TSG Ends 2018 with a Giving Spirit
January 30, 2019
The Shauger family and The Shauger Group (TSG) have always made giving back a priority, and this holiday season was no different.
Eager to make a difference in the community in every way possible, TSG spread kindness and cheer this holiday season, partnering up on projects benefiting local charities and organizations.
A few days before Thanksgiving, TSG proudly teamed up with SUEZ Water North Jersey to spread some Thanksgiving joy. Together, TSG and SUEZ donated more than 400 turkeys to the City of Orange and City of Jersey City, so that the turkeys could be distributed in turn to families and organizations throughout those communities. Members of TSG and SUEZ were on hand to present the turkeys to Mayor Dwayne Warren of Orange and Mayor Steven Fulop of Jersey City, who accepted the turkeys on behalf of their cities and helped coordinate efforts to distribute the turkeys to citizens.
“Many of us don’t think twice about enjoying a turkey on Thanksgiving, but we have to remember that, for so many others, a Thanksgiving turkey is a luxury,” said Donald Shauger, executive vice president of TSG. “It was an honor for us to team up with SUEZ on something so meaningful, and we hope families were able to enjoy a special holiday treat because of it.”
“SUEZ has been an incredible community service partner for The Shauger Group,” added Lisa Shauger, president/CEO of TSG. “Similar to our company, SUEZ also puts a strong emphasis on philanthropy and service projects. In 2017, SUEZ joined The Shauger Group and a few other companies to help renovate Newark’s Apostles’ House homeless shelter. SUEZ’s core values as an organization consistently align with ours, and we couldn’t be prouder to partner with them and volunteer our time on projects like this.”
TSG subsequently partnered with the West Orange Education Foundation to host the first annual Timothy Groves Memorial Scholarship Raffle. One hundred percent of the raffle ticket proceeds benefited the Timothy Groves Memorial Scholarship, which Donald and Lisa Shauger established in 2014 in memory of their friend, former West Orange police officer Timothy Groves.
In total, the end-of-year raffle raised $15,040 for the Timothy Groves Memorial Scholarship, which distributes need-based scholarships to West Orange students each year. To date, there have been 25 recipients of the Timothy Groves Memorial Scholarship, the most recent batch of whom received scholarships in June 2018. The Timothy Groves Memorial Scholarship is part of the West Orange Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charity, which has awarded over $1.3 million in scholarships to more than 1,500 students since it was founded in 1923.
Timed perfectly around the holidays, the raffle prize drawing took place a few days before Christmas, which meant the prizes made great holiday gifts for the winners. The raffle winners were drawn and announced on December 23, 2018, at West Orange’s Our Lady of Lourdes R. C. Church. The highest-ticket raffle prize was a set of two Platinum Lounge tickets to an Elton John concert at Newark’s Prudential Center, which also included VIP parking and all-inclusive food and nonalcoholic drinks. The other four prizes were pairs of lower-level tickets to other Prudential Center events—a New Jersey Devils vs. New York Rangers game, Disney on Ice, Monster Jam, and Seton Hall Basketball—and included a parking pass.
Before Officer Groves passed away from cancer in 2013, he not only dedicated himself to his position with the West Orange Police Department, but he also went above and beyond to give back to the West Orange community, particularly its youth. For that reason, the Shaugers fittingly chose to continue Officer Groves’ legacy through a scholarship that helps students who are as hardworking and community-minded as he was.
TSG was grateful for everyone’s generous support this winter in helping to raise funds for the Timothy Groves Memorial Scholarship through the first-ever raffle; in past years, TSG has also hosted fundraiser dinners to support the scholarship.
Anyone wishing to make a donation to the Timothy Groves Memorial Scholarship can make donations year-round by contacting Richard Rizzolo ([email protected]) and Jim Quinn ([email protected]). Donation checks should be made payable to the West Orange Scholarship Fund (noting “Timothy Groves Memorial Scholarship” in the memo) and mailed to West Orange Scholarship Fund, c/o Jim Quinn, 23 Witte Place, West Orange, NJ 07052.
On Tuesday, December 25, the Shauger family continued their annual tradition of bringing cheer to residents of Newark’s Apostles’ House homeless shelter on Christmas morning.
Once again, in a tradition the Shaugers have carried on for 12 years, the Shaugers spent Christmas morning with the women and children at the shelter, passing out presents to the shelter’s residents and sharing a special Christmas breakfast with them.
TSG was grateful for the support of Anthony Picillo and Picillo & Associates, who helped sponsor the gifts for the families, as well as to Classic Cafe Management for donating the breakfast, to Dana Clark for helping shop for the gifts, and to everyone at The Shauger Group who helped coordinate this meaningful surprise.
Together, “Santa’s helpers” made this Christmas a very special one for 22 families at the Apostles’ House, especially the 35 children at the shelter who were over the moon about their new toys and presents!
“Each year, it is heartwarming to see the joy and excitement on the women and children’s faces when they get their Christmas surprises,” said Donald Shauger. “When you see them unwrap an unexpected gift from a stranger, and enjoy a special meal, you are reminded of the important things in life—it’s a great feeling, and it never gets old.”
“I was raised by a single mother, so I know from first-hand experience how tight things can be, especially around the holidays, for families that are struggling,” added Shauger. “My mother was supporting my four siblings and me, and my sister was terminally ill. So many people, especially from our church, made food for us and did so many other thoughtful things to help our family out—just for kindness’ sake. I will never forget that, and now that I am in a position to help families similar to mine, I will not miss any opportunity to make a difference in their lives.”
TSG and the Shauger family have a long history of volunteering their time, money, and resources to help the Apostles’ House. Over the years, the Apostles’ House has earned a special spot in the Shaugers’ heart. TSG has spearheaded two extreme makeovers of the Apostles’ House, including a major renovation project in May 2017 that involved US Senator for New Jersey Cory Booker, the New Jersey Devils, and several other company sponsors and volunteers. Over the years, TSG has donated and performed various renovation and repair projects at the Apostles’ House, including both interior and exterior renovations. TSG has also donated turkeys to the shelter around Thanksgiving and made other miscellaneous food donations during the holidays and throughout the year.
TSG’s other late-year charity support included serving as a sponsor of the 2018 WomenRising Celebration of Service Gala. WomenRising is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides support to women and children in need, whether by offering social services and advocacy services; providing counseling, intervention, outreach, shelter, and resources in times of crisis; lending assistance with job placement and occupational training; and otherwise encouraging individuals on the path to self-sufficiency. WomenRising gives assistance to between 10,000 and 15,000 women and children annually.
Each year, WomenRising hosts its Celebration of Service Gala in order to honor people who are making a difference in the lives of women and children in the community. At the October 17, 2018, gala, for which TSG served as a gold sponsor, over $150,000 was raised to benefit WomenRising. Given WomenRising’s over-100-year history of helping women and children in need, TSG was proud to support WomenRising’s great event another year in a row!