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Stanton Holly Trail donated $41,400 to Hunterdon Healthcare and The Stanton Reformed Church

Hands forming the shape of a heart with Hunterdon Healthcare's heart logo forming the center.
February 22, 2019

Patrick Gavin, the new CEO of the Hunterdon Healthcare System, had only been on the job for a few weeks when he attended Stanton Holly Trail’s Giving Meeting to receive a check for $20,700 on behalf of the Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation. The donation will benefit Briteside Adult Day Center.

Now entering its 58th year, Stanton Holly Trail has raised over one million dollars for the Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation and community outreach through the Stanton Reformed Church. Reverend Phil Pratt accepted the Stanton Reformed Church’s check and said the funds would be used to make the community playground, maintained by the church, safer and better for all neighborhood children.

Held annually the first Saturday of December, the Stanton Holly Trail tour features five private homes elaborately decorated for Christmas with abundant hand-made ornaments, lush displays of fresh evergreens, and other natural decorations. Homes are decorated both inside and out. Patrons are treated to tea and cookies in a sixth decorated home and have the option to attend a made-from-scratch gourmet lunch and artisan craft bazaar. Patrons can choose to attend the traditional Saturday daytime tour or the Friday night Candlelight tour which included dinner at the storied Ryland Inn and transportation by luxury bus.

Cathleen Siessel, Director of Briteside Adult Day Center, said that they are currently in the preliminary stage of creating blueprints for new outdoor garden areas. “Stanton Holly Trail’s generous donation will assist us in making this dream to create a wander garden with a sensory garden become a reality,” said Siessel. Other improvements will be made to the grounds with the Stanton Holly Trail funds so that Briteside can offer additional therapeutic spaces. “Community donations made program enhancements like these possible and improve the well-being of seniors and their caregivers,” explained Siessel.

“Stanton Holly Trail involves over one hundred community members, some of whom work year round in order to make the tour happen,” said Suzanne Schwanda, co-chair of Holly Trail. “Of course, our corporate sponsors play an important part, too. We could not donate the amount we do without the strong support of our lead sponsor, Provident Bank. Provident Bank has been with us since the inception of our sponsorship program and we are grateful for their commitment to the community.”

ShopRite of Hunterdon provides a generous donation of both food and expertise to the luncheon. Chef Ed Coss of the prepared food division of the Clinton Shop Rite works in the luncheon kitchen the day of Holly Trail and provides professional advice throughout the planning process. Saunders Jewelry, Ryland Inn, MidJersey Orthopaedics, and Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce are also sponsors.

“Mark your calendars for December 6 and 7th when we will present the 58th annual Stanton Holly Trail. Tickets will go on sale on our web site in the middle of September,” said Amy Coss, co-chair. To join Holly Trail as a crafter or receive notification when tickets go on sale, visit its web site at www.stantonhollytrail.org




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