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Cocoziello surprised guests by announcing that his company's foundation was issuing a $25,000 challenge grant in support of CPNJ, in effect serving to double any gift made to the agency.
"Our intent is not only to support CPNJ with a gift, but to serve as a catalyst for giving at other organizations," Cocoziello explained.
The Steps to Independence Dinner is CPNJ's largest annual fundraising event.
CPNJ's programs and services include: Horizon School and Horizon High School, which serve more than 130 children ages 3-21 with multiple disabilities; three adult day programs that serve over 150 individuals.
"We cannot thank Mitch enough," said CPNJ executive director Alan Mucatel.
CPNJ's programs and services include an early intervention program that last year served more than 700 families in Essex and Bergen counties, Horizon School in Livingston, which serves more than 130 children with with multiple disabilities, three adult training centers (two in East Orange and one in Wayne) that serve more than 130 adults; two group homes, in Maplewood and West Orange, and two more under development; a specialized 24-unit apartment complex in Newark; and two after school programs in Livingston and East Orange.
As Americans, we believe it is most important to protect every life, for every life has a soul, and every person has potential, as exemplified by the CPNJ organization."
"The event proved to be a tremendous success, introducing many people to CPNJ, as well as our Horizon School and numerous other programs," noted Alan Mucatel, executive director of CPNJ.
The mission of CPNJ is to enable people with physical disabilities and other special needs to achieve their highest potential to lead fuller, more independent and active lives.
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