Reflecting on 2018 as we move into the New Year

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by: Kelly Fliller

Can you believe we are about to start a new year? As they say, time flies when you’re having fun! We are so grateful for our incredible partners and we have done some pretty awesome work with them this year.

Here are a few of the highlights from our 2018:

  • Ocean Medical Center Graduate Medical Education – providing comprehensive, first-rate training, combined with a very attractive region in which to establish a future and provide fertile ground for retention of these bright, competent future physicians. Read more about the Ocean Medical Center Graduate Medical Education program.
  • VNA Health Group Palliative Care Program – The Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation Bridges Palliative Care Program was launched in August of 2018, in partnership with RWJBarnabas Health’s Community Medical Center, Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus and Monmouth Medical Center. This program is in response to many obstacles New Jersey residents face when accessing end-of-life care. Read more about the Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation Bridges Palliative Care program.
  • First Annual Grunin Prize at NYU School of Law – On June 5, 2018, at the annual Impact Investing Legal Working Group (IILWG)/Grunin Center conference at NYU School of Law, the inaugural Grunin Prize was presented. Read more about the Grunin Prize and the Grunin Center for Law and Social Entrepreneurship.
  • Another successful NJ Teen Arts Festival – This is the statewide culmination of the county arts festivals and is where arts students, educators, professional artists and arts advocates from all across the state come together to celebrate the arts. The festival has been growing each year and this year we saw over 3,200 students participating! Read more about the NJ Teen Arts Festival.
  • Performing Arts Academy (PAA) Groundbreaking –  The groundbreaking ceremony was held in October and the PAA is expected to be completed in 2020! Read more about the PAA.
  • Young Audiences Arts for Learning ARTS LAB at Silver Bay Elementary – The Young Audiences’ ARTS LAB program will address chronic absenteeism and other classroom and student challenges through unique arts education programs. We saw the first ARTS LAB assembly this month which was Hip Hop Fundamentals and it was AMAZING! Read more about the YA ARTS LAB program.

We are so excited to see the continued, positive impact of these programs in 2019. We are also thrilled to announce new partnerships and projects soon. Thank you all for being a part of our journey. We look forward to continuing investing in the arts, education and healthcare and driving economic development at the Central Jersey Shore.

Wishing all of you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

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