Giving Back To Those in Need: A Thanksgiving 2016 Special Feature

Thanksgiving 2016: How An Award-Winning Designer Gives Back

For Peter Salerno, leading a truly blessed life means little unless he gives back to those in need. That’s why the award-winning owner of Peter Salerno Inc. takes such care to give to those in need – especially during the Thanksgiving season.

Peter Salerno, CMKBD, is the owner of Peter Salerno Inc., the most award-winning North American custom kitchen and bath design firm since 2002. His company’s list of accolades includes multiple Best Kitchen awards from the NKBA since 2010, HGTV People’s Choice Awards, and recognition from industry leaders like Sub-Zero, Wolf, La Cornue and Signature Kitchens & Baths Magazine.

Read how Peter Salerno and Peter Salerno Inc. are giving back this Thanksgiving season.
Read how Peter Salerno and Peter Salerno Inc. are giving back this Thanksgiving season.

As a recent article (pictured in this piece) states, “For Peter Salerno, genuine success means touching the lives of others in need”. Since the inception of Peter Salerno Inc. in 1997, Peter has sought out meaningful avenues through which to improve the lives of those in need.

One of those avenues is The Little Company of Mary, through which Peter Salerno has visited Zimbabwe and cared for those stricken by poverty and AIDS. Peter’s work with the Sisters of the Little Company of Mary, along with generous contributions, have led to the healthy birth of babies who otherwise may have risked life-altering illness or early death. Peter thanks his close friend Father Jim Kelly for introducing him to this worthwhile cause.

Peter Salerno's staff delivering Thanksgiving turkeys to St. Andrew's Church.
Peter Salerno Inc. donates turkeys to their local church’s food pantry.

Peter also serves on the board of Covenant House (New Jersey), which primarily serves homeless youth who have aged out of the formal state youth aid system.

“CHNJ gives (these young people) the opportunity to make the most of their talents and abilities and helps prepare them for adulthood,” Peter explains.

Every year, Peter Salerno and the Peter Salerno Inc. team strives to make Thanksgiving a wonderful experience for local families in need. For several years, the company has donated 75-100 turkeys per Thanksgiving to their church’s food pantry. It’s a blessing that fulfills Peter and his team as much as they people who receive Thanksgiving meals.

What can YOU do to take steps to assist those in need and give back this Thanksgiving season? According to Peter Salerno, it’s all about targeted giving.

“Instead of helping dozens of charities, choose two or three that resonate with you to maximize your effectiveness,” Peter encourages. “Imagine how much better a world (we’d have) if everyone who could, would take action.”

Christening Photos of Peter Salerno’s Granddaughter Jesse

Christening Photos of Peter Salerno’s Granddaughter Jesse

Beautiful Christening Photos of Jesse Caren Salerno

It was with pride, honor and love that Peter Salerno and his family celebrated the christening of beautiful baby Jesse, Peter’s first grandchild. The daughter of Anthony and Eve Salerno, Jesse Caren was christened by Father Jim Kelly on January 2, 2016.

Jesse Caren Salerno christening, photos courtesy of Peter Salerno Inc., 2016.

In a beautiful service at St. Andrew’s Church in Westwood, NJ, Jesse Caren was christened in front of adoring family and friends. The service included multiple traditional rites from different historical eras and regional Catholic faiths, and was orchestrated wonderfully by Father Jim.

Afterwards, Peter and Tracy Salerno invited family and friends back to their lovely home for a celebration, which lasted hours – mainly because no one could take their eyes off Jesse, who looked radiant in her white christening dress.

Jesse Caren Salerno christening, photos courtesy of Peter Salerno Inc., 2016.

But don’t take our word for it – look at these beautiful photos from Jesse Caren Salerno’s christening and see for yourself!

Jesse Caren Salerno christening, photos courtesy of Peter Salerno Inc., 2016.

We are so proud to share these photos with the world! The christening of baby Jesse was certainly a perfect way to ring in the New Year of 2016.

Peter Salerno and Family Celebrate Father Jim Kelly’s 50 Years of Service [PHOTOS]

Peter Salerno and Family Celebrate Father Jim Kelly’s 50 Years of Service [PHOTOS]

We Love and Honor Father Jim Kelly!

It is a rare gift in life to know someone who is not flesh and blood but that you still consider family. For Peter Salerno and his family, Father Jim Kelly is one of these special treasures.

Peter Salerno (left) with Father Jim Kelly.
Peter Salerno (left) with Father Jim Kelly.

Throughout much of Peter and Tracy Salerno’s lives, Father Jim Kelly has been a part of their “extended family”. From spiritual guidance and personal companionship, to religious services and heart-to-heart conversations, Father Jim has been an integral figure in the lives of the Salerno family.¬†Father Jim and Peter, along with other friends,¬†worked in Zimbabwe during the HIV/AIDS pandemic. It was an eye- and heart-opening experience for all involved.

More recently, Father Jim has presided over the weddings of both of Peter and Tracy’s children, as Anthony married his wife Eve and Gabrielle married her husband Bryan. He has also been a constant comfort through more difficult times, such as a recent passing in the Salerno family.

Peter and Tracy Salerno (left) with Father Jim Kelly.
Peter and Tracy Salerno (left) with Father Jim Kelly.

Through good times and difficult ones, celebrations and solemn occasions, Peter Salerno and his family have received the greatest of guidance, love and friendship from Father Jim Kelly. Always ready with a warm embrace, a clever joke or timely advice, those who know Father Jim know him to be a man of joy.

It is with pride, honor and a great deal of love that Peter, Tracy, and the entire Salerno family celebrate Father Jim Kelly and his 50 years of service to the church. Thank you, Father Jim, for being such a dear part of our lives.

Here’s to the continuation of a wonderful journey and friendship!

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