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MEND to Host 50th Anniversary Celebration

Last call to RSVP by September 25

MOORESTOWN, NJ (September 18, 2019) – Moorestown Ecumenical Neighborhood Development (MEND) will host its 50th Anniversary Celebration, presented by Mr. & Mrs. C. Harry Knowles, at The Merion in Cinnaminson on Friday, October 4 from 6 to 11 p.m. The cocktail hour will begin at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. As tickets are limited, interested individuals must RSVP by September 25.

The elegant evening will feature an open bar, dancing, silent auction, door prizes and live entertainment provided by the Jump City Jazz Orchestra. Attire is black-tie optional. At the celebration, MEND will honor Founder Boyce M. Adams and President and CEO Matthew A. Reilly. The event will also welcome former resident and board member, Ahaji Schreffler, to speak about her experience transitioning from MEND resident to proud homeowner.

The event is sponsored by Mr. & Mrs. C. Harry Knowles, TD Bank, Holman Enterprises, Archer & Greiner, AssuredPartners, Garrison Architects, Kitchen & Associates, Bowman & Company, Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Zemaitis, Conifer Realty, Global Glass Equipment Engineering, Stout and Caldwell and Gold Gerstein Group.

“It is an absolute privilege and honor to be celebrating 50 years of providing affordable housing to our community,” said Matthew Reilly. “From stories like Ahaji’s, we’re reminded of the great impact of our work and our responsibility as citizens to continue to help our neighbors in need.”

Proceeds from the evening will be used to help MEND keep rents at below-market levels, thus easing the costs for current and future residents who can then better afford other important necessities like food, clothing and health care.

“We’re extremely thankful for all of the support we have received over the past 50 years,” said Matthew Reilly. “We are very excited to celebrate not just our organization, but all those who have helped us grow along the way.”

Tickets are $150 per person – RSVP today or make a donation. For more information, to purchase tickets or to make a donation, call (856) 772-7070 ext. 19 or email

About MEND
Celebrating its 50th Anniversary, Moorestown Ecumenical Neighborhood Development, Inc. (MEND) is a private, nonprofit, housing development organization founded by several Moorestown churches in 1969. MEND is a national and state award-winning developer dedicated to providing safe and affordable rental housing to senior citizens, disabled persons, and families of low and moderate income. MEND has developed 718 residential units at 29 locations in the Burlington County region. Over the last five decades, MEND’s affordable housing production efforts have represented a $150 million real estate investment in the region. Visit for more information.