Thanks to our Supporters, Brain Injury Awareness Month 2018 Raised over $45,000!

May 21, 2018 by  
Filed under Events, News

Members, staff and Board of Trustees of Opportunity Project thank you for your support of and participation in Brain Injury Awareness Month 2018Because of you, we raised over $44,000 to support brain injury awareness programs and prevention, the highest amount ever! Your much appreciated support enables Opportunity Project to provide support services for brain injury survivors who have limited to no source of funding.

We launched Brain Injury Awareness Month on March 1, 2018 with Mayor Cheryl Burstein of Millburn who issued a proclamation declaring March 2018 Brain Injury Awareness Month. We wore green and provided brain injury prevention information at the Millburn Free Public Library in observance of Congressional Brain Injury Awareness Day. Thank you Mr. Banick, Director of the Millburn Free Public Library for your support.

Mayor Cheryl H Burstein of Millburn issued a proclamation declaring March 2018 Brain Injury Awareness Month.


OP’s Blue Jean Day to pull raffle prize winners and celebrate a successful Brain Injury Awareness Month!


Congressional Brain Injury Awareness Day- sharing information at the Millburn Free Public Library. Thank you Mr. Banick!

Blue Jean Day was back by popular demand, participating organizations hosted a Blue Jean Day to support OP’s Brain Injury Awareness Month Programs. Thank you to this year’s Blue Jean Day supporters at: The Fidelco Group, Lester Schwab Katz & Dwyer LLP, Mandelbaum Salsburg and Jersey City Medical Center (RWJ Barnabas Health).

Thank you Cheryl Burstein and Team Mandelbaum Salsburg for hosting a Blue Jean Day!


Our 4th Annual Healthy Brain Healthy Me Day promoting healthy living, nutrition and exercise for brain health and recovery, was a great success! Thank you Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and RWJ Barnabas Health for sponsoring Healthy Brain Healthy Me Day. We also thank Kings Short Hills, Shop Rite Millburn, Millburn Deli, The Salad House, Bhakti Barn Yoga, Dr. Ernest A. Ehrhardt, Ron Esposito from AAA and Dr. Nancy D. Chiaravalloti from The Kessler Foundation for partnering with us.


Thank you to all of our HBHM Day supporters!


Tamara Tsoutsouris from Bhakti Barn Yoga provides instruction on a seated pose.


We enjoyed delicious food tastings from OP’s Nutrition Group.

The Battle of the Badges Cook-off between the Millburn Firefighters and Police Officers was the final event for Brain Injury Awareness Month. It was a fun-filled and successful event, raising over $5,000 going directly towards Opportunity Project’s brain injury programs and awareness activities! Congratulations to Officer Lester Manuyag from the Millburn Police Department for taking home the Best Chef trophy!

Congratulations to the Millburn Police for winning the Cook-off trophy!

Thank to our supporters who provided prize donations: The Fidelco Group, Paper Mill Playhouse, Morey’s Piers, Massage Envy Short Hills, La Pergola, Bhakti Barn Yoga, Salon La Mode, Harmon, Bed Bath & Beyond, AAA Northeast, Connie Bolger, Somerset Patriots, So I Heard Music, Gian Marco Trattoria, Oscar’s Deli & Restaurant, La Strada Nuova, Casita Mexican, Chocolate Works, The Millburn Police and Fire Departments, and President’s Club Barber Shop.

We are pleased to announce this year’s raffle winners:

  • 3 NY Jets Luxury Suite Tickets to a 2018 Season Game – Tamara Krikorian
  • 2 Paper Mill Playhouse Tickets to Halftime – Tim Ward
  • 4 VIP passes to Morey’s Piers Beachfront Waterparks – Gail London
  • Massage Envy 60-minute session plus essential oils gift pack – Ruth Troche
  • $100 La Pergola Restaurant Gift Certificate – Rita Yohalem
  • Bhakti Barn Yoga 5 Class Card – Kevin Mukalel
  • Basket of Gift Certificates from Salon La Mode, Harmon and Bed Bath and Beyond – Dana Coleman
  • AAA Basic Annual Membership and Swag Bag – Katrina Boggiano
  • Beauty Basket large – Amy Sieradzki
  • Beauty Basket small – Stacey Fox
  • 4 Somerset Patriots Upper Box Tickets to a 2018 Season Game – Karla Barrientos


Thank you to all of our sponsors:

HBHM Day Sponsors

RWJ Barnabas Health
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
Cook-off Sponsors
U.S. Trust Bank of America Private Wealth Management and

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Champion Sponsors

The Fidelco Group
Century 21 Construction
Investors Bank
Ambassador Sponsors
Hollister Construction Services
Valley national Bank
Brach Eichler, LLC
Hunrath, Napolitano, Quigley & Taylor, LLC
The Fairholme Foundation
Bruce and Cynthia Sherman
New England Motor Freight
Advocate Sponsors
Barry H. Ostrowsky

Patricia Pace

Donald Seisz
Mr. & Mrs. Floyd Shapiro

Howard and Margaret Jacobs

The Paula and William J. Marino Foundation

Friend Sponsors
AAA Northeast
Warren Klein
Allison Nash
Rita Yohalem

Steven Fiske


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