Supporting Grieving Kids at Good Grief’s Speakeasy Soirée

Malena Attar Press

(Morristown, NJ) – On Friday, October 20, Canoe Brook Country Club will be transformed into “the classiest joint in town,” as Good Grief celebrates the seventh annual Great Pumpkin Ball: Speakeasy Soirée. Guests will be transported back to the era of Moonshine, Cool Cats and Red Hot Jazz, while supporting Good Grief’s mission. In keeping with the theme, 1920’s attire is encouraged, and the evening will feature a Whiskey & Wine Pull in addition to an amazing array of silent auction items.

The highlight of the night, however, will be the Good Grief Kid MCs. Each year, children from Good Grief’s programs step up in front of over 250 guests to share their story, leaving everyone in the room inspired. All funds raised at the Speakeasy Soirée will go directly to support the children and families served throughout the year. Good Grief’s mission is to provide unlimited and free support to children, teens, young adults, and families after the death of a mother, father, sister, or brother through peer support programs, education, and advocacy. The organization is 100% privately funded and the programs are free to families.

Long-time sponsor Patrick Sullivan, Managing Director of the Private Advisor Group, has supported the Great Pumpkin Ball since its early beginnings. “I have seen first-hand how Good Grief has made a positive impact on the lives of those that it reaches.  Good Grief could do so much more with the additional support of local companies, and those companies would also benefit as employees who suffer a loss would get the benefit of Good Grief’s programs,” said Mr. Sullivan.

In addition to the ongoing and meaningful support the Speakeasy Soirée receives from Private Advisor Group, Good Grief is proud to count Bayer Healthcare, Celgene, Atlantic Health System, and Princeton HealthCare System among its 2017 corporate sponsors. Supporting grieving children is a community-wide effort. “We are grateful to the individuals and companies who help us to achieve our goals,” said Good Grief CEO Joseph Primo. “Through the generosity of our donors, our centers in Morristown and Princeton provide support to over 750 participants each month, working to ensure that no child ever has to grieve alone.”

To purchase event tickets, become an event sponsor, place an ad, or to get involved, go to, call 908-522-1999 x8002, or email


Good Grief is respected as a national leader in delivering grief services to children and their families. It is the leading provider of these services in New Jersey, serving over 1,000 children since its founding in 2004. Good Grief is a registered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit organization whose mission is to provide unlimited free support to children, teens and families after the death of a parent or sibling. Servicing more than 200 Communities, Good Grief operates programs in Morristown and Princeton. For more information