Chuck Matheny with the Friends of Matheny
The mission of the Friends of Matheny is to “aid in the support of and render services to the Matheny Medical and Educational Center.” Matheny Medical and Educational Center, located in Peapack, New Jersey, is a nationally recognized institution that addresses the needs of children and adults with medically complex developmental disabilities such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and Lesch-Nyhan disease.

Organized by a small group of volunteers in 1983, The Friends of Matheny have raised over $3 million dollars under the direction of a dedicated Board of Directors. Through numerous fundraisers and donations, The Friends of Matheny members continue to make an enormous impact on the individuals living with these disabilities at Matheny by contributing to unique programs and providing funds for recreational and therapeutic activities. This year, The Friends will be celebrating 30 years of enhancing the quality of life for the students, patients and residents of Matheny. New members and ideas are always welcome.

Second Chance Thrift Shop

The Friends of Matheny’s most successful ongoing fundraiser, the Second Chance Shop, is open September through June. The shop is run by a dedicated group of more than 140 volunteers. Gently used donated items include housewares, jewelry, furniture, books, and clothing and one-of-a-kind items. 

Shop hours are Monday (9:30 – 6pm); Tuesday - Friday (9:30 – 4pm); and Saturdays (10 – 3pm).

If you have questions about donations or volunteering call 908-234-2016. Look for us on FacebookClick here for more information.

Current Initiatives

Each year The Friends of Matheny allocates funds for specific items submitted by the staff at Matheny via a “wish list” Wish list items are not covered under Matheny’s operating budget but are critical in enhancing the quality of life for the students and residents. Recent allocations include three adaptive bathtubs, many technology items such as iPads and a SMART board, adaptive sports equipment and trips, climbing walls, and therapeutic equipment. 

Click here for a full list of 2012/2013 allocations.

Friends of Matheny Luncheon

The Friends of Matheny held its annual end-of-the season luncheon on June 5 at the Roxiticus Golf Club in Mendham and Friends president Liz Geraghty, a resident of Cranford, handed Matheny Medical and Educational Center president Steve Proctor a check for $60,000.

Some of The Friends of Matheny officers for 2013-2014 gathered outside the Roxiticus Golf Club after the luncheon (from left) Lisa Novella, a resident of Peapack, corresponding secretary; Nancy Hojnacki, Bernardsville, Vice president membership; Liz Geraghty, Cranford, president; Karen Thompson, Gladstone, vice president membership; and Jean Wadsworth, Basking Ridge, recording secretary. Click here for more information.