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12 April 2018
7:00 pm EDTSalt Creek Grille Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Annual Wine & Martini Tasting Benefitting Covenant House New Jersey
The Salt Creek Grille will celebrate its 20th anniversary with its Annual Wine & Martini Tasting Fundraiser, which this year will benefit Covenant House New Jersey. All proceeds from the event - 100 percent – will go to support Covenant House’s Asbury Park New “Rights of Passage Program.” Covenant House is a not-for-profit organization providing critical services to homeless, runaway and trafficked youth between the ages of 18-21.

The Wine & Martini Tasting Fundraiser will take place on Thursday, April 12, 2018 from 7 to 10 pm at Salt Creek Grille, Rumson. Tickets are $150 . To purchase tickets, call or e mail Marie Noglows at (732) 778-4597 marie.noglows@comcast.net Or, mail checks directly to Marie at 42 Grange Avenue, Fair Haven, NJ 07704. For sponsorships call or e mail Sue Monteiro at (973) 286-3543 (smonteiro@covenanthouse.org)

Salt Creek Grille’s co-owner and philanthropist Steve Bidgood established the annual fundraiser in during its 5th year anniversary. Over the next 14 years, the event has raised $1 million to support local charities serving children’s needs. Covenant House is Salt Creek Grille’s 15th charity.

Covenant House strives to break the cycle of chronic youth homelessness and bridge the gap of support in the lives of at-risk youth, Covenant House has developed three core services known as the Continuum of Care: Street Outreach, Crisis Care, and Rights of Passage. In 1989, Covenant House began its work in New Jersey by providing basic services to homeless youth on the streets of Newark and Atlantic City. By 1992, the Community Service Centers opened in both Newark and Atlantic City. The first Asbury Park site was opened in March 2012. Today there are 32 Covenant House locations across the United States, Canada and Latin America, and the organization reaches nearly 80,000 young people each year.

"Our Covenant House family in New Jersey is so grateful to Steve and our friends at the Salt Creek Grille for celebrating the 20th Anniversary in this special way," said Covenant House President and CEO Kevin Ryan, who is also a Fair Haven resident. "By supporting our outreach efforts in Asbury Park, they will stand side by side in spirit with our staff as we reach out to young people trying to survive on the streets. The funds raised will bring help and hope to kids just when they need it the most in their lives."

Here are just some of the alarming statistics regarding at-risk youth in New Jersey:

Foster Care
• The number of individuals aging out of foster care increased by 30% from 2001-2005
• 30% of the kids in our care have been in their state's foster care system and left with nowhere to turn on their 18th birthdays.

Abuse and Neglect
• 70% of kids living on the streets report a history of physical or sexual abuse

• 12% of our state's 18-24 year-olds live in poverty
• Since 2002, the percentage of 18-24 year-olds living in poverty has increased by 10%

• One in eight 18-24 year olds in New Jersey is a high school drop-out.

• 18-24 year olds account for nearly one third of all arrests in our state.

“My philanthropy is a tribute to my mother who showed us the many rewards gained from volunteering,” explained Bidgood. “When it came time to celebrate Salt Creek Grille’s anniversary we decided to do our part by using our facility, our expertise and our business relationships to support our local charities. There is no better way to celebrate 20 years,” said Bidgood.

The event is supported by donations from Salt Creek Grille and its vendors and local businesses that provide food, wine and other services. As in past years, several wine vendors will pour over one hundred premium wines to taste and a spirits representative will concoct specialty martinis for guests to sample. Guests are always impressed with the lavish amounts of delicious offerings including hors d’oeuvres, pasta, carving stations, desserts and more by Salt Creek Grille. In addition, local food businesses are represented including an artisanal cheese table donated by Sickles Market, Little Silver, and a raw bar provided by Lusty Lobster, Highlands. The Bobby Boyd Trio entertains the event’s attendees with live jazz music. A lively live auction is held featuring a local DJ entertainer and NJ 101.5’s Big Joe Henry as auctioneer.

In addition to the event, and to further public awareness about the charity’s mission, Salt Creek Grille raises a flag with the charity’s logo at the waterfront restaurant’s site year round. A presentation of the flag was made to board members of Covenant House and volunteers in January.

Ryan appeared before Salt Creek Grille’s staff on that day to inform them about the history of Covenant House and its mission.

Past charities that benefitted from the event: 2017 180 Turning Lives Around; 2016 Michael’s Feat; 2015 Kortney Rose Foundation; 2014 Hope For Children Foundation; 2013 Big Brothers Big Sisters; 2012 Count Basie Performing Arts Academy; 2011 Community YMCA; 2010 K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital (Meridian); 2009 Parker Family Health Center; 2008 Kidz Kare (Monmouth Medical Center); 2007 SPUR; 2006 COSAC; 2005 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation; 2004 Tuberous Sclerosis.

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