A Very Special Miles for Matheny: June 13 – 20

Spring is a usually a busy and wonderful season at Matheny. The weather is warm and welcoming. Our campus is green and full of flowers. Fun activities take place outside.

photo credit - Linda E. Horton

We all know that this spring has been different – and difficult. Although we are confident that there will be light at the end of this tunnel, a great deal of work still needs to be done before that time, and the health and safety of our patients and staff remain our top priorities. With this in mind, we will not be holding an in-person gathering for Miles for Matheny 2020. We’re very disappointed – this annual gathering with families, friends, and neighbors is one of the highlights of our year. We will sorely miss seeing you in person, but hope you will join us for a  new and special Virtual Miles for Matheny 2020!

The fundamentals of the event have not changed. We will still come together as a community to celebrate the incredible work done at Matheny. You can still run or cycle (while social distancing!) for us, if you wish. And, as usual, every dollar raised will go directly to our programs and services – medical care, education, physical therapy, music therapy, adult day care, recreational therapy, fine arts, and much more. You can learn more at our Miles for Matheny website, and look out for further updates by email and social media!

Even in these past few challenging weeks, we have seen plenty of things that are worth celebrating. Each and every day, our frontline staff – our healthcare heroes – give us reason for immense hope and gratitude, even amid our fear and anxiety. Matheny would not be Matheny without them. And we hope you’ll join us in celebrating them, even if it has to be from afar.

      To our devoted frontline employees and precious patients we lost – this Miles is for you.

Coronavirus Letter to the Matheny Community

Matheny’s Memorable Moments of 2019

Happy New Year! 2019 was a very good year—with way more than 10 memorable events and achievements. It was a tough choice, but these Top 10 picks are high on the list of Matheny’s most notable happenings. (Numbering does not signify importance.)

1. Matheny’s exceptionally safe, high-quality care for all patients was officially recognized when its specialized hospital passed The Joint Commission Accreditation Survey with flying colors. The compassion, respect, and empathy shown by employees were noted by the survey team.

2. February 9th marked the opening of a professionally curated Sotheby’s exhibit of 56 works by 5 prolific Matheny artists, all long-time participants in Matheny’s Arts Access Program. The Manhattan exhibit garnered widespread media coverage, and 17 exhibited works of art were purchased.

3. Matheny School teacher Darlene Tammara was recognized as Educator of the Year by ASAH, the association of private special education schools and agencies in NJ. A teacher at the Matheny School since 1990, she has introduced innovative skills-teaching activities for Matheny’s Transition classes. Matheny School

4. Music lovers rejoiced when New Jersey Symphony Orchestra members presented a series of performances on Matheny’s campus and in the adult day center in Hillsborough for residents, students, families, and friends in April, May and June, underwritten by Delta Dental of New Jersey.

5. For the third year in a row, Matheny welcomed Rutgers Biomedical Engineering student-interns—the largest class yet, numbering 23—to its Peapack campus to learn about, and help solve, daily challenges faced by Matheny’s residents.

6. A powerful video entitled, “Matheny Arts Access: 25 Years of Art Without Boundaries,” won 2 first place awards and Best in Show at the 51st Annual Jersey Awards, sponsored by the NJ Ad Club.

7. Five members of the Matheny choir, led by Matheny’s Music Therapy Department, performed at the induction of Tim McCloone, restaurateur, musician, and long-time Matheny friend and volunteer, into the New Jersey Hall of Fame in October.

8. The Friends of Matheny, a dedicated group of volunteers, once again raised more than $100,000 through their Second Chance Thrift Shop in Gladstone. These super-fundraisers have donated more than $3 million to support programs and activities at Matheny.

9. Miles for Matheny, which moved in June 2019 to the Far Hills Fairgrounds, drew a large crowd of participants and topped last year’s high with donations exceeding $130,000.

10. Matheny emphasizes activities that help integrate clients back into the community by working on skills to maximize independence. In 2019, the Recreation Therapy Department averaged 40 trips each month, which is almost unheard of in similar programs.

 

We look back at 2019 with heartfelt gratitude for all of our blessings. Your love and support is the fuel that will keep us going after 74 years of serving the special needs community. Thank you!

In 2020, we look forward to creating new memories!

OPEN INTERVIEW DAY – 11/16/19

Matheny is looking for great people like you! If you are looking for a rewarding career with great pay and benefits, Matheny is the place to be. Join us on Saturday, November 16, 2019 for our Open Interview Day.  If you are interested, please send your resume with subject line, “Open Interview Day” to: jobs@matheny.org.

Miles for Matheny – June 9, 2019

10 Things To Know Before You Go…

  1. Online Registration closes at midnight Friday, June 7th … but you can also register on Sunday at the Fairgrounds starting at 11:30 am
  2. Activities begin at noon but be sure to give yourself plenty of time for arrival and parking.
  3. Parking is available onsite. Just follow the signs and parking attendants will direct you to the parking
  4. Cyclists, please remember to wear your helmets!
  5. Download your ride here: Hills of Attrition        50 Mile Ride        35 Mile Ride         25 Mile Ride        12.5 Mile Ride 
  6. You can also pick up your cue sheet at registration check-in. Be safe!
  7. Miles will take place rain or shine but the weather forecast looks great! See for yourself: Weather.com     Accuweather.com
  8. The 5K starts at 1:00 pm. Click here to see the beautiful route we have planned for you!
  9. Directions to the Far Hills Fairgrounds can be found here
  10. Here is the schedule of events for the day 2019 Schedule of events

We can’t wait to see you on Sunday at Miles for Matheny!

 

Abilities Expo May 3 ~ 5

Matheny will be exhibiting at the New Jersey Convention Center this coming weekend!  Come and join us there! Say hello and receive a special discount coupon for  “Miles for Matheny”

Free Registration

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Our exhibit will be displayed at 539 and you can look on the map here

 

Miles for Matheny Registration is Open!

2019 Miles for Matheny registration is now open!

We are excited to bring back the Miles for Matheny 5K this year among other highlights. The event has moved to the Malcolm Belcher fairgrounds in Far Hills and all parking will be on site! No shuttles! We have 5 cycling rides with updated starting points, a 5K with USATF sanction pending, wheelchair walk, kids fun run all on premisis. Entertainment, food, fun!

Register here

Arts Access to receive $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

Peapack, NJ- National Endowment for the Arts Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter has approved more than $27 million in grants as part of the Arts Endowment’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2019.  Included in this announcement is a Challenge America grant of $10,000 to the Arts Access Program at Matheny for their Full Circle 2019 event. Challenge America grants support projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations—those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability.

“The arts enhance our communities and our lives, and we look forward to seeing these projects take place throughout the country, giving Americans opportunities to learn, to create, to heal, and to celebrate,” said Mary Anne Carter, acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Eileen Murray, Director of the Arts Access Program at Matheny, said “We are deeply appreciative to the National Endowment for the Arts for this generous award. This funding enables us to present Full Circle 2019, Arts Access’ signature arts event, showcasing and celebrating the remarkable visual, literary, and performing art created by our artists with disabilities. The artists take their rightful place in the spotlight, receiving recognition and applause for their tremendous accomplishments. We thank the NEA for supporting this unique event, Arts Access’ mission, and the limitless creativity that resides within our talented artists.”

Full Circle 2019, takes place on November 2nd, 2019 in the Robert Schonhorn Arts Center on the Matheny campus in Peapack. It consists of professional performers, designers, and curators who work alongside Arts Access artists to help bring their visions to life. The gallery show is accompanied by a culinary tasting provided by local gourmet restaurants. For additional event information including ticketing and sponsorship opportunities, go to: artsaccessprogram.org. For more information on this National Endowment for the Arts grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.

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Generous Grant Awarded to Matheny’s Arts Access Program

August 23, 2018, PEAPACK, NJ – Matheny is pleased to announce that the New Jersey State Council on the Arts has awarded a generous grant of over $37,000 to its innovative Arts Access Program. Arts Access, an integral part of Matheny, provides people with disabilities unlimited freedom to create and participate in the fine arts. The prestigious FY19 award supports Matheny’s mission of enhancing the quality of life for people with medically complex disabilities.

Part of a three-year funding cycle, the grant demonstrates New Jersey’s commitment to the arts for people with disabilities and underserved populations.  The Arts Council also announced Matheny as an FY19 Major Presenting and Service Organization and presented a Citation of Excellence.

Eileen Murray, Director of Arts Access, said, “We are extremely grateful to the NJ State Council on the Arts for their long-term and strong support of the Matheny Arts Access Program. Their generosity enables us to offer our artists the opportunity to fully express themselves through the arts. Arts Access, and all of New Jersey, is fortunate to have such a dynamic and dedicated arts council.” Now celebrating its 25th anniversary, Arts Access is a premiere fine arts program for people with disabilities throughout New Jersey. Support from the NJ State Council on the Arts also helps to bring the artists’ work to the public eye, through events such as Full Circle, Arts Access’ yearly arts celebration. Full Circle 2018 will take place on Saturday, November 3, 2018, and will showcase the Matheny artists’ work in the visual, literary and performing arts. Murray states, “Thanks to the generosity of organizations such as the NJ State Council on the Arts, the artists have a chance to shine and receive recognition for their artistic accomplishments.”

Matheny is also grateful to Governor Phil Murphy, Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver, and our legislative representatives, Senator Michael Doherty, Assemblyman John DiMaio, and Assemblyman Erik Peterson for making these resources available in order to offer these invaluable services to people with disabilities.

About Matheny Arts Access Program

Matheny’s mission is to provide exceptional care and an optimal quality of life for children and adults with special needs and medically complex developmental disabilities.  Matheny’s Arts Access program empowers individuals with disabilities to create art without boundaries. Through the use of innovative systems and techniques, participants can take part in the visual, performing and literary arts. Regardless of their disability, the artists are provided with the tools and materials need to produce complete pieces of work. To learn more about Matheny go to matheny.org; for more information about Arts Access, please visit artsaccessprogram.org.

About the NJ State Council on the Arts

The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, created in 1966, is a division of the NJ Department of State. The Council was established to encourage and foster public interest in the arts; enlarge public and private resources devoted to the arts; promote freedom of expression in the arts; and facilitate the inclusion of art in every public building in New Jersey. The Council receives direct appropriations from the State of New Jersey through a dedicated, renewable Hotel/Motel Occupancy fee, as well as competitive grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. To learn more about the Council, please visit artscouncil.nj.gov.

 

Charles “Chuck” Matheny 1941-2017

Dear Matheny Friends and Family:

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It is with great sadness that we have to inform you of the passing of Matheny School’s first student and the face of the Matheny community, Mr. Charles H. Matheny.  Charles was the inspiration and the catalyst for the origins of the school, which has become so many things to many different people, including a hospital, a clinic, a fine arts program, adult program, and group homes.  Mr. Matheny was and is a beacon of possibility and a model of excellence to which all our students, residents, patients, and clients can aspire to be.  During his lifetime, Mr. Matheny finished high school, learned to drive, mowed all the lawns of Matheny’s main campus, and ran the soda machines.

Mr. Matheny was far more than the sum of his accomplishments. He developed close relationships with all the staff and was interested in improving the lives of everyone within the Matheny Community.  He loved to attend Matheny fundraisers and Friends of Matheny events, conversing with people from all walks of life, and he took a very real interest in the students who resided in the school that bore his family name.  He attended back-to-school nights, graduations, plays, choir concerts, and museum coffee houses.  In fact, anything Matheny — he was all in.  Mr. Matheny was kind, humorous, and compassionate. Per his family: “Chuck lived an incredibly rich and meaningful life — a testament to the love and care that is cultivated and shared at Matheny. We are so grateful to the many friends, coworkers, and caregivers who have crossed his path and enriched his life.”

We will all miss Mr. Matheny, yet we shall carry on embodying the undeniable spirit of Charles H. Matheny.

Dr Sprott Signature 2017

 

 

 

Kendell R. Sprott, MD, JD

President and CEO

Matheny Medical and Educational Center

December 14, 2017

Full Circle 2017: Art of Possibility

This year’s Full Circle will feature some of Matheny’s most talented individuals!  When you purchase tickets to this special event, you are supporting incredible artists who know no limits!

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Matheny Artist, Ellen Kane, featured in the news.

Solo Dance Coming to Matheny

Read about one of Matheny’s talented artists, Ellen Kane! Her creativity will shine on stage on November 4th during our annual Full Circle Event. To purchase tickets, go to the Arts Access event registration page.

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