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Life Guard Ecumenical Foundation (LGEF) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2009 by a group of neighbors in Fair Haven, NJ. Our mission is to raise awareness of those around us – our fellow neighbors – that are in need of assistance.

Just as a lifeguard sits on his stand and actively searches for those in need, such is the purpose of LGEF. Since our inception, we have organized events (such as neighborhood barbecues and multi-family yard sales) that have raised funds for food gift cards, overdue utility bills, excessive medical bills, and expensive life-dependent medications.

Each month, we are committed to finding a local family in need and hosting a fundraising event to benefit that family. We also do more than donate monetarily. We volunteer our time, skills, and resources at such local organizations as the Cub Scouts. Our ultimate hope is to spread a spirit of giving, encouraging other friends and neighbors to add a philanthropic element to their lives and to their community.

As an ecumenical foundation, we reach out to all denominations and faiths in hopes of finding the common ground of love.  Our belief is that if many people contribute a little bit of their time and / or money each month, we can truly make a difference in a person's life.

Our Goals

  • Find at least one individual or family each month who is in need of assistance.  Provide help that goes beyond what a normal food pantry or basic needs committee might do.  
  • Network with other charitable groups to identify and help fulfill the monetary or service needs of our community.
  • Spread a spirit of giving, encouraging friends and neighbors to "pay it forward".

Our Board Members

Jennifer L. Amabile
Jennifer joined the Board of Trustees of Life Guard Ecumenical Foundation (LGEF) at its inception in 2009, and currently serves as Secretary. Jennifer holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Bucknell University. She serves on the executive committee of Tower Hill School in Red Bank as well. Jennifer currently lives in Fair Haven with her husband John and their two children.

John R. Amabile
John Amabile is the President and founder of Life Guard Ecumenical Foundation. Founded in March of 2009, LGEF received its federal 501(c)(3) status effective April 2009. John holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Gordon College. John is a Regional Director for TS Capital a leader in product origination and distribution of third party asset management products specializing in the capital raising of closed end funds, Unit Investment Trusts, ETFs, and Structured Products.  John lives with his wife and two children in Fair Haven, NJ, and proudly serves as a deacon at Tower Hill First Presbyterian Church in Red Bank.

Kelly Fischer Busch
Kelly joined the Board of Trustees of Life Guard Ecumenical Foundation in January of 2010. Kelly is a Director in the Human Resources Department of UBS Financial Services in Weehawken, NJ. Kelly holds a B.A. in Political Science from Boston University. In addition to LGEF, Kelly is involved with Riverview Medical Center’s Paint the Town Pink, serving as a Committee Chair since its inception. Kelly is a lifelong resident of Monmouth County and currently resides in Fair Haven with her husband and two children.

James A. Kennedy
Jim joined the Board of Trustees of Life Guard Ecumenical Foundation at its inception in 2009. Jim is a principal of Kennedy Consulting Engineers, LLC (KCE), a civil engineering consulting firm located in Red Bank, NJ. Jim holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University, as well as a Masters in Business Administration from the Rutgers Graduate School of Management. Jim is a lifelong resident of Monmouth County and currently resides in Rumson with his wife and four children.

Tori A. McAndrews
Tori joined the Board of Trustees of Life Guard Ecumenical Foundation at its inception in 2009. Tori holds a B.A. in Communication from La Salle University. Tori is a member of the Junior League of Monmouth County and also serves on the executive board of the Fair Haven PTA. She currently resides in Fair Haven with her husband and three children.

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