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May 2019


Thank You for Your Support

25th Grand Tastings

Breaks New Records!


JBWS President and CEO Diane Williams kicks off the night to a sold out crowd!

Over $540,000 raised to benefit JBWS!

Best weather!

The beautiful Pleasantdale Chateau


50 Chef and Spirit Vendors!

Coordinated by Ryan DePersio, Gary Fisch

& Corey Heyer

89 Silent Auction & Raffle items

valued over $55,000!

Thanks to the dynamic event chair and JBWS Board Secretary Kelley Kurtzman


A surprise $25,000 Matching Gift from Gary and Liz Fisch during Gary's pitch to Fund the Mission!

A powerful personal story of reslience

by Katharine Aldana!

And, last but not least - Two Extraordinary Honorees

JBWS Board Chair Amy Wiwi (l) presents the Philanthropic Award to Karen Arakelian of

The Gloria Foundation

JBWS VP of Community Relations Regina Braham (l) presents the Distinquished Service Award to DiAnne Arbour (JBWS Executive Director from 1980 - 1997)

Photos Courtesy of Corsair Productions LLC


March 2019


JBWS Set for 11th Annual

Coffee House and Tricky Tray Fundraiser


Parsippany, NJ – The Friends of JBWS Fundraising Committee is gearing up to host its 11th annual Coffee House and Tricky Tray to benefit JBWS. The fun-filled event takes place Saturday, April 13th, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 pm at the All Saints Academy, 189 Baldwin Road in Parsippany. Tickets can be purchased for $35 in advance at www.jbws.org  or $40 at the door. Seating is limited.

Guests will enjoy the solo guitar music of Cory Pensa of the band “Men of Horses” while bidding on dozens of tricky tray baskets filled with various brand new items, gift cards, restaurant gift certificates, jewelry, and more.

The Grand Prize Raffle, valued at $3,200, is a trip to the Verandah Resort & Spa in Antigua. Enjoy 7-9 nights of Waterview Suite accommodations, for up to three rooms, double occupancy. Visit jbws.org for details. Winner will also receive a 2-piece luggage set and designer sunglasses.

A buffet dinner, desserts, tea & coffee, plus 8 Tier One Tickets are included in the ticket price. Guest must be 21 or over to attend. BYOB.

All proceeds from the event benefit JBWS, a nonprofit domestic violence prevention agency providing a 24-hour helpline (973-267-4763), counseling, safe house, transitional living, children’s services, life skills education, vocational counseling, batterer’s intervention, legal assistance, teen dating violence services, professional training, and education programs for youth and adults. Our dedicated volunteers provided 10,000 hours of service.

To purchase tickets and for more event information, go to www.jbws.org or call 973-267-7520.

October 2018


Event Raises Hope and Funds

to Support JBWS

The Autumn Auction for Hope event was held on Tuesday, October 9th at the Spring Brook Country Club.  One hundred and ninety-two attendees raised more than $80,000 surpassing our budgeted goal of $60,000.  Pictured is Taneka Bowles (2nd row, 2nd from left) and her table guests from the NY Jets Women's Organization.

EY, PwC and Deloitte

Team Up to Support JBWS

The Halloween ½ Marathon and Relay event was held on Sunday, October 21st in Morristown and was a great success thanks to our corporate team supporters, EY, PwC, and Deloitte.

We are so proud of the 80 runners who ran on behalf of JBWS, along with another dozen volunteers who supported the runners. Together the groups raised approximately $80,000.



July 2018




Diane Williams, MSW, LCSW, spent her first day of work on the golf course—not as a player, but as a host to the 19th annual Verizon Hope Classic. 

On a beautiful, hot summer day, Williams and event co-chair Pete O'Hagan (pictured) welcomed 100 golfers and clinic participants to the nationally ranked Somerset Hills Country Club. Thanks to the golfers and sponsors, the event raised $154,000 to support the mission of JBWS.

"It was a great day and a wonderful opportunity to meet so many people who are commited to preventing domestic violence," says Diane Williams. "No one should have to experience family or partner violence and I am proud to lead the organization in Morris County that addresses this critical issue." 

Prior to joining JBWS, Williams worked for 20 years with Family Intervention Services (FIS), a private, non-profit organization. 

July 2018




MORRIS COUNTY - Diane Williams, MSW, LCSW, will be joining JBWS as the President and CEO. “We are so pleased to have Diane join our organization,” says Amy Wiwi, incoming JBWS Board Chair. “Diane’s passion for the mission, professional skills, experience, and working relationships in Morris County make her the ideal choice to lead JBWS.”

JBWS Board Chair

Amy Komoroski Wiwi and a Partner with Lowenstein Sandler, LLP  (l) welcomes Diane Williams as the new President & CEO to lead the agency.

Prior to joining JBWS, Williams worked for 20 years with Family Intervention Services (FIS), a private, non-profit organization with 32 programs in five counties providing crisis intervention, therapeutic counseling, case management, education and support to New Jersey residents.

As the Chief Operating Officer with FIS, Diane managed the internal operations with a budget of over $9 million and was actively involved in all aspects of the organization including management, finance, fundraising, grant writing, human resources, marketing, quality assurance, and program development.

“I’m so excited to be joining the JBWS team as their CEO and President,” remarks Diane Williams.   “I have admired the work of the staff and executive management for years having worked collaboratively on projects with them in my previous position.  No one should have to experience family or partner violence and I’m proud to lead the organization in Morris County that addresses this critical issue.

Beginning July 16th, Diane Williams can be reached at dwilliams@jbws.org or 973-267-7520 Ext. 120.

May 2018


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(MAY 2018) JBWS board chair Judy O'Hagan (l) congratulations Philanthropic Honoree Margaret Sone at the 24th annual Grand Tastings event held at the Pleasantdale Chateau in West Orange.

Christopher Reidy, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Office and Chief Administrative Officer for BD accepts the Distinquished Service Award. Chris has been involved with JBWS since 2006 as a board member, finance commitee member, donor, and as an advocate for JBWS.




Morris Area Students

Stand Up to Dating Abuse

Delbarton School student leaders show off their winning campaign slogan on a banner donated by the Randolph Municipal Alliance.

February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM). “There’s No Excuse for Abuse” is the winning campaign slogan for TDVAM in Morris County. Created by student leaders from Delbarton, the slogan was selected by professionals from Marketsmith at the county-wide Teens for Healthy Relationships Leadership Conference hosted by Randolph High School and sponsored by JBWS last November.

With support from Marketsmith and a generous $1,000 contribution from the Randolph Municipal Alliance, the campaign is being brought to life through large bright yellow banners that are distributed to 17 participating area high schools.

Randolph High School student leaders with JBWS' dating abuse prevention educator and counselor Anna Nase, get ready to hang their banner in the school's entry way for all to see.

January 2018

Together, We Can Take a Stand

Against Violence and Shed a Light on Its Many Consequences

Consider these statistics:

  • 1 in 4 women will be physically or sexually abused by a partner in her lifetime.
  • There are 2,000 domestic violence offenses in Morris County each year, which account for 40% of all reported offenses.
  • 1 in 3 teens are victims of dating abuse.
  • Children are involved in 80% of domestic violence situations.
  • A child's exposure to domestic abuse is the strongest risk factor for passing violent behavior from one generation to the next.
  • Boys who are bullies are nearly four times as likely as non-bullies to grow up to physically or sexually abuse their female partners,
  • Over half of mass shootings are related to domestic violence situations.

Victim blaming and shaming keep the problem hidden. You can help to break the silence. Invite JBWS to speak to your civic, faith based, employee or community group. Learn more. Create safer communities. Contact rbraham@jbws.org.

Fall 2017



Nearly 200 guests shopped for accessories, apparel, trips, home decor and more at the Autumn Auction for Hope luncheon event. The event raised more than $50,000 toward the mission of JBWS.

Six corporate teams participated in the Morristown Halloween Half Marathon and Relay to benefit JBWS and raised a total of $76,000. EY raised more than $52,000!

JBWS "Painted the Green Purple" with balloons and staffed a table where people stopping by had a chance to learn more about the services and spin a wheel to win prizes.

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