Morris Habitat for Humanity’s 12th Annual Hearts & Hammers Gala

Jamie Rodgers will be honored at Morris Habitat for Humanity’s 12th Annual Hearts and Hammers Gala

A home being built by Morris Habitat For Humanity

RANDOLPH — Morris Habitat for Humanity will celebrate its’ 12th Annual Hearts and Hammers Gala on Saturday, February 25 at the Meadow Wood Manor in Randolph. There is still time to join this wonderful evening event and be a part of Morris Habitat’s signature fundraiser.

Highlights of the Gala program are the 2017 Gala Honorees and special guest speaker, Junior Rondon, the son of Morris Habitat homeowners. The year’s Honorees include organizations and individuals who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to Morris Habitat’s mission to build safe, decent and affordable homes with families in need.

This year’s distinguished honorees include:
Richard and Sophie Palla – Don Kuhn Inspiration Award
Town of Morristown – Municipal Partner Award
Valley National Bank – Corporate Partnership Award
Jamie Rodgers and J.M. Rodgers Co., Inc. – Build it Now! Award

The festivities of the evening include a cocktail reception with a buffet of delicious hors d’ oeuvres, full-course dinner and elegant dessert buffet. This year’s Silent Auction will feature collectible gift items, donations from local restaurant and hotels, and unique experiences such as private airplane flight tours and passes to Walt Disney World. The evening will be also feature live music by Escapade and, of course, dancing.

Morris Habitat is extremely pleased to announce that Schindler Elevator will be this year’s $100,000 Home Sponsor. Their sponsorship will fund Morris Habitat’s 10 Willow Street home an affordable duplex condominium for two families in Morristown which is slated to break ground this spring.

“We couldn’t be more excited to have Schindler and their employees working with and alongside us as we begin 10 Willow Street”, said Blair Schleicher Bravo, CEO of Morris Habitat for Humanity. “This is major commitment by Schindler to be a part of our mission and intentionally engage their employees in the Habitat experience.”

The other generous sponsors of the 2017 Hearts and Hammers Gala include: Premier Sponsor: Bayer; Craftsman Sponsor: Valley National Bank; Master Carpenter Sponsors: Investors Bank, Lakeland Bank and GAF; Platinum Sponsors: AON Hewitt, J.M. Rodgers, Sophie and Richard Palla; Gold Sponsors: G4S Security, Don and Teeny Kuhn, NCJAR, NJ Natural Gas, Normandy Real Estate, Nisivoccia, Peapack-Gladstone Bank, Jeannie and Andrew Tsukamoton, Wilson Elser and Withum; Silver Sponsors: Fulton Bank and Spencer Savings Bank; and Bronze Sponsors: NK Architects and Seth A. Leeb Architect, AIA.

Sponsorships, Journal ads and tickets are still available, but the deadline to register is February 6. You can help Morris Habitat achieve their bold plan to serve 200 new families in the next four years. Visit the Morris Habitat Gala webpage by clicking here for more information or to register online for the event.

Jamie Rodgers

Jamie Rodgers and his company J.M. Rodgers Co., Inc. will be honored at Morris Habitat for Humanity’s Twelfth Annual Hearts and Hammers Gala on February 25.  Mr. Rodgers will receive the Build it Now! Award which recognizes his contributions of financial  and volunteer support to Morris Habitat and their work to provide affordable homeownership for families in need. He is a resident of Mountain Lakes.

For further information or questions, please contact Kathy Ritchey at (973) 891-1934 ext.122 or email her

Morris Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization which operates on Christian principles by building homes, communities and hope. Morris Habitat is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; advocating for fair and just housing policies; and providing training and access to resources to help families improve their living conditions. Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.  Morris Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion.

Since 1985, Morris Habitat has served 400 households though home ownership opportunities, home preservation, and international home building programs. With support from donors and volunteers, Morris Habitat is two years into their bold strategic plan to help 230 families in just four years. In 2017, they will be partnering with 60 families – more than they have ever worked with in a single year — to provide safe, healthy and affordable homes.

The Morris Habitat ReStore celebrates its 10th Anniversary in 2017. During that time, proceeds from the ReStore, have funded 14 homes and diverted over 4,400 tons of useable material out of landfills.

The ReStore and Morris Habitat Offices are located at 274 South Salem Street, Randolph. ReStore hours are: Tuesday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday and Friday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.