Hopes and Dreams - Foundation for Children

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Hopes & Dreams is a non-profit foundation based in Bergen County, NJ, dedicated to supporting programs, activities, and research aimed at helping less fortunate and handicapped children and families through grants, donations, and scholarships.

Who We Are

In 2004, a small group from the Apple Ridge Country Club in Mahwah, NJ, shared a similar vision. Today, that vision has turned into an opportunity to make an impact on the less fortunate in the community. Hopes & Dreams provides funds to support local programs and activities in Bergen County for handicapped children and their families. As each year passes, our philanthropic goals have expanded, enabling Hopes & Dreams to support local charitable organizations with their goals in helping children. From a small dream to help New Jersey families, Hopes & Dreams has grown into a large endeavor to improve the lives of many people.

What We Do

At Hopes & Dreams, we serve our community through monetary donations that help charitable organizations reach their goals and families overcome their financial obstacles. We strive to reach both handicapped children and those working to make a bigger impact in their lives. Monies received to help the children come from our two main fundraising events held each year: our Annual Golf Outing at the Apple Ridge Country Club and Annual Beefsteak Dinner at The Brownstone. The donated amounts are dispersed to organizations and families through the help of our Hopes & Dreams Board Members. Donated gifts have supported our partner organizations, programs, projects, scholarships, and many more.

In December 2014, Hopes & Dreams donated 40 Kindles to The Center for Hope and Safety.

Partners & Projects


Pony Power Therapies
Sponsor 8 children for summer camp
Sponsor 6 children for fall & spring camps

Children’s Aid and Family Services
Sponsor summer camp for foster children

Center for Hope and Safety
Donate 40 Kindles & Covers

Comfort Zone Camp
Annual walk-a-thon

Camp Acorn
Donation for equipment

Holy Name Health Care Foundation
Memorial donation

Genesis Rincon Fund

Nat Longo Memorial Scholarships
Casey Hollm, Mahwah High School
Julia Miller, College of Saint Rose

CHD Coalition
Hayley’s Heroes/congenital heart disease

Kelly Elisabeth Creegan Memorial Fund

Amiel Wehrli Memorial Fund
Help with expenses for family of 10-year-old who died

Luis Silva Benefit Tournament
Donate to childhood cancer

The Jillian Fund
Support parents with children suffering life-threatening illnesses

Kearns Family

Alan T. Brown Foundation
Memorial donation

Happiness is Camping

Fidelians Camp, Inc.

Emmanuel Cancer Foundation

Pascack Mental Health Center

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Bill McKoy Foundation

Make-a-Wish NJ

Andy K and Friends Charitable Foundation

Boys & Girls of Garfield

Paterson Boys & Girls Club


Roger Mann Family
Fire destroyed home, Mahwah

Community Options, Inc.
Red Ribbon Academy medical special needs day program

Mark Perezo
Bucks for Brooke/daughter inoperable brain tumor

Happiness is Camping
Help repair camp after Hurricane Sandy

Pony Power Therapies
Sponsor 5 children for camp
10 new riding helmets

Paterson Boys & Girls Club
Tee sponsor for outing

Comfort Zone Camp
Sponsor Sammie Cerami for Walk-a-Thon

Andy K & Friends
Rob Kenney Outing Donation

Cycle for Survival
$500 Jen Albanese/$500 Lauren Albanese
Memorial Sloan Kettering Ride

CHD Coalition
Hayley’s Heroes/congenital heart disease

Gregory M Hirsch Memorial Foundation
Pediatric Heart Care and Research

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Lee Cohen Annual Climb

Handicapped Accessible Van
To assist family in need

Boys & Girls of Garfield

Fidelians Camp, Inc.

Pascack Mental Health Center

Emmanuel Cancer Foundation

Bill McKoy Foundation


Carolee Smiley
Son to go to Texas for Jr. Olympics

Any Excuse for a Party
Comfort Zone Camp Party Sponsor

Comfort Zone Camp
Sponsor Sammie Cerami participation in annual Grief Walk

Nat Longo Memorial Scholarship
Adam Malz, Mahwah High School

Make-A-Wish Foundation
Yankee Tickets

Eitan's Hope for Children Fund
Mom honoring son who died/helps feed children

Cycle for Survival
Memorial for Sloan Kettering

Wendy Ruggiero Family Assistance Fund
Local mom paralyzed

Happiness is Camping
Summer camp for kids with cancer

Fidelians Camp
Summer camp for kids with disabilities

Todd & Alison Aronson
Local family lost everything in Hurricane Sandy

Community Options Inc.
For Red Ribbon Academy medical special needs day program

Bill McKoy Foundation, Inc.
Toys for Kids

Strengthen Our Sisters
Women’s Shelter West Milford lost to fire

Ava Rasmussen
Donation – Ava’s Angels

Rob Kenney Memorial Fund

Boys & Girls Club of Hudson County

Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City

Nat G. Longo Memorial Scholarship

An integral part of the Hopes & Dreams organization is the opportunity to invest in a child’s education. We are able to help students enter their career paths through the funding of college scholarships. In partnership with the Nat Longo Scholarship, Hopes & Dreams is pleased to provide a stepping stone for students who dream of attending college.

Recipients need not be straight-A students, star athletes or club presidents. However, we do look for a person of outstanding character. Bright, well-rounded, and ambitious individuals who are planning to pursue a career dedicated to teaching or helping children who are either disabled or disadvantaged are encouraged to apply!

Past recipients have been graduates of Mahwah High School.


Every year we hold fundraising events to generate donations and awareness for the organization and local organizations that help children and families in need of support. The two main events are the Golf Outing at the Apple Ridge Country Club and the Beefsteak Dinner at The Brownstone.

Annual Golf Outing at Apple Ridge Country Club

Our 6th Annual Golf Outing at the Apple Ridge Country Club took place on Monday, June 23, 2014. The main goal of this event was to raise funds for the Nat Longo Memorial Scholarship and other local organizations in need. The event proudly raised $50,000 allowing us to give $5,040 to Pony Power Therapies to provide the opportunity for 8 children to attend an intensive summer camp.

Founded in 1966, the Apple Ridge Country Club is a family-owned organization built on the apple orchards of Mahwah, NJ, providing beautiful grounds and views of New York City. It is an establishment close to the founders’ hearts.

Photos were taken by Brian Zach at Bergen.com.
View additional photos from the fundraiser here.

Annual Beefsteak Dinner at The Brownstone

The 6th Annual Beefsteak Dinner took place on Tuesday, November 11th at The Brownstone. It was a wonderful evening with friends, family, contributors, and recipients. The main goal of this event was to thank all those who have contributed and supported Hopes & Dreams throughout the year.

An historic establishment to the Paterson, New Jersey area, The Brownstone offers grand conservatories, excellent catering, a cozy atmosphere, and unique detailing; making it the perfect choice for banquets, small to mid-size events, even romantic receptions. For The Hopes & Dreams Foundation for Children, it is a place to express our devotion to the children, families, and organizations we help every year, along with our appreciation to all that help make it possible.

How to Help

We look at every donation as a valued and gratifying contribution. Every gift opens a door for a child to experience a positive and uplifting change in their life. Hopes & Dreams supporters can donate by sending a check to the address below. Your gift will directly affect families in need, and help our partner organizations find solutions to change the future of our community and our children in need.

To donate, please send a check payable to:
Hopes and Dreams Foundation for Children
One Woodland Avenue, Paramus, NJ 07562

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