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8th Annual Seasons of Hope Breakfast for Imagine Raises Funds and Awareness for the Nonprofit’s Grief Support Programs

On the morning of June 6th more than 300 guests attended the 8th annual Seasons of Hope breakfast for Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss, a grief support nonprofit serving New Jersey children and their families. This year's event was held at the Galloping Hill Golf Course in Kenilworth.

Tracy Crosby, an Imagine participant who is a recently widowed mother of four young children, shared her story and spoke to the strength and support Imagine has provided her family. "I know that if my children can learn coping skills now and learn how to positively express their emotions, everything else will fall into place. Imagine teaches them that. Imagine provides a place for them to feel safe and helps them realize they are not alone in their grief," said Tracy. To view Tracy's story, view the Imagine 2019 Seasons of Hope Breakfast Video here.

Imagine is thankful to all who supported the event - both sponsors and donors - and would especially like to thank its platinum sponsor Atlantic Health System's Overlook Medical Center, its silver level sponsor Merck, and its bronze level sponsors ConnectOne Bank, M&T Bank, and Northfield Bank. Thanks also are due to the many volunteers that contributed their time and energy to making the event a success, as well as to Imagine's Board of Trustees, to the event's in-kind sponsors - Captured Event Photography, Dreyer Farms, Havas Health, and to the event's business supporters - Alluem Yoga; Atlantic Tomorrow's Office; Barefoot Rehabilitation Clinic, LLC; BCS Interactive; BMI Janitorial, Inc.; Cherished Creations; Christine Cosenza - State Farm Insurance; Family Investors Company; Ferraro's Restaurant Group; Fire Me Up Studio; Gersch Orthodontics; Great Smiles Dentistry; Holland & Knight; Limani Seafood Grill; On the Spot Therapy; The ReSource Group; Rossi Funeral Home; Sax LLP Senior-Advisors; Tiffany Natural Pharmacy; The Trinkoff Wattick Group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch; David Weinman, DMD; Westfield Pediatric Dental Group; and Wiss & Company, LLP.

"I believe the world is driven by unresolved grief," said Mary Robinson, Imagine's founder and Executive Director, in her address to the crowd, "but 'imagine' something different – a world where children coping with loss grow up emotionally healthy and able to lead meaningful and productive lives...a world where grief, loss and trauma are transformed into resilience, empathy and compassion...a world where no child grieves alone. That is the world Imagine is working hard to create every day."

Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss, a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization, provides year-round grief support for children and young adults using a peer-support group model. Trained adult volunteers and professionals provide children and teens with comfort and the tools needed to process grief resulting from death or life-altering illness. In addition to providing grief support at its two centers in Mountainside and Newark, Imagine provides education in the community, leading workshops and providing on-site support in schools and workplaces where traumatic loss has occurred. Groups, which meet on weeknights, serve children and adults from more than 55 New Jersey towns.

Pictured at Imagine's Seasons of Hope 8th Annual Breakfast Event are L-R Kerry Mowry, Director, Corporate & Foundations Relations at Overlook Medical Center; Alan Lieber, President, Overlook Medical Center; and Imagine Volunteer Lucy Arbes of Scotch Plains.

Pictured at Imagine's Seasons of Hope 8th Annual Breakfast Event are: First Row L-R Joan Bryant, Scotch Plains; Marlene Glasser, Westfield; Hayden Van Alstine, Westfield; Senator Tom Kean, Westfield; Michael Modica, NYC. Back Row L-R: Scott West, Summit; Imagine Executive Director Mary Robinson, Madison; Tracy Crosby, Scotch Plains; Mayor Shelley Brindle, Westfield; and Vincent Culhane, Westfield.