About

Who We Are

Doesn’t our name say it all! Party With Purpose (PWP) is a 100% volunteer based, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded on the concept of producing great events to raise money for charities and bring the community together in the process.

How We Started

Following the attacks on 9-11, Scott Delea was inspired to make a difference in his own local community. Hoboken is known for its “work hard, play hard” lifestyle. But with a little organization we could “give hard” too! Beginning with the first event in December 2002, PWP was born to meet the needs of both local charities as well as a community looking to get involved. Learn more about PWP’s beginnings through our archived news articles.

What We Do

We combine the best local social events with charitable causes to make a positive difference both here in our local community and abroad. To date, PWP has donated $500,000 and counting to help those in need through the generosity of volunteers, those attending events, and local sponsorships & donations. Learn more about the PWP Events that continue to improve the lives of people near and far.

Why We Do It

Because we are a community of people who know what it means to “work hard” and “play hard.” We have been fortunate in our lives and know it is important to give back. And why not have fun while we are at it! All proceeds raised go directly to a selected local charity or local office of a national charitable organization. Learn more about PWP Beneficiaries and the impact made over the past 10 years of giving back.

Where to Find Us

With monthly volunteer meetings in both Hoboken and Jersey City, as well as numerous events throughout the year in the NYC area, there are plenty of opportunities for you to join the team.  Learn about all the ways you can get involved.

Executive Board Members

Now that you are ready to join the fun, get to know the team.

Scott Delea
Scott Delea
Chairman, Founder
Favorite Hoboken Spot

Turtle Club

Favorite PWP Experience

There are so many. Probably every Thanksgiving or Christmas when we see the faces of the kids we produce events for.

Quote That Inspires Me

Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat. – Theodore Roosevelt

Lisa Harap
Lisa Harap
President, 5K Race Director
Why I Joined PWP

I attended a volunteer meeting at the recommendation of a friend.  Before you knew it I was pitching in on things here and there, coming up with new ideas of my own, and then came the 5K and I was hooked!

Favorite PWP Experience

The faces of the B&GC kids at the thanksgiving dinner in 2010. To see how our hard work throughout the year made those smiles happen!

Brian Reighn
Brian Reighn
Treasurer
Favorite Hoboken Spot

An open parking space

Why I Joined PWP

Had finished grad school part time and wanted to do something useful with my new found free time.

Quote That Inspires Me

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.” Confucius

Kate Linarducci
Kate Linarducci
Secretary
Role Model

Sheryl Sandberg.

Favorite PWP Experience

Spending time with the kids at the Boys & Girls Club during the Christmas Party.

Favorite Hoboken Spot

The waterfront. It’s a great place to run.

Why I Joined PWP

I had a really rewarding experience during a Habitat for Humanity build in Central America, so when I came home I was looking to give back locally. I found PWP and thought it would be a great way to support the community I live in.

Quote That Inspires Me

“I get by with a little help from my friends.” -John Lennon

What I Wanted to be When I Grew Up

A gymnast!

Favorite Sports Team

The Devils.

Board Members

Alicia Balestrino
Alicia Balestrino
Social Media Chair
What I Wanted to be When I Grew Up

A teacher. Until I decided I wanted to be in television.

Why I Joined PWP

I had been living in Hoboken for a while and still felt like I didn’t know many people in town. I joined the group in an effort to make friends and do some good for the community I live in.

What I Wanted to be When I Grew Up

A teacher. Until I decided I wanted to be in television.

Quote That Inspires Me

“Gotta have faith.”

My Role Model

My grandmother.

Favorite PWP Experience

Working the PWP 5K. The day is long, it’s beyond hot, and you work your butt off , and at the end of the day you feel like you’ve accomplished something great. It’s very rewarding.

Favorite Hoboken Spot

Madison’s Bar & Grill.

Favorite Sports Team

The Yankees.

 

Erin Muller
Erin Muller
Jersey City Chapter Committee Chair
Quote That Inspires Me

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.”

Favorite Sports Team

I love going to Citifield, taking in some sunshine and cheering for my favorite team, the Mets!

Why I joined PWP

Hoboken’s community has thrived over the past ten years due to PWP’s amazing accomplishments. My hope is to replicate that success in Jersey City.

Joann Costanzo
Joann Costanzo
What I Wanted to Be When I Grew Up

Who wanted to grow up, I loved being a kid!

Why I Joined PWP

I’ve always enjoyed volunteering my spare time for charity and I think it’s important to give back to your community if and when you can. I liked the fact it’s a local charity so it gives me the opportunity to see firsthand who we are helping and how we are improving the community. It’s also great because you meet other people in the community whether it is as volunteers or the people we are helping.

Quote That Inspires Me

“The only difference between a good day and a bad day is your attitude.”

Ryan Mitchell
Ryan Mitchell
Marathon Committee Chair
Favorite PWP Experience

Two favorite PWP Events, wrapping up the 5k and knowing we put on another successful event and then serving Thanksgiving Dinner at The Boys & Girls Club

Why I Joined PWP

I joined PWP to get involved in the community in which I live. I was earning my living here and thought it was appropriate in making it a better place to live rather than sitting there complaining about it.

Quote That Inspires Me

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.

Colleen Cingel
Colleen Cingel
Sponsorship Committee Chair
Favorite PWP Experience

The finish line of the 5k

Why I Joined PWP

It combines all of my interests: running, charity, raising money for kids

Quote That Inspires Me

“At some point your life will flash before you, make sure its worth watching”

Alisha Cipollone
Alisha Cipollone
Thanksgiving Event Chair
Favorite Hoboken Spot

Pier A in the summertime. There is nothing better than green space with an amazing view!

Favorite PWP Experience

Thanksgiving Dinners. The kids are so happy and thankful and can make anyone smile.

Why I Joined PWP

To help others and to see the smile on the kids’ faces when they are happy. I got to meet some really cool people in the process too so it was a win-win!

Lisa Conover
Lisa Conover
Graphic Designer
Favorite Hoboken Spot

Madison’s or a sunny day on the waterfront

Favorite PWP Experience

All of them are so special, but seeing the magnitude of the 5K is really incredible.

Why I Joined PWP

I always had such a great time at PWP events, and wanted to give back to the area that I now call home. PWP was a perfect way to do so!

Robert Cosgrove
Robert Cosgrove
Favorite PWP Experience

Helping Scott get the organization started

Why I Joined PWP

To help give something back to the community

Quote That Inspires Me

“There is no time like the present.”

Anja DeRosa
Anja DeRosa
Entertainment Committee Chair
Favorite PWP Experience

Spending time with the kids at the Boys & Girls Club at the Thanksgiving Dinner and Holiday Benefit.

Why I Joined PWP

I moved to Hoboken for a fresh start and wanted to get involved in the community. Party with Purpose gave me that opportunity, plus I made amazing new friends along the way.

Quote That Inspires Me

“When life gives you lemons…make lemonade!”

Jillian Dodge
Jillian Dodge
PR Lead
What I Wanted to Be When I Grew Up

A magician, gymnast, or toy designer (like in the movie Big – who didn’t want that job?)

Favorite PWP Experience

The first 5K I volunteered for – amazing to see that many people come out for such a great cause – and then see it grow over the years.

Quote That Inspires Me

“The best part of life is not just surviving, but thriving — with passion and compassion, and humor and style, and generosity and kindness.” – Maya Angelou

Magdalena Finnerty
Magdalena Finnerty
Favorite PWP Experience

Definitely the first day of my Party with Purpose involvement, which was the Boys and Girls Club holiday party. Those kids just stole my heart, and from the very first moment I was hooked.

Why I Joined PWP

Simply because I wanted to give something back. But I also wanted to find something I’m passionate about, and helping to put a smile on a child’s face is definitely it. I didn’t grow up with much, but I was fortunate to have had the opportunities in my life that brought me to where I am. Some kids might not be so lucky, and I want try to change that..one volunteer event at a time.

Favorite Movie Quote

“Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn” – Gone with the wind. Plus I think Clark Gable is the ultimate McDreamy

Mizanne Francis
Mizanne Francis
Volunteer Committee Chair
Why I Joined PWP

To give back & connect w/ people who like to have a good time while doing so

My Role Model

Anyone who can stare adversary in the face & conquer it despite the odds.

Quote That Inspires Me

“Failure is not defeat until you stop trying” – Chinese Proverb

Melissa Gitlitz
Melissa Gitlitz
Why I Joined PWP

I wanted to devote time to an organization that made an impact in the Hoboken community. As an added bonus, I’ve met some fantastic friends.

My Role Model

My grandfather, Felix Lebenberg. He smiled, despite encountering some of life’s most difficult obstacles and experiences. He took pleasure out of every moment.

Quote That Inspires Me

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” -Mahatma Gandhi

Jackie Lebowitz
Jackie Lebowitz
Communications Chair
Role Model

My grandfather. He taught me what it was to give back to the less fortunate and he did it without any hesitation or personal recognition for his efforts.

Favorite PWP Experience

The first 5K I ever ran was the PWP Hoboken 5K. To me, that event will always be my favorite―not only as a running enthusiast, or a resident of Hoboken, but no as a board member.

Why I Joined PWP

I knew I wanted to get involved with a local charity, and PWP really stood out to me. Everyone who was involved was having fun while volunteering, and making long-lasting friendships in the process.

Al Miesemer
Al Miesemer
Favorite PWP Experience

Our 2012 5K. Helping to set up and volunteer at the after party was an incredible experience.

Quote That Inspires Me

“The Power of Imagination Makes Us Infinite” ―John Muir

Why I Joined PWP

I wanted to volunteer some time that would effect a multitude of youth programs and charitable organizations in and around Hudson County. And I wanted to have fun doing it. Party with Purpose was the perfect fit.

John C. Mollard
John C. Mollard
Favorite Drink

My favorite drink is water. Room temperature water. If I want to get real crazy I will put in an ice cube and occassionally a wedge of lemon for those special times.

Favorite PWP Experience

I remember my first volunteer experience which was at a Thanksgiving Holiday Dinner at the Boys & Girls Club. I was so taken with the joy and the size of the smiles on all those kid. I was hooked and am happy to say that the experience is repeated so often in all of our PWP events.

Quote That Inspires Me

“Happiness consists in activity: such is the constitution of our nature; it is a running stream, and not a stagnant pool. ” – John M. Good

Jenifer Nastasi
Jenifer Nastasi
Arts & Music Festival and Holiday Event Chair
Favorite PWP Experience

The kids and the Boys and Girls Club coming up to thank me for their party.

Why I Joined PWP

I wanted to give back, and I love that the majority of our contributions go to support local kids.

Quote That Inspires Me

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.

Derek Pines
Derek Pines
What I Wanted to Be When I Grew Up

Pitcher for the NY Mets.

Why I Joined PWP

To give a little to those less fortunate than I am.

Quote That Inspires Me

“There is no limit to what one can do or where one can go, if one doesn’t mind who gets the credit.”

Stacey Warren
Stacey Warren
Winter Benefit Lead & Grant Committee
Favorite Hoboken Spot

On the beach in Spring Lake…well it’s sort of “Hoboken” in the summer time!

Favorite PWP Experience

The Winter Benefit of course!

Why I Joined PWP

I had just moved to Hoboken 3 days before and one night in a bar down the shore Scott and Brian convinced (aka peer pressured!) me to volunteer for the 5K.

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