Thank you to all who joined us for Isles’ 2022 Spring Celebration! On Saturday April 9 Isles hosted a cocktail-style party of local food, drink and entertainment that recognized our 40 years of impact, and honored two important friends in a one-of-a-kind event space at the Social Profit Center at Mill One. Learn more about the evening’s sponsors and honorees down below.
About the Event
Isles’ Spring Celebration is an in-person, “cocktail-style” party that recognizes Isles’ 40 years of impact and honors two important friends.
Date: Saturday, April 9, 2022
Time: 6 pm
Address: Social Profit Center at Mill One, 1 North Johnston Ave, Hamilton, NJ 08609
Parking is available on site
Isles is pleased to honor two important friends of Isles during this year’s Spring Celebration:
Bernel Hall, President of New Jersey Community Capital
Bernel Hall is the President and CEO of New Jersey Community Capital, a community development financial institution that works to create thriving communities through strategic investments and knowledge. NJCC promotes economic growth to strengthen neighborhoods, improve individual and community health and well-being, and provides a holistic approach to neighborhood revitalization to help foster more equitable and inclusive communities.
A former investment banker, public housing executive, and real estate finance professor, Bernel is an expert in large, multi-faceted public-private real estate transactions. Over the past 20 years, Bernel has executed over $5 billion in real estate investment, lending, and disposition transactions for multifamily, retail, office, and hotel properties in 36 states throughout the US. He most recently served as President and CEO of Invest Newark, where established a proven track record of transformative leadership that resulted in wealth creation for underserved communities throughout New Jersey’s largest City.
Prior to that, he was CEO of Halltown Real Estate Advisors, serving as real estate investment advisor to some of the largest housing authorities in the country. Previous tenures include the Atlanta Housing Authority (“AHA”), Mr. Hall established an $100 million co-investment vehicle between AHA, HUD, and the Atlanta Economic Development Authority (“Invest Atlanta”), the New York City Housing Authority (“NYCHA), Goldman Sachs’ Urban Investment Group, and Bank of America’s Construction Lending and Real Estate Investment Banking Groups. Bernel is a licensed Uniform Investment Advisor (Series 65) and possesses a Bachelor of Science from North Carolina State University and a M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.
New Jersey Community Capital has been a longtime partner of Isles, since Isles’ Founder Marty Johnson became a co-founder of NJCC in 1990 to develop a way for communities without access to conventional finance to organize their own financial resources for community development. Most recently, NJCC played a critical role in the financing of Isles’ Mill One complex which houses the Social Profit Center and a dozen other nonprofits, including Isles’ administrative and training offices. NJCC provided bridge financing to enable construction to stay on track, and then shepherded Isles through a complex New Markets Tax Credit financing process that secured the funds needed to finish the project and provide a stable foundation for the complex.
Judy Scheide, Isles’ friend and supporter
Judy Scheide is the former president of the Scheide Fund, a private philanthropy that has touched the lives of millions of people from all walks of life from all over the world.
For 17 years she worked at Princeton University, coordinating events and later fundraising for classes. Previously she was an educator in the Upper Freehold Regional Schools, the Princeton Regional Schools, and the Minneapolis school system. She founded the Wilmington Montessori Association elementary program.
Currently, Judy serves on the boards of the Center of Theological Inquiry, the Dryden Ensemble, McCarter Theatre, the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, and on the advisory councils of the Arts Council of Princeton and the Princeton Senior Resource Center. She has previously served on numerous boards and committees including the American Montessori Society, the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, and the advisory council for the Democratic National Committee.
A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, she received her bachelor’s degree from the University of St. Catherine and her master’s degree in English literature from the University of Minnesota.
Judy, and her late husband Bill, have had a long and valued relationship with Isles over the years. Together, they have advocated, fought for, and funded important work to advance Isles’ efforts around education, training, and poverty relief. Judy has been, and continues to be, a champion of the Social Profit Center and was pivotal in securing this building’s restoration and development into a one-of-a-kind center for nonprofit collaboration and cooperation.
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Thank You to our Sponsors
COVID Safety Information
Isles will follow local and CDC guidelines pertaining to COVID safety, taking into account local transmission rates and gathering best practices. We will offer optional, complimentary masks to guests upon entry.
Building-safe features: The Social Profit Center at Mill One features a high efficiency heating and cooling systems, including a unique fresh air injection system. In addition, the high ceilings in the event space and operable windows increase air circulation capabilities.
Note that any changes to COVID guidelines will be posted on this page as well as emailed to registered attendees.