Salt Creek Grille 15th Annual Wine & Martini Tasting Raises $40,000 for CHNJ


WHAT: Salt Creek Grille 15th Annual Wine & Martini Tasting Raises $40,000 for Covenant House New Jersey

WHERE: Salt Creek Grille, 4 Bingham Avenue, Rumson, NJ 07760


WHEN: Effective Immediately


Press Contact: Karen J Irvine 732.216.6335


Rumson, New Jersey - The Salt Creek Grille Annual Wine & Martini Tasting Fundraiser raised $40,000 for Covenant House New Jersey. All proceeds from the event - 100 percent – went to support Covenant House’s Asbury Park “Rights of Passage” program.” Covenant House is a not-for-profit organization providing critical services to homeless, runaway and trafficked youth between the ages of 18-21. The event, held on April 12, was Salt Creek Grille’s 15th event. Each year a different charity that serves children’s needs is selected to benefit from the event. Last year Salt Creek Grille met its $1 million in total funds raised for local charities!

“The Covenant House “Rights of Passage” in Asbury Park provides permanent, stable housing to five young men who will live there full-time,” explained Sue Monteiro, Senior Development Manager, “It is their home, a place to live while they go to work, to school, and strive towards their dreams.  This building is a place of help and hope, which will serve more young people and provide them with the services they need and deserve.”

The cocktail event featuring heavy-hors d’oeuvres, serving stations and over 100 different wine varietals to sample was Covenant House’s first fundraiser of this kind. “What Steve Bidgood and Salt Creek Grille does for the local community with this event is such an amazing gift.  Not just to the charities that are that year’s recipients but to the members of the community who come together in support of great causes and become inspired to do more and be more.  At Covenant House we always ask our kids to do more and by you creating this event are doing the same for your community,” added Monteiro.

The Wine & Martini Tasting Fundraiser took place on Thursday, April 12 with a sold out crowd in attendance. Fair Haven’s Mayor, Ben Lucarelli, volunteered as auctioneer. Sponsors of the event were Finan Group Morgan Stanley, Stillwell-Hansen, Inc. and the Wardell Family. Special thanks go to Lusty Lobster for a raw bar and Sickles Market for a cheese table, and Bobby Boyd trio who supplied live jazz.

“As Salt Creek Grille celebrates its 20th year in 2018, it heartens me to be able to utilize our site, services and our long-term business relationships to make a difference in our community. We all must do what we can to support charities like Covenant House New Jersey, which is working so tirelessly to help these kids,” said Steve Bidgood. “The success of this event depends on neighbor helping neighbor to help children in need.”


About Covenant House New Jersey

Covenant House strives to break the cycle of chronic youth homelessness and bridge the gap of support in the lives of at-risk youth, Covenant House has developed three core services known as the Continuum of Care: Street Outreach, Crisis Care, and Rights of Passage. In 1989, Covenant House began its work in New Jersey by providing basic services to homeless youth on the streets of Newark and Atlantic City. By 1992, the Community Service Centers opened in both Newark and Atlantic City. The first Asbury Park site was opened in March 2012. Today there are 32 Covenant House locations across the United States, Canada and Latin America, and the organization reaches nearly 80,000 young people each year.

Here are just some of the alarming statistics regarding at-risk youth in New Jersey:

Foster Care
• The number of individuals aging out of foster care increased by 30% from 2001-2005
• 30% of the kids in our care have been in their state's foster care system and left with nowhere to turn on their 18th birthdays.

Abuse and Neglect
• 70% of kids living on the streets report a history of physical or sexual abuse

• 12% of our state's 18-24 year-olds live in poverty
• Since 2002, the percentage of 18-24 year-olds living in poverty has increased by 10%

• One in eight 18-24 year olds in New Jersey is a high school drop-out.

• 18-24 year olds account for nearly one third of all arrests in our state.

For more information about Covenant House New Jersey or to make a donation call Sue Monteiro at (973) 286-3543 or email  (

Past charities that benefitted from the event: 2017 180 Turning Lives Around; 2016 Michael’s Feat; 2015 Kortney Rose Foundation; 2014 Hope For Children Foundation; 2013 Big Brothers Big Sisters; 2012 Count Basie Performing Arts Academy; 2011 Community YMCA; 2010 K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital (Meridian); 2009 Parker Family Health Center; 2008 Kidz Kare (Monmouth Medical Center); 2007 SPUR; 2006 COSAC; 2005 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation; 2004 Tuberous Sclerosis.