REPRESENTING OUR COMMUNITY
Bleakley Financial Group is committed to our community and to the community service interests of our clients. We partner with various charitable organizations, and we also participate together with our clients in support of their charitable interests. As a firm, we feel strongly about our responsibility as a leader in our industry and in our community.
About New Jersey SEEDS
Since its inception in 1992, New Jersey SEEDS has provided educational access for highly motivated, low-income students and created a viable path for them to achieve their full potential. SEEDS strives for a world in which young people’s initiative, creativity and intellect can flourish without regard to socioeconomic status. To date, more than 2,000 scholars have benefited from its programs. For more information, visit www.njseeds.org.
Bleakley Financial Group Presents the 21st Annual Golf & Tennis Classic for New Jersey SEEDS
We presented the annual New Jersey SEEDS Golf & Tennis Classic on Monday, August 3, 2015. Sponsored by Frank and Pat Russo, the 21st annual event was hosted at Mountain Ridge Country Club. All proceeds benefited New Jersey SEEDS scholars.
“For nearly two decades, SEEDS Trustee Andy Schwartz and his colleagues at Bleakley Financial Group have played a significant part in providing the life changing educational opportunities we offer to our students,” said SEEDS President Ronni Denes. “Since our first golf outing with Andy and his colleagues in 1998, this event has brought in more than $2.3 million for New Jersey SEEDS’ scholars. Last year alone, 160 golfers, tennis players and guests joined us to raise $200,000. We are enormously grateful to Andy and his colleagues – and to this year’s presenting sponsors, our friends Frank and Pat Russo – for all they do to ensure our students get the educations they want and deserve.”
Bleakley Financial Group hosts 19th Annual Golf & Tennis Classic benefitting NJ SEEDS
Thank you to the more than 160 golfers, tennis players and guests who joined Bleakley Financial Group and New Jersey SEEDS for the Annual Golf & Tennis Classic. Through your support, SEEDS raised more than $200,000.
$160,000 Raised for New Jersey SEEDS at the 16th Annual Golf & Tennis Classic
Wade Morgan (SEEDS ’05, Delbarton ’11, Stanford ’14) spoke at the event about how NJ SEEDS has impacted his education and life.
Bleakley Financial Group has been a proud supporter of NJ SEEDS for the past 14 years. NJ SEEDS is a privately-funded, statewide non-profit organization committed to developing future leaders through education. NJ SEEDS works with competitive, primarily independent secondary schools to provide opportunities for highly-motivated, academically-qualified but economically-disadvantaged students.
Each year, Bleakley Financial Group hosts the annual New Jersey SEEDS Golf Outing to benefit the mission of New Jersey SEEDS. This event is held at some of the most prestigious golf courses in the state. This past June, the event raised over $160,000.
“We’re enormously grateful to our event chair Andy Schwartz and his partners at Bleakley Financial Group for their commitment to our students,” said SEEDS President Ronni Denes. “Their generosity through the years has helped us raise nearly $2 million to provide a top tier education to high-achieving, low-income students in New Jersey.”
Major sponsors of the event included Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, Coach, and Greenberg-Traurig. More than 150 guests attended, which included both live and silent auctions. For the first time in many years, in addition to golf, the outing included a round-robin tennis tournament, chaired by SEEDS trustee Abby O’Neill and attended by many area residents.
Founded in 1992, SEEDS was recognized with the Neighborhood Builder Award by Bank of America in 2010 and has won awards from Jersey Cares, Mutual of America and Oprah’s Angel Network. For the past four years, SEEDS has received four stars— the highest possible rating—from Charity Navigator.
For more information about New Jersey SEEDS and their work in the community, please visit their website: www.njseeds.org
Bleakley Financial Group Brings Stock Market to Students at Rowan University
Jack D. Cooney, Jr., Scott Schwartz, & Andy Schwartz of Bleakley Financial Group, pictured here with Rowan University students, at the opening of the new trading room.
In the new trading room at Rowan University, undergraduate and graduate students in the Rohrer College of Business tested their acumen buying and selling stocks with real money — $100,000 that came from the William G. Rohrer Charitable Foundation.
Bleakley Financial Group partners Jack D. Cooney, Jr., Andy Schwartz, Scott Schwartz, and J. Reed Finney sponsored the trading room. The endeavor was also sponsored by Eric Olson, The Olson Financial Group, Summit; Kevin Hassan, The Hassan Group, Philadelphia; and Andrew Braun, The Mid Atlantic Financial Group, Mt. Laurel.
Jack, Scott, and Andy (pictured) participated on Sept. 26 in the “bell ringing” — the official unveiling of the Rowan University Trading Room.
“We thought this would be a wonderful opportunity for the school. It’s great for Rowan to be able to expose their students to this, and it’s a great way for us to possibly cultivate some associates. We see the school as our sweet spot. We’re interested in smart kids who really know how to work,” Andy said.
“The trading room will provide the students with more of a real-life experience. So much of college is theoretical. This is an opportunity to see the real world, watch the markets real time,” Scott said.
Andy and Scott are Rowan University alumni.
Jack agreed. “I am supporting this because I feel that if we can bring real-life situations into the classroom, students are better prepared to make decisions about careers in the financial industry,” he said. “They will have greater awareness of the market and of the impact on their future clients.”
“Establishing a trading room was one of the priorities for the Rohrer College of Business,” said Dr. Niranjan Pati, Dean. “Through Andy and Scott Schwartz, and the Northwestern family, our students will be able to explore hands-on opportunities that very well may impact their learning experiences and their futures.”
Bleakley Financial Group Donates Funds to Local School to Aid in Flood Relief
Bleakley Financial Group donated funds to the Fairfield School District to aid in flood recovery. The firm’s donation enabled the Stevenson School to replace the piano that was damaged in the flooding after Hurricane Irene.
Bleakley Financial Group’s donation was matched by Northwestern Mutual. The piano will be used to enhance the chorus and instrumental programs for the 400 students in grades pre-K through 3 that attend Fairfield Elementary School.
Jack D. Cooney, Jr., Managing Director of Bleakley Financial Group said, “Financial success and community involvement go hand in hand. Making solid investments in the future of our local community is one of our firm’s chief values.”
Toys for Tots Holiday Event
In December 2017, Bleakley Financial Group participated in a Toys for Tots Holiday Event. The event was a smashing success, bringing in well over 1,000 toys. Founded in 1947, Toys for Tots is a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which distributes toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts for Christmas.
The event was hosted by Frank Lepore of Bleakley with nearly a dozen others, as well as participating members of Bleakley’s new affiliate Hittinger Financial.