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Left to right: “Guest shucker” Lance “Chick” Cunningham joined Lusty Lobster owner Doug Douty and Kevin Guerin at the raw bar for the recent Wine and Martini Tasting Fundraiser at Salt Creek Grille. The April 6 event raised over $90,000 for the locally based nonprofit 180 Turning Lives Around. (photo by Karen J. Irvine)

Press release from Salt Creek Grille

On April 6, the 14th Annual Wine and Martini Tasting Fundraiser event at  raised over $90,000 in funds for 180 Turning Lives Around, a not-for-profit organization providing services to individuals and their families affected by domestic violence.

Salt Creek Grille also reached its $1 million mark in total funds raised for local charities through the annual event, which began in 2004 to celebrate what was then the Rumson restaurant’s fifth anniversary.

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vibesblindCaroline Pearce’s photograph “Vibes” (above) and Nora Fraser’s watercolor “Blind” (below) are among the works by students from the Red Bank Regional High School Visual and Performing Arts program, featured at the Amanda’s Easel Art Auction and charity event on February 26. During the event, hosted from 6:30 to 8 pm at the school building (101 Ridge Road in Little Silver), auctioneer Peter Costanzo will offer over 40 pieces in various media, with all proceeds dedicated to Amanda’s Easel, the art therapy program operated by the Monmouth County-based nonprofit 180 Turning Lives Around. There is a suggested donation of $2 (or $1 for attendees under age 18).


odetothemoontwoAccording to Eleonora Rachele Zampatti, “All the arts are therapy to heal” — and this Sunday, January 25, the founder of the monthly Ode to the Moon yoga program joins with the Monmouth County-based nonprofit 180 Turning Lives Around for an occasion designed “to celebrate the new moon in the New Year with the benefits of yoga and healing art, in a special event to aid the victims of domestic violence.”

Herself a survivor of domestic violence, Zampatti will present an afternoon of locally sourced art, live music, therapeutic yoga and healthy refreshments — all for the benefit of 180’s programs, and all of it hosted at Renaissance Pilates (8 East Front Street in Red Bank) beginning at 3 pm.

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OdetoMoon_20141124_204704_294A0186Left to right: Amanda’s Easel program coordinator Cindi Westendorf, yoga teacher Eleonora Rachele Zampatti, vocalist Allison LaRochelle and pianist Samantha La Rochelle will collaborate on a special Healing Art event on January 25 to benefit 180 Turning Lives Around.

Press release from Ode to the Moon Yoga

On Sunday, January 25, Ode to the Moon joins with the Monmouth County-based nonprofit 180 Turning Lives Around in an invitation to celebrate the new moon in the New Year with the benefits of yoga and healing art, in a special event to aid the victims of domestic violence.

Hosted at Renaissance Pilates, the program begins with an art show, featuring the works of local artists as well as participants from 180’s art therapy project Amanda’s Easel, opening at 3 pm. A special one-hour yoga practice — accompanied by live acoustic music, and led by Ode to the Moon yoga teacher and founder Eleonora Rachele Zampatti — follows at 4 pm. A silent auction of the showcased art and other art items follows the yoga class, with refreshments available.

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Girls_at_art_show_colorAmanda’s Easel Program Coordinator Cindi Westendorf is pictured with volunteers in the children’s art gallery at the 2013 Canterbury Art Show. The locally based art therapy program will once again get an assist from this year’s show, scheduled for Labor Day weekend.

Press release from St. George’s by the River

The organizers of the annual Canterbury Art Show…a Tapestry of the Arts event have announced that a portion of proceeds from the 2014 event will once again benefit the work of Amanda’s Easel, a creative arts therapy program administered through the Monmouth County-based nonprofit 180 Turning Lives Around.

The exhibition and sale of juried and non-juried artwork will take place on Labor Day weekend, August 29-31,at St. George’s by the River Episcopal Church in Rumson.

Amanda’s Easel, the nationally recognized creative arts therapies program, is designed to create a support system to help both children and their non-offending parents cope with the life changes precipitated by violence and abuse. The program provides art, play and music therapy that promotes healing, by encouraging clients to express and understand their feelings and fears in a safe and nurturing environment, through various creative arts intervention and case management services.

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Press release from JBJ Soul Kitchen 

On Saturday, May 17, the JBJ Soul Kitchen will be hosting a World Hunger Awareness event in the front gardens of the community restaurant. From 3 pm to 7 pm, the Soul Kitchen will be hosting interactive, fun and informative events with some of their local community partners to help bring awareness to the issues surrounding hunger in their community.

Amanda’s Easel will unveil garden artwork, Five Steps to End Hunger. Pilgrim Baptist Church will introduce the Share NJ Program, which will be available to the Red Bank community, and Soul Kitchen will display its “Line of Hope” interactive exhibit.

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