Debbie Harry and Princeton resident James Burke, Chairman of The Burke Foundation, will be recognized at an event celebrating the tenacity and resilience of The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey (CHSofNJ) in improving newborn and childhood well-being since 1894. “One Way or Another,” the 130th annual gala of CHSofNJ is recognizing James Burke for his vision and leadership in making advances to improve the first 1,000 days of life for those in New Jersey’s healthcare deserts. Debbie Harry, better known as a music icon, is also a philanthropist and will share her connection to CHSofNJ and her personal journey as an adoptee. Wakisha Bailey, CBS Philadelphia News reporter, will serve as the master of ceremonies.

WHAT: Debbie Harry and James Burke will be honored at the 130th Annual Gala of The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey. Details are available at or by calling Lisa Thibault 609.273.7138 or via email to

WHEN: Saturday, April 6th 6pm-10pm

WHERE: Hyatt Regency Princeton, 102 Carnegie Center Drive Princeton, NJ 08540

WHY: For 130 years, CHSofNJ has continuously innovated new services and created programs to effectively improve the lives of infants, children and families. Emerging from the recent challenges of COVID-19, the organization wanted to celebrate the determination and the partnerships that made it successful.

Founded in 1894, The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey’s (CHSofNJ) mission is saving children’s lives and building healthy families. We achieve this mission through a continuum of supportive and preventative programs and services designed to protect abused or neglected infants and children; provide education and resources to strengthen and empower families; and help every child have a stable, permanent, and loving home.

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