14th Annual Festival of Trees Raises OVER $88,000 For Local Non-Profits

WASHINGTON, NJ (January 2024)

During this season of reflection, Rossi Auto Group, Abilities of Northwest Jersey (Abilities), and Warren County Habitat for Humanity (Warren County Habitat) are excitedly celebrating the success of the 14th Annual Festival of Trees that was held on December 7th, 2023. Attendees of the event came from far and wide to celebrate the beauty of the holiday season, to reconnect with peers and to give back to these highly impactful organizations.

Over 70 Christmas trees lined the walls of the Rossi Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram showroom, all beautifully decorated with different themes and sponsored by a different company, organization or individual. Among these sponsors were the evening’s top three winners, Mr. Ezio Rossi, Lentini Auto Salvage/The Meat Shoppe at Arctic Foods, and AJH Construction.


The event brought in over $88,000, which will be split between Abilities and Warren County Habitat.
“We are truly blessed to have such a caring and giving community,” Cindy Wildermuth, Chief Executive Officer of Abilities, commented. “The Rossi family has impacted thousands of persons in need through this event, and we are sincerely grateful for their generosity.”

Having been a beneficiary since the event began, Abilities of Northwest Jersey provides critical support to 375 individuals with disabilities, and their families. The funds raised from the event will ensure that these essential services remain available and continue to expand for those who need them the most.

Warren County Habitat for Humanity, a first-time beneficiary of Rossi’s Festival of Trees, will be using the funds raised to continue to provide affordable repairs through their growing Home Repair Program, and to continue partnering with families to build affordable homes. In 2024, Warren County Habitat is aiming to complete 65 repair projects and to have two more homes completed. They would also like to recognize the help they received on this event from State Farm, Morgan Properties, Long Valley Presbyterian Church, and The Arc of Warren County among many other individuals.

“The sponsored trees were beautiful, and the night was magic,” said Ben Eskow, Executive Director at Warren County Habitat. “As a first-time beneficiary of Festival of Trees, we couldn’t be more thrilled and humbled to partner together with the Rossi Auto Group and Abilities. The impact from the funds raised is going to help a number of Warren County residents have a safe and affordable home of their own.”

Since its beginning in 2010, the event has raised nearly half a million dollars for local non-profits. This could not have been possible without the donations and sponsorships from such a dedicated community. For more information about the event, please visit the website at www.RossiFestivalOfTrees.com. Mark your calendars: Rossi’s Festival of Trees will return on December 12, 2024.

About Abilities of Northwest Jersey, Inc.
Abilities of Northwest Jersey Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring people with disabilities to achieve their life goals by providing individualized supports. Incorporated in 1974, Abilities works diligently to create an inclusive community where individuals with disabilities are given the opportunity to reach their fullest potential in life. Visit our website at https://www.abilitiesnw.org/ or follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/abilitiesnw/.

About Warren County Habitat for Humanity
Warren County Habitat for Humanity is the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity, International and has served Warren County since 1999. An accredited 501 (c)(3) charitable organization, Habitat’s mission: Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. To learn more about Warren County Habitat or to donate, visit www.warrenhabitat.org.

About Rossi Auto Group
Operating since 1976, Rossi is proud to be the longest running family owned auto group operating in Warren County. Community support and customer satisfaction have always been our top priority. Having started as a Chrysler, Plymouth, Dodge store on Route 31 in Washington, it has expanded over the years to now include two stores in Washington – Rossi GM and Rossi Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. Between the stores there are 7 franchises – Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep & Ram, as well a nice selection of pre-owned vehicles of all brands. Visit www.rossichevroletbuickgmc.com and www.rossicdjr.com for more information.

Charissa Buskirk
Mission Engagement Manager
908-689-1118, Ext. 37
[email protected]