Join us on June 23

Our annual fundraising event will take place on Thursday, June 23, 2022 at Orange Lawn Tennis Club in South Orange, NJ.

Please RSVP by June 9, 2022

A salmon and asparagus dish by one of the competing chefs.

About Our Event

Battle of the Chefs: A Benefit for JESPY House will be held at the historic Orange Lawn Tennis Club on Thursday, June 23 at 6pm. We will raise crucial funds to support JESPY clients — adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD), while honoring The Cottingham Family, The Oppenheimer Family, and The Plotnick Family.

Updated with modern comforts and amenities in keeping with yesterday’s charm, Orange Lawn Tennis Club is a South Orange jewel JESPY is proud to partner with for our biggest fundraiser of the year!


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Our Battling Chefs

Chef Tony Villanueva began mentoring Chef Ivan Villanueva over 15 years ago. Now the two will battle head-to-head to see who will win the title of Battle of the Chefs: A Benefit for JESPY House champion.

 Join us to see a face-off between Chef Ivan and Chef Tony!

The Honorees

This year’s honorees at Battle of the Chefs: A Benefit for JESPY House are The Cottingham Family, The Oppenheimer Family, and The Plotnick Family. Congratulations to all!

While each family has experienced a different journey to JESPY, all agree that JESPY has been the key to personal growth and advancement for their son or daughter. Click below to read about The Cottingham Family and learn why JESPY’s Day Program has been so pivotal to Passion’s growth; to see why The Oppenheimer Family value JESPY’s shared housing program that has allowed Dawn to live independently; and to understand why The Plotnick Family’s appreciates JESPY’s Community Based Supports Program for Andrew.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Please Note: We welcome gifts by credit card or electronic check (ACH) when submitting your gift online, as well as mailed checks, including donations made through Donor Advised Funds, investment firms, and donated securities. In those instances, you may check-out with 'Mail with payment info', or mail the sponsorship form to JESPY House with the appropriate information.

To ensure recognition, please submit your sponsorship by June 9.

EXECUTIVE CHEF

$25,000 +

  • 6 tickets to event
  • Premier seating
  • Prominent recognition during event
  • Listing on event website
  • Full day guest pass for 4 (that includes dinner) at Orange Lawn Tennis Club
  • Thank you message on social media
CHEF DE CUISINE

$18,000 - $24,999

  • 4 tickets to event
  • Premier seating
  • Prominent recognition during event
  • Listing on event website
  • Full day guest pass for 2 (that includes dinner) at Orange Lawn Tennis Club
  • Thank you message on social media
SOUS CHEF

$10,000 - $17,999

  • 4 tickets to event
  • Premier recognition during event
  • Listing on event website
  • Gift certificate for future dinner for 2 at Orange Lawn Tennis Club
PATISSIER

$5,000 - $9,999

  • 2 tickets to event
  • Premier recognition during event
  • Listing on event website
  • Gift certificate for future dinner for 2 at Orange Lawn Tennis Club
RESTAURATEUR

$2,500 - $4,999

  • 2 tickets to event
  • Recognition during event
  • Listing on event website
SOMMELIER

$1,000 - $2,499

  • 1 ticket to event
  • Recognition during event
  • Listing on event website
MAÎTRE D’

$500 - $999

  • Recognition during event
  • Listing on event website
GOURMET

$250 - $499

  • Recognition during event
  • Listing on event website
FRIEND

$150 - $249

  • Recognition during event
  • Listing on event website
Donate Any Amount
  
  • Donations of $150 or more will be recognized on the event website and at the event and may leave a message on the tribute wall for our honorees.
INDIVIDUAL EVENT TICKET

$250

  • Ticket includes cocktail reception, dinner, and program including chef's competition

Respond by June 9, 2022

We have a limited number of tickets and expect to sell out.

Donors at the Friend level and above may leave a tribute message for our honorees and will be recognized on the event website and during the event.

Your donation makes a real difference

Battle of the Chefs: A Benefit for JESPY House helps to provide the critical access to resources our clients need to learn daily life skills, build social connections within our community, work through fear and anxiety, problem solve, and develop the skills needed for employment to lead an independent life. Our clients rely on the generosity of donors to get the services they need.

Thank you for your life-changing support!

JESPY client Roger B. works at a marketing/communications company.
Client Chris C. learned on-the-job skills at a local clothing shop.
Client Jessica M. helps with packaging food items at the MEND food pantry.
2022 Event Steering Committee
  • Susan Weinstock, Co-Chair
  • Judy Peskin, Co-Chair
  • Ahadi Bugg-Levine
  • Carol Barash
  • Judy Croman
  • Stacey Davis
  • Sophia Gershman
  • Denise Rekem

About JESPY House

JESPY House: A Community Based Mission

In 1978 JESPY House was established in South Orange, New Jersey with a mission to advance independence for adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD). Started by our visionary founders who felt that adults with I/DD deserved an inclusive community where they could learn to live independently, JESPY has grown from first serving 4 clients to now serving 260 adults clients ages 18 and up.

JESPY’s whole-life services promote choice, self-direction and provide for our clients in every facet of their lives.Our much-needed services include residential options, clinical and behavioral health services, engagement and enrichment activities, athletics and fitness, case management, daily life skills training, vocational services, and an aging-in-place initiative.

JESPY House is located at 102 Prospect Street in South Orange, NJ.

We continue to offer more than 100 weekly programs that sustain and build upon social and cognitive connections allowing for skill-building, the learning of new hobbies, and the chance to meet new friends.

You are the difference!

Your support of our fundraising event allows us to provide specialized programs and services for all clients.

For more information, contact us at 973-762-6909 or events@jespy.org.