’ve just laid eyes on someone who has their own story of how breast cancer has affected a special person in their life, if not that person herself. GEM President and CEO Kevin Dalessandro knows firsthand just how much of an impact it has – his wife is a breast cancer survivor. GEM will donate a portion of the profit of every sale in the month of October to a local charity dedicated to help in the fight against this disease.
FIRST REFORMED CHURCH, HASBROUCK HEIGHTS
Regular donations to their area food pantry, as well as the Center for Food Action and volunteering/donating to the Roast Beef fundraising dinner held in November.
THE COOPERATIVE NURSERY SCHOOL oF RIDGEWOOD
Continuing to stay involved with the local community, GEM utilized our own technology resources to provide the printed programs for the school’s Music Festival in July.
BRIAN A. CAMINITI MEMORIAL GOLF OUTING
Partnered with Tomorrows Children’s Fund, the outing, now in its 27th year, is a day for all levels of golfers (GEM has its share of hackers!) to play a round and help raise money for many of the incredible things TCF does every day.
NEW HOPE COMMUNITY MINISTRIES & CHRIST COMMUNITY CHURCH
Continuing our participation on the local level, GEM makes regular donations for a variety of both organizations’ endeavors to help those less fortunate