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Arm In Arm Event Raises More Than $72,000 to Support Neighbors in Need

Billy Shore of Share Our Strength, Arm In Arm Exec Dir Carolyn Biondi and board chair Gary Patteson

(Princeton, NJ) Featuring remarks by national hunger advocate and keynote speaker Billy Shore, Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert, and Trenton Mayor Eric Jackson, the annual Fall Benefit for Arm In Arm, formerly the Crisis Ministry, raised more than $72,000 in support of its mission to ensure food, housing, and job stability for thousands of neighbors in need in Mercer County, New Jersey.

During his keynote speech Shore, founder and CEO of Share Our Strength/No Kid Hungry, said to the audience of about 200: "We need people like you to give time, treasure, and talent to help someone you've never met and probably never will. That is how change happens."

Alluding to the Arm In Arm name, Mayor Jackson said during his remarks, "We do our best when we lock arm in arm, when we work together."

Carolyn Biondi, the nonprofit organization's executive director, said of the November 3 event, which took place in the Frick Laboratory Building on Princeton University's campus, "The spirit of our new name — Arm In Arm — carried the evening as friends and partners came together to recognize the need in our community and the ways in which we can join forces to meet that need."

Lead corporate sponsors of the event were Accenture, Johnson & Johnson, and NJM Insurance Group.

Arm In Arm is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. Founded in 1980, it serves more than 10,000 people each year with food, housing assistance, and job support. For more information, visit www.arminarm.org or call 609-396-9355, ext. 15.

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