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Help Us Keep The Performing Arts Alive, Active & Available To All!

The 2020-2021 Annual Fund

 What do your contributions support?

CAF Income

We are filled with gratitude for your support and renew our pledge to continue changing lives through music; providing opportunities to young and old alike, infusing our communities with enthusiasm and inspiration, enriching our artistic and aesthetic culture, and serving as musical ambassadors at home and around the world.

At the Continuo Arts Foundation, we look forward to working with you to assure that indeed,
...."the music lives on".

May the Music Live On

Lyric by Russell Robinson           

Annual Fund

The Continuo Arts Foundation's Annual Fund Campaign is our largest source of financial support and crucial to support our mission. Continuo's commitment to keeping the arts alive, active and accessible across the generational span relies on the support of artistic patrons like you!

Reduced funding for the arts is rampant in our schools, community organizations and out-reach programs; The Continuo Arts Foundation is standing in the gap to assure that indeed, 'the music lives on".....  

The 2020-2021 Annual Fund

How can you support The Continuo Arts Foundation?

  • Get Involved!  Volunteer!
  • Contribute to our Annual Fund
  • Transfers of appreciated stock
  • Automobile donations
  • Retail contributions for our annual Gala

 What do your contributions support?

  • Master Classes & Educational Programs
  • Intergenerational Choral Programs providing services to ages 6 to 94
  • Music Scholarships
  • A Summer Musical Theater Conservatory
  • Seniors Sing! a free program to enhance & enrich the lives of Senior Citizens
  • Opportunities for Young Artists Debuts
  • Free community concerts and community service performances
  • International performance opportunities
  • Institute of Sacred Music
  • Premiering new choral & orchestral compositions
  • Supporting working musicians, composers & artists
  • Conducting Fellowships
  • Artists-in-Residence 


The annual Continuo Arts Gala began in 2009, growing quickly to an anticipated destination event for the central New Jersey and greater New York area.  The primary fundraiser for The Continuo Arts Foundation, the gala features live & silent auctions, entertainment, food, fellowship & fun!  

"Continuo" Award Recipients 

2017 - Founder & President Candace Wicke
2014 - Heidi Evenson, Jean Marie Apruzzese, Dan Apruzzese
2013 - Janet Whitman
2012 - Lyle Brehm & Craig Wicke

2011 - Lyle Brehm & Sherrie Natko                                          

"The "Lyle Brehm" Above & Beyond Award Recipients

2017 - Amanda Blutner
2015 - Stephanie Herbert & Julia Craig
2014 - Angela Schneller, Mia Andersen, Sue Taylor
2013 -  Jean Marie & Dan Apruzzese

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Above & Beyond

For our sponsors, donors & patrons who always go "Above & Beyond" 

"The "Lyle Brehm" Above & Beyond Award Recipients

2017 - Amanda Blutner
2015 - Stephanie Herbert & Julia Craig
2014 - Angela Schneller, Mia Andersen, Sue Taylor
2013 -  Jean Marie & Dan Apruzzese

As Henry Ford said, “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”  

Autos for Arts

The Continuo Arts Foundation has joined the V-Dac Vehicle Donation for Charity program. If you are the owner of an automobile that you would like to donate as part of our program please follow the link to V-Dac's website below for more detailed information regarding the process. This program will make cash contributions to the CAF as part of their partnership, which will allow for more programming support for our upcoming concert season and events. If you have any additional questions regarding the program, please feel free to give us a call at (908) 264-5324 

Turn your old auto into a Useful resource for the CAF! In addition to helping the planet in our efforts to reduce CO2 emissions to the atmosphere, your old automobile will become a symbol of arts education and enlightenment.

Vehicle Donation

Continuo Arts Foundation Sponsors

What does it take to change lives? How can our musical culture, education and influence continue from age to age;  from generation to generation?

These are questions we continue to ask at The Continuo Arts Foundation....and the answers result in service to our local communities, across the nation in schools and organizations, and around the world in performance, exposure and life-changing enrichment.

How is this accomplished?  Because of your generosity and that of our philanthropic sponsors!  Together we will assure that...."the music lives on"!

Christmas Time in the City 2017The Continuo Arts Foundation Symphonic Chorus & Orchestra

Summit Area Public Foundation
Summit Area Public Foundation (2010,2011,2012,2013,2014,2016) 

2010, 2011,2012, 2013,2014, 2016 - Support for Seniors Sing!

Continuo Arts with SAPF

Summit Area Public Foundation Board Members Jack Cooper, Joanne McDonough and Lyle Brehm with Continuo Arts President Candace Wicke and Conducting Fellow Stephanie Harris

For three years, the Summit Area Public Foundation, in collaboration with our partners at Summit Community Programs, has been instrumental in providing grant support to launch and continue Continuo Arts Foundation's Seniors Sing! ensemble.

SAPF is a 501(c)(3) community foundation that fosters philanthropy in the Summit NJ area by identifying local needs and offering donors flexible ways to make a difference in the lives of their neighbors.

The LAP Grant - New Jersey State Council on the Arts, National Endowment of the Arts
The LAP Grant, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes and the Board of Chosen Freeholders have made funds available for support of the Arts through a Local Arts Partnership (LAP) grant administered by the Cultural & Heritage Division. This State block-grant program, funded in large part by the National Endowment for the Arts, provides essential support for the local arts community. The grants are intended to promote the growth and ensure the public accessibility of high quality, diverse community arts organizations and projects.

2014 - Grant provided to support Seniors Sing! 
2015 - Grant provided to support Seniors Sing!
2016 - Grant provided to support Seniors Sing! 
2017 - Grant provided to support Seniors Sing!
2018 - Grant provide to support Seniors Sing!

NJ State Council on the Arts

Google Grants
Google Grants (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)

Google Grants is a donation program that distributes free in-kind advertising to select 501(c)3 non-profit organizations. As of June 2010, Google has awarded over $600 million in grant money to non profit organizations.

The Continuo Arts Foundation is a proud recipient of the Google Grants program.

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The H.E.A.R.T. Grant
H.E.A.R.T. Grant (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2017)  History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands 

2009 - Grant provided to support the "Christmas Time in the City" Concert Series
2010 - Grant provided to launch Continuo Arts Intergenerational Choral Program
2011 - Grant provided to support Seniors Sing! 
2012 - Grant provided to support Seniors Sing!
2017 - Grant provide to support "Christmas Time in the City" Concert Series

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, recognizing the importance of culture, history and the arts, established the HEART Grant Program to encourage a thriving environment for the arts and cultural activities. This program serves as a catalyst to strengthen Union County’s non-profit organizations, artists and scholars, enhancing their capacity to provide innovative projects relating to history, the arts and humanities, developing Union County as a center for innovation and excellence in arts and culture.

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The Grand Summit Hotel, Summit NJ
The Grand Summit Hotel (2102, 2013, 2014,2015, 2016, 2017)

2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 - Title Sponsor for The Minuetto Music Festival

Welcome to The Grand Summit Hotel, a shining star in the town of Summit, New Jersey since 1868. Set among the rolling hills of picturesque Union County and built by expert European craftsmen, The Grand Summit Hotel has provided a haven of personal service in the tradition of the finest historic country inns for over a century.

 Just 30 minutes from New York City and situated in one of the most prestigious towns in the state of New Jersey, The Grand Summit Hotel has established a reputation for charm and elegance through unique accommodations in an intimate setting. The hotel is a short walk from the vibrant Summit downtown featuring upscale restaurants, boutique shopping, and direct service to midtown Manhattan. Whether planning a special occasion or just visiting on business or pleasure, The Grand Summit Hotel is the perfect destination. The hotel's HAT Tavern offers comfort foods in a unique and lively setting. Enjoy the big game or just spend time with family and friends. Sunday Brunch is among the most respected in the area and a private room for events is available.

 The intimacy of our hotel has made us the choice of many local companies, organizations, and individual travelers who value the exclusive use of the property for their meetings and events both large and small. Guests can expect personalized service from a sophisticated staff in what is truly a home away from home in the grandest style.

 Our experienced staff will ensure that every detail is covered to exceed your expectations. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you at Summit's most celebrated address.

570 Springfield Ave  Summit, NJ 07901

908: 273-3000

Grand Summit Hotel

Hyde & Watson Foundation
Hyde & Watson Foundation (2012,2013, 2014, 2016, 2017)

2012 - 2017 Grant for Capital Equipment

With a mission to support capital projects such as purchase or relocation facilities, building improvements, capital equipment, and instructive materials development, the generous support of the Hyde & Watson Foundation has allowed Continuo Arts to purchase much needed storage facilities, portable risers, sound equipment, trailer and other items of critical need for concert performances and program services.

Exxon Mobile
Exxon Mobile (2009,2010,2011, 2012,2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)

The Cultural Matching Gift Program encourages and assists employees, retirees and surviving spouses in their personal giving to cultural institutions by providing a matching contribution. Each calendar year, an eligible donor may have up to $2,000 in gifts to cultural institutions matched by the ExxonMobil Foundation. 

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Microsoft Corporation
The Microsoft Corporation (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014,2015,2016, 2017)

In 1975 Microsoft was an unknown software company with a single product and the promise of delivering on a new way of computing. We have since grown to become one of the largest companies in the world. With that growth, comes the responsibility to contribute positively to society on a global scale.

We are proud to work with tens of thousands of nonprofits around the world every year to provide them with affordable access to the technology they need to support their work in local communities.

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Johnson & Johnson
Johnson & Johnson (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)

Johnson & Johnson relies on many important and innovative partners in carrying out our philanthropic efforts. These partners include a number of nonprofit organizations as well as our own employees and retirees. Together we share a sense of dedication to make our communities better places. The Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies Matching Gifts Program is an important way to enhance the Company’s commitment to help improve the communities in which we live and work.

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A T & T
A T & T (2010,2011, 2013, 2014,2015,2016, 2017)

AT&T invests significant resources to advance education, strengthen communities and improve lives. Through philanthropic initiatives and collaboration, AT&T and the AT&T Foundation support projects that create opportunities, make connections and address community needs where we — and our customers — live and work.

The AT&T Higher Education/Cultural Matching Gift Program for education and the arts encourages eligible employees to support qualifying organizations.

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The Fortnightly Club, Summit NJ
The Fortnightly Club (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)

2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 - Support for Intergenerational Choral Program

The Fortnightly Club at the Historic Twin Maples Estate is a collaborative partner with the Continuo Arts Foundation providing extraordinary venue space for rehearsals, programs & events.

Twin Maples

The Fortnightly Club, founded in 1893, purchased the Twin Maples Estate as its headquarters in 1949. Twin Maples was restored in 2007. In 2008, thanks to the help of 45 talented interior and landscape designers, many builders and architects, countless tradesman and volunteer hours, Twin Maples has become more fabulous than ever before. It was a truly grand transformation.

The Twin Maples Estate is now available for hire for charitable fundraising events and meetings, as well as corporate and private parties and events. Twin Maples is listed on the National and New Jersey Registers of Historic Places and serves as the home of the Fortnightly Club and the Summit Junior Fortnightly Club, both 501(c)3 charities.

The Manley-Winser Foundation
The Manley-Winser Foundation (2011, 2013, 2014, 2015)

2011-Support for Seniors Sing! Program
2013 - 2015 Support for The Minuetto Music Festival

The Luminary Fund
The Luminary Fund (2012, 2013)

2012 & 2013 - Support for "Seniors Sing!"

The Summit Luminary Fund is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that raises funds for various charitable organizations serving Summit, New Jersey and the surrounding communities. Each year, the board selects about 6 local organizations to be recipients of money raised through the sale of luminary candles.

This annual tradition was started 30 years ago by Barbara Romano who continues to serve as the organizations president.

Anyone can help this great project by volunteering to be a block Captain or purchasing luminary candles for your home.

For more information, please contact Barbara Romano at   (908) 522-9575 .

Luminary Fund 2012

 The 2012 Luminary Fund recepients with Barbara Romano, Lois Schneider,  Continuo Arts President Candace Wicke and Development Associate Lyle Brehm

Luminary Fund 2012

The Westfield Foundation
The Westfield Foundation (2009, 2010, 2012)

2009 - Support for "Christmas Time in the City" Concert Series
2010 - Grant for capital equipment
2012 - Grant for capital equipment

“Communities endure, but their needs change. What better way to address the evolving needs of a community over time, than for people to create a pool of funds that will last forever.”

~ Inception of the Westfield Foundation, 1975.

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Hilltop Community Bank
Hilltop Community Bank (2012, 2013)

2012 & 2013- Support for Minuetto Music Festival

We established Hilltop Community Bank because we believe small business owners, professionals, and families prefer personalized banking service. Summit, New Jersey, our home town, is a very desirable suburban community with a business mix that appreciates a positive and responsive attitude from its service providers. We would welcome your business and comments of how we might better meet your financial needs.      

Mortimer J. O'Shea
President / Chief Executive Officer
385 Springfield Ave.
Summit, NJ 07901

908: 522-0090

Click here to visit website

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Overlook Medical Center
Overlook Medical Center (2011, 2012, 2013)

2011- Support for Seniors Sing!
2012 - Support for The Minuetto Music Festival
2013 - Support for The Minuetto Music Festival

The Foundation for Morristown Medical Center and the Overlook Foundation are nonprofit public foundations that help preserve and expand our hospitals' programs and services in patient care, clinical research, medical and public health education, and preventative medicine.

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Peapack-Gladstone Bank
Peapack-Gladstone Bank (2012, 2013)

2012 & 2013 - Support for Minuetto Music Festival

Peapack-Gladstone Bank has been focused on providing personalized customer service to the New Jersey banking community since 1921.  We are committed to offering our customers the most convenient and innovative products and services to help them successfully navigate through the demands of life.  Discover all of the conveniences Peapack-Gladstone Bank has to offer today.

 48 DeForest Avenue, Summit, NJ 07901
908: 306-4246

Click here to visit website

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The Wells Fargo Bank
The Wells Fargo Bank (2013)

2013-Support for The Minuetto Music Festival


The Junior League of Summit
The Junior League of Summit (2012, 2016)

2012, 2016 - Support for Seniors Sing! Program

Women building better communities. That's the Junior League of Summit (JLS). We have been the driving force behind the types of initiatives and institutions that make our community a healthier, more vital place to live. Our 400+ Junior League members reflect a wide range of backgrounds, interests, and professional pursuits but they work together to identify unmet needs, forge effective coalitions, and work for change. Time and time again, the Junior League is often one of the first organizations to tackle our community's biggest challenges.

Click Here to Visit the Junior League of Summit

Junior League of Summit

Target (2011)

2011- Educational outreach to underserved populations

Target stores provide grants to K-12 schools and other non-profit organizations to bring art and cultural experiences to schools, support educational field trips and provide early childhood reading programs.

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The Provident Bank Foundation
The Provident Bank Foundation (2011)

2011 - Support for music scholarships

The Provident Bank Foundation is committed to paving the way for a brighter tomorrow in our communities through our support of education, health and wellness, recreation, the arts, and social and civic services...

At The Provident Bank Foundation we're enhancing the quality of life for New Jersey communities today and for generations to come...

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