Giants of Generosity to Hold Third Annual Celebrity Food & Wine Showcase to Benefit N.J. Residents in Need; Early Bird Tickets Available Through January 20

Statewide online 50/50 raffle is open to the public; winner to be announced at March fundraising event, which raises money to support Bergen County residents in need and who have nowhere else to turn.

Tenafly, NJ, January 08, 2016 --( Giants of Generosity (GOG), a 501(C)3 charitable organization based in Cresskill, N.J. will hold its Third Annual Celebrity Food & Wine Showcase & Expo on Sunday, March 20, 2016 at the Clinton Inn in Tenafly, N.J. Tickets for the full event are priced at $55 per person through January 20, 2016 (early-bird price); after January 20 the price will be $65 per person and $75 each at the door. All tickets include entrance to the Grand Tasting featuring samples from restaurants, bakeries and wine/spirit vendors throughout the area; a silent auction; live entertainment; and the celebrity and student cook-off competitions. Students from Bergen Community College’s culinary arts program will compete for a $500 scholarship offered by Mariner’s Bank; facing off in this year’s celebrity competition will be Carissa Lawson, anchor from News12 New Jersey and Sheryl A. Fody, executive producer of TV’s new show, “Consumer 411.”

In addition, GOG is holding a virtual 50/50 raffle to raise funds to support local residents in need. The public is encouraged to purchase tickets for this statewide game of chance to support GOG’s work in local communities; tickets are available at and start at just $10 for five chances to win. The winner will be announced at the March fundraising event. Giants of Generosity will provide the raffle winner with all appropriate tax forms for filing with the IRS.

All raffle participants who purchase the $40 pack of raffle tickets will be entered to win two free entries into the Celebrity Food & Wine Show.

Proceeds from GOG’s signature annual fundraiser support the organization’s mission to provide emergency-relief financial assistance and connections to other vitally needed resources to local residents facing critical, life-altering situations who have nowhere else to turn. The virtual raffle is a new addition to the fundraiser, which draws several hundred attendees every year. Corporate sponsorship opportunities are available and silent auction items are being requested to help make the event as successful as possible.

“Life is fragile and we all know someone who has been touched by tragedy or a devastating circumstance,” said D. Jane Albanese, founder and president of Giants of Generosity. “Purchasing raffle tickets for yourself or as gifts for friends and family, and attending the food and wine showcase are fun ways to support our important work and make a difference in the lives of others in our area.”

Recent cases include getting a home elevator donated and installed for a wheelchair-bound man to gain access to life-saving dialysis treatments; financial assistance for a family suffering through terminal illness and long-term unemployment; and $1,000 gift cards for two families displaced by the devastating apartment complex fire in Edgewater.

To purchase virtual raffle tickets or tickets to the Third Annual Celebrity Food & Wine Show, visit For more information about Giants of Generosity or to become a corporate sponsor of the fundraiser, contact D. Jane Albanese at (201) 567-2622 or

About Giants of Generosity
Founded in 2007 by President/CEO D. Jane Albanese, Giants of Generosity is a registered 501(C)3 organization based in Cresskill, N.J. whose mission is to provide emergency-relief funding to people experiencing critical, life-altering situations. It provides connections to area resources, moral support, and offers hope for individuals and families facing extraordinarily difficult circumstances so they can begin to rebuild their lives. The organization has helped more than 500 families and individuals to date. Details about its work are at

About Carissa Lawson
Carissa Lawson began her career in North Carolina, eventually becoming a main evening anchor at a CBS affiliate in Louisville, Kentucky, where she and her team received the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Newscast and the Service to America Award for exceptional public and community service. She enjoyed a brief stint as a freelance correspondent at CBS News in New York City before joining News12 New Jersey in 2011, where she received the Associated Press Award for Feature Reporting. A graduate of New York University, Lawson was inducted into the Kappa Tau Alpha National Honor Society in journalism and mass communication and earned the James Fenimore Cooper Memorial prize for outstanding undergraduate work in journalism. A vegetarian, Lawson is an advocate for healthy living.

About Sheryl A. Fody
Sheryl Fody is the Executive Producer and host of the TV show Consumer 411, a weekly half hour show that educates and informs consumers about companies, products and services available to them. Consumer 411 launched in 2004 in both the Atlanta and Dallas markets, and it will make its debut on WWOR-TV, Channel 9 in the New York City market, in January of 2016. Ms. Fody, has worked in media sales and marketing for more than 20 years. Before she created and launched Consumer 411, Ms. Fody sold television commercial time nationally in New York City and locally for television and radio stations in Charlotte and Raleigh N.C. and Atlanta Ga. She also hosted a weekly radio show on CNN in the Dallas-Fort Worth market. In 2010, she became the host of American Life Network’s original weekly TV series, American Success Live, a one-hour “live” weekly show broadcasting nationally every Friday night at 8pm. Watch for the Saturday morning commercial-free launch of Consumer 411.
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Caryn Starr-Gates