Spring 2023 Newsletter

Cover image for Rose House spring 2023 In Bloom newsletterWelcome to the spring 2023 edition of Rose House’s In Bloom newsletter! Click on the front cover image above to view the newsletter in its entirety.


Newsletter 2022

Welcome to the first edition of Rose House’s “In Bloom” newsletter! Click on the front cover image above to view the newsletter in its entirety.


2023 Golf Event

Thank you to everyone who supported Rose House’s 7th annual “Day of Dreams” golf event! You’ve helped us raise $54,000!


Event Details

For full event details, download the official tri-fold brochure at the link below…



Van Project

This year’s event has raised funds for our Van Project. Watch our new video about why transport vans are so important for Rose House residents…



Event Sponsors

GOLDEN ROSE (main event sponsor)
Beth McKenna, CFP®, ChSNC® / Merrill Lynch, Florham Park

HOLE IN ONE (swag bag sponsor)
LTC Scripts, Long Valley

ALBATROSS (beverage cart sponsor)
PGA Tour Superstore, East Hanover

EAGLE (silent auction sponsor)
Strategy People Culture, Florham Park

BIRDIE (luncheon sponsor)
New Jersey Natural Gas, Wall Township

THE GREEN (hole sponsors)

Silent Auction Donor Businesses

Event Supporters (some have donated to the silent auction as well)

  • Margaret Balsamo
  • Edward Abelew
  • Andrew Botwin
  • Linda and Clifford Botwin
  • Steven Bredahl, Morgan Stanley
  • Carteret Car Wash Inc.
  • Linda and Anthony Ciavaglia
  • Chris Coleman
  • Eduardo Dehais
  • Marc P. Gimbel, DMD
  • Margaret and Armando Garofalo
  • Cheryl and Louis Gubitosa
  • Ed Happle
  • Irish American Association of Northwest Jersey
  • Jim Jacobsen
  • Deborah and Stephen Kaplan
  • Pearl and Mark Kramer
  • Elizabeth Lehmann
  • Jesse Linder
  • Kem Mackey
  • Lisa Markey
  • Pat and Peter Markey
  • Janice and Edmund Martin
  • MetLife
  • Pat and Marvin Mirsky
  • James Patterson
  • Dolores Prost
  • Patricia and Frank Reda
  • Heather and Darren Reddy
  • Ron Robbins
  • Susan M. Rosenthal
  • Kevin Schulman
  • Schwarz Foundation
  • Philip Somich
  • Stop & Shop Bag Program
  • Edward Yaw

    Meet Rachel

    Rachel is a living legend as Rose House’s star athlete. She has competed in the Special Olympics and other sporting events for track and field, gymnastics and ice skating, earning multiple gold medals. This includes a gold medal for being the only competitor to perform a handspring vault in 1999 at the Special Olympics World Games in Raleigh Durham North Carolina.

    Watch a video of Rachel at the 2011 Essex Special Skaters Spring Show >>

    While Rachel’s supportive parents enabled her to make athletic dreams come true, she still needed help reaching the finish line of independent living. That’s where Rose House came in to play.

    “We made sure she went to all her activities with Special Olympics, DAWN Center for Independent Living, Morris County Adaptive Recreational Program (McARP) and others but she certainly has the opportunity to be more independent now while living at The Rose House,” said Rachel’s mother Vicki. “They’ve helped with transportation, decision making, doing her own laundry and taking responsibility for herself with food shopping, preparation of meals, and more!”

    Rachel is currently keeping her athletic skills sharp by swimming up to 30 laps per session. She recently took home two gold medals in the Special Olympics New Jersey 2023 Summer Games in the sport of Bocce!

    Aside from being sporty, Rachel has an interest in Art, taking virtual painting classes right from her apartment. She’s social and enjoys music and dancing at parties. In addition, Rachel also loves animals. She enjoys pet-sitting her brother’s dog and takes horseback riding lessons. In fact, Rachel recently won two awards, first place and participation, from the Schooling Show at Seaton Hackney Stables! (pictured above) She loves spending time with her family at home and on outings as well as game night and weekend activities with her friends at Rose House.

    Although Rachel knows how to have fun, she’s also a hard worker. She recently has packaged for Tiffany’s and has helped wiring for Cablevision at Employment Horizons in Cedar Knolls.


    Meet Billy

    Billy is Rose House’s resident DJ, providing entertainment for the organization’s events. He also has a passion for dancing.

    Prior to the Hanover Apartments, Billy was living in an apartment specially built for him in his parents’ home. He had his own bedroom, bathroom, office and everything else to make him comfortable. However, he was missing the most important feature: his feeling of independence.

    Soon after moving to Rose House’s Hanover Apartments, his mother recognized a tremendous change in Billy. “I am so proud of what he has accomplished,” Michele said. “He takes great pride in keeping his apartment clean. He does so well with managing everyday life, which Rose House has encouraged through supervision.”

    Billy stays busy working as an office clerk for MetLife. Some of his responsibilities include stocking shelves, making sure the coffee makers are stocked and keeping the conference room tidy.

    When he’s not working or learning how to improve his DJ skills, Billy loves to visit family, including his niece and nephew in Connecticut. His greatest goal is learning how to fly on his own so he can visit Michele’s winter home in Florida.


    2022 Golf Outing


    We’re happy to announce that The Rose House’s 2022 Day of Dreams golf fundraiser was another success! Not only did we have perfect weather, but the support from our community was amazing as well.

    View more photos from this fun event in our new image gallery >>

    What campaign did this event support?

    Funds from this event will benefit our “Forever Home” campaign, which will enable us to build new independent living apartments for adults with developmental disabilities. These apartments will feature 10-12 single occupancy apartments specifically designed for adults with developmental disabilities.

    Learn more about our Forever Home project and how you can be a supporter >>

    SAVE THE DATE! Next year’s golf fundraiser event will be Monday, July 10, 2023

    Check out our fun teaser video >>


    Thank you to the following businesses for their sponsorship and donations. We look forward to our continued partnership for upcoming events!

    • Main sponsor: Beth McKenna, CFP®, ChSNC™ / Merrill Lynch
    • Raffle sponsor: Friends of The Rose House
    • Dinner Sponsor: NJ Natural Gas
    • Silent Auction Sponsor: Wawa

    Hole sponsors:

    Silent Auction Basket Donors (Restaurants)

    Silent Auction Basket Donors (Gift Shops)

    Generous Individuals

    • Ron Robbins
    • Jesse Lindor
    • Mike DiPiazza
    • Father George Hundt of St. Vincent Martyr Church