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Other Fellow First Foundation's annual turkey drive deemed a success
By Barbara Rybolt / Independant Press
SUMMIT - On Sunday, Nov. 20, the Other Fellow First Foundation held its annual collection of frozen turkeys, canned goods and cash at its headquarters, the Summit Diner.
Brett Haire, chairman of the foundation said. “The weather was great and we had a huge crowd from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.
This is the fourth annual drive and in the course of the four years, the foundation has collected 12.5 tons of turkeys, six tons of groceries and more than $72,000 in cash, according to Haire.
“The victorious, undefeated Summit football team was there to greet and thank all of our donors,” he said. The team will take on Madison on Friday, Dec. 2, at Kean University for the sectional title.
“Also on hand to thank the donors personally were Kathleen DiChiara, founder of the Community FoodBank, which is the beneficiary of all the donations, as well as Mayor Jordan Glatt, Councilman Steve Murphy, former Council President Frank Macioce, bestselling author Bryan Burrough and a host of volunteers who have helped us over the years,” Haire said.
Lois Schneider Realtor covered the group’s advertising and promotional expenses and the Summit Diner provided refreshments for donors and volunteers.
Mayor Glatt, when asked, since this was his last turkey drive said, “Summit rose to the occasion and, despite the tough economic times, once again distinguished itself by being a little city with a huge heart.”
It’s not too late to help, visit the foundation’s website at summitdiner.org , where there is information on how to donate.
Turkey Drive 2010
In Summit, turkey drive run by Other Fellow First Foundation is a huge success
By Independant Press
SUMMIT, New Jersey, 40 communities participated in this year’s turkey drive before Thanksgiving to benefit the Community Food Bank of New Jersey. As was the case for the last two years, counting the value of turkeys, groceries and cash, the little city of Summit, led the state again. In three short hours, the people of Summit donated 3 tons of frozen turkeys, more than 1.5 tons of groceries and $4,600 in cash.
The turkey drive, spearheaded by Mayor Jordan Glatt and Summit’s Other Fellow First Foundation, was held outside the Summit Diner on the Sunday afternoon before Thanksgiving. Hundreds of local residents showed up to contribute, and dozens volunteered to unload cars and pack food into the Food Bank’s waiting truck. Mayor Glatt was quick to point out the success of this year’s effort would not have been possible without the very generous underwriting support of Lois Schneider Realtor.
So, for the last three years of effort, the little foundation has produced a very significant 10 tons of turkeys, 5 tons of groceries and $69,600 in cash.
Kathleen DiChiara, CEO of the NJCFB, and a Summit resident, told OFFF’s Brett Haire that in the aggregate, Summit collected more turkeys, related groceries and cash than any other participating town in the drive.
Mayor Glatt said, he was “not surprised by Summit’s generosity. Many communities are having a tough time today and Summit is no exception. However, Summit and this little foundation have huge hearts and have always responded generously when asked for help.”
The OFFF a local fundraising charity headquartered in the Summit Diner exists to help New Jersey families in distress. Several young Foundation volunteers assisted donating residents by helping them unload their cars of turkeys and groceries. Timothy Muller, age 11, said, “It was great fun to be so busy helping raise so much food and money to help the NJ Community Food Bank.” Another volunteer, Tyler Gump, age 17 added, “It was awesome to see so many people respond to this small foundation’s request for help.”
DiChiara, said she was overwhelmed with her hometown’s support of her turkey drive. “The current financial crisis has placed a new and heavy burden on the Food Bank, which finds its services in demand as never before. The results achieved by Mayor Glatt and the OFFF have made a huge difference in the efforts of the NJ Community Food Bank and we are most grateful.”
Turkey Drive 2009
Summit Residents Filled A Truck For The Community FoodBank
By Independant Press
|SUMMIT — Actions speak louder than words.
“Following the collapse of Lehman Brothers last fall, BusinessWeek and CNN tried to suggest that Summit was an exceptionally vulnerable town,” said Summit resident and Other Fellow First Foundation founder Brett Haire. “While no town in America is an island today, our residents, while still challenged, demonstrated in three hours recently that we are still the most generous zip code in the state.”
Picture a beautiful fall day: no clouds, no wind, 50 degrees and an army of family volunteers hovering around the Summit Diner awaiting the arrival of the turkey truck.
This was the setting for the second annual frozen turkey drive sponsored by the Other Fellow First Foundation (summitdiner.org) on Nov. 22. All food and donations collected went to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, which is based in Hillside and was founded by Summit resident Kathleen DiChiara. Before the 1 p.m. start, local residents had already dropped off 50 turkeys. As the afternoon unfolded, hundreds of donor
|cars, greeted by grateful volunteers, pulled up to the huge truck. Drivers didn’t need to park, as the volunteers opened the doors, removed their gifts and thanked them profusely for the generosity.
The Fire Department and the Police Department each sent off-duty representatives to stand by in a quiet show of community support. Additionally, because the day was so glorious, many stuck around after making their donations to enjoy the festival-like ambience of the afternoon. Refreshments were served, and the community relished a great opportunity to enjoy itself. “As we all know,” Haire said, “Summit is a community rich in diversity. This rainbow was brilliant on Sunday. Families from every color spectrum, young and old, showed up to help the less fortunate and fill the truck. While impressive, the most conspicuous and heartwarming display of goodwill came from Summit’s youngest of families. For example, the McKeons, having just broken open the family piggy bank, had their two children, Mary, age 15, and Patrick, age 9, proudly deposit $112 into the big water jug receptacle for the cash. Other young families, walking hand in hand, had their four- and five-year-old children deposit cans or bags that were often as big as they were into the truck.” Summit is a small New Jersey city, Haire said, “and the Summit Diner, headquarters of the Other Fellow First Foundation, which exists to assist New Jersey families in distress, is one of the smallest diners in the state. Yet despite this diminutive backdrop, Summit once again managed to lead the other 36 participating communities with its generosity. In three hours, this little partnership managed to collect 342 turkeys, 3,100 pounds of groceries and $6,600.00 in donations, once again proving the point that nice things come in little packages.”
Mayor Jordan Glatt, a driving force behind the event, said of the event, “Actions speak louder than words. Summit might be a small city with plenty of economic challenges today. However, events like this one conclusively prove that our little city has a huge heart, with our best days ahead of us.” At the end of the day, just like last year, Summit filled the turkey truck. Haire said, “While Sunday’s results were gratifying, the needs of New Jersey’s hungry this year are still overwhelming. If you missed the drive and would still like to help, please drop a check in the mail to The Other Fellow First Foundation, c/o Brett Haire, 47 Summit Ave., Summit 07901. The success of each year’s drive hinges on the support of the foundation’s underwriters, who help pay for the advertising to get the word out. The ank all of the volunteers and donors who once again responded so generously to the needs of the less fortunate.” OFFF would like to thank Hilltop Community Bank, Natale’s Bakery, the James Conover family and the Community Foundation of New Jersey for making this year’s drive such a huge success. Finally, the OFFF would like to thank all of the volunteers and donors who once again responded so generously to the needs of the less fortunate.”
TURKEY TRUCK TIME - Griffin Burrough, left, and Harrison Glatt brought in lots of turkeys -- a trunk full.
TEACHING THE YOUNGER GENERATION - Among those who helped make this year's Other Fellow First Foundation collection for the Community FoodBank of New Jersey a success were, from left, Rich, will and Daniel O'Connell.
FAMILY AND FRIENDS - Ready to add their contribution to the turkey truck that will supply donations to the Community FoodBank from Summit residents are, from left, AJ Gardner, Other Fellow First founder Brett Haire and Ryan Gardner.