The ADC hosts two fundraising events each year to raise operating support.
The Generations Gala is our signature event where we present a deserving member of the community with the Steve Kalafer Community Leadership Award. Now in its eleventh year, please save the date for November 9, 2022 at The Palace at Somerset Park. We will announce our 2022 awardee in the spring.
Our 2021 honoree was James Hughes, President and CEO of Unity Bank. The Gala was held on November 16, 2021.
The ADC has renamed its Generations Gala Award as the Steve Kalafer Community Leadership Award to honor the memory of the late entrepreneur and longtime ADC supporter, Steve Kalafer.
Steve was a passionate supporter of many non-profits in New Jersey, and we were honored to be one of them. He was committed to our mission of providing compassionate day care services and making sure we had the resources needed to take care of our members and caregivers. He was a loyal and generous neighbor, providing both financial contributions to the Center’s building project, annual campaign and special events, and leadership to the Inaugural Gala in 2011. He received the Generations Gala Award in 2017.
Thank you to the Kalafer Family for letting us honor Steve in this way.
Getting Better with Age Wine Tasting and Fundraising Event
Now in its 24th year, our wine tasting is held in the spring and is scheduled for Thursday, June 16th. Thanks to the leadership and generosity of Carolina Wine Brands we will enjoy a night of cocktails, dinner, entertainment while trying new wines and raising funds for the ADC. In addition, we will present the sixth annual Anita and Jim Ventantonio Volunteerism Award. Save the date for June 16th at the Raritan Valley Country Club.
The Anita and Jim Ventantonio Volunteerism Award was named in memory of Bridgewater residents Jim and Anita Ventantonio to recognize exemplary volunteers who have shared their time and talent with the ADC. The Ventantonios made generous contributions of financial resources and leadership to the ADC and to the greater Somerset County community. Jim served on the Board of Trustees and subsequently served as legal counsel when ADC was a tenant at the People Care Center. Anita sat on the Board of Trustees from 2012 – 2015 and served as Chair.
Join us for the the Adult Day Center of Somerset County's 11th Annual Generations Gala
on Tuesday, November 9, 2022
from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. We are delighted to announce that the honorees for our Generations Gala are:
Jim Gibson, Steve Kalafer Community Leadership Award
SSP Architects, Community Partner
About our honorees:
The recipient of the second annual Steve Kalafer Community Leadership Award is Jim Gibson. Jim is formerly the President of Gibson Tube. Jim’s father, Glenn Gibson, started the family business in their basement, making small diameter stainless steel tubing. After three years, the business grew and moved to an industrial building in Berkeley Heights, much to his mother’s relief. Jim started learning the business after receiving a degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Tennessee. By 1982, Jim had become the President and in 1999, he sold the business. Since then, Jim has been involved with many philanthropic entities and has served on various boards including The Audubon Society, the Somerset Hills YMCA, and The Trust for Public Land. Jim focuses his time managing his family farm in Basking Ridge with his wife Jill where they stay busy raising chickens, goats and pigs. Jim and Jill are noted philanthropists, having made impactful donations to Raritan Valley Community College, Alternatives Inc., and to the ADC. Jim’s brother Greg was a member at the ADC for over nine years.
We are pleased to present SSP Architects as our Community Partner. SSP Architects is a long-standing Somerset County-based architectural firm positively impacting people, businesses, and communities through their design work. Proudly providing architectural expertise for 131 years, SSP is known for their exceptional service and thoughtful interpretation of their clients’ needs while focusing on the benefits a quality-designed building can bring to its occupants - especially in schools, offices, and spaces serving older adults and those with a disability. SSP was the architect that helped ADC realize its vision of a new, engaging facility of its own in 2011, and they have remained our partners in the subsequent years by providing advice and counsel as well as philanthropic support of our fundraising events and capital campaign.