The Neilsons are a wonderful example of the kind of family that has received a BloomAgain grant. Kelly Neilson is a single mother of three grown children, living in Hazlet Township with her son Nicholas who has Type 1 Diabetes and Down Syndrome. While Kelly battled stage 2 breast cancer, mastectomy surgery and chemotherapy treatments forced her to take time off from her longtime job at a local school. The security she had always provided for her family was slipping fast when one of BloomAgain’s strategic partners recommended the family apply for help.
“With this amazing gift from your foundation, I will have peace knowing I do not have to worry how I am going to be able to pay my rent.” When Kelly was approved for the grant she was undergoing her 33rd radiation treatment and setting her sights on a return to work. Kelly says BloomAgain’s assistance helped her both physically and mentally. She says she is now inspired to help other families facing similar challenges. “Thank you does not begin to express what is in my heart. When I finally come to the end of my treatment and build my strength back up, I will do whatever it takes to pay it forward.”
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BloomAgain Foundation NJ raised an impressive 25 thousand dollars at Drink Local: A Toast to Summer’s End on September 30th. BloomAgain filled the beautiful Shrewsbury Sailing and Yacht Club in Oceanport, NJ with supporters. What a perfect way to support our local charity – by enjoying local spirits and food. Thank you to Hackensack Meridian Health Riverview Medical Center and Allure Plastic Surgery for generously sponsoring the event and helping to make the evening a major success.
On a beautiful mid-September evening, BloomAgain hosted Art and Wine on the Navesink. The event attracted more than 200 supporters. The fundraiser was held at the home of Bloom Again NJ President, Christine Rieger and her husband, Michael. Their waterfront home was the perfect venue to view and purchase artwork from the gallery of Design Domaine, Spring Lake. Design Domaine donated 20 percent of all art sales to BloomAgain. Our fast growing not-for-profit was able to raise 15 thousand dollars that evening.
Our success was in large part due to the hard work of our board members and the sponsorship of Riverview Medical Center. As a mission sponsor, RMC helped Bloom Again throw an elegant affair while maximizing our fundraising. The money raised will go directly to low-income working women with medical and financial problems.
The NJ Chapter of Bloom Again hosted its debut event at Navesink Country Club on May 27th. The inaugural luncheon raised $10,000 dollars to support its mission to help economically vulnerable local working women financially when illness strikes. The luncheon was attended by more than 150 people. Bloom Again NJ Executive Director Christine Rieger said, “We are thrilled with the amount of support we received at our first event. I’m glad so many people see the need in our community to help low-income women who become sick with diseases like breast cancer and cannot support their families. Women are often the family foundation and we need to support them as they transition to health.” At the luncheon best selling author, Bloom Again national founder, and nationally renowned career coach, Dr. Lois Frankel, inspired women with her talk “The Disease to Please: How We Catch it and 10 Ways to Recover.” The luncheon was attended by volunteers from other important not-for-profit organizations in Monmouth County, such as Lunch Break of Red Bank. Bloom Again is now working with these community partners to identify women who will qualify for financial assistance.