Commitment To Our Community

Traphagen Financial Group understands the importance of giving back through public service initiatives and volunteerism to effectively address community issues.  For nearly 46 years, TFG has had a vested interest in the community.  We believe it is our responsibility to enhance the community where we live and work.

In addition to our major initiatives, TFG also earmarks a number of civic/community service organizations to support throughout the year.  Our community service efforts are supported by the dedication and commitment of the partners and associates of TFG who understand that public service is a core value of the firm.

Oradell 5K & Fun Run

At Traphagen Financial Group, we are proud supporters of physical fitness in the community.  Through our sponsorship with Oradell Kids Foundation, Alex Macchio, Desiree Martinez, Craig Sikora, Kathy Marsico, CPA, and Marissa Sinforosa represented the firm at the 11th Annual Oradell 5k & Fun Run.

 

 

Also, participating in the 5K and Family Fun Run, Eric Traphagen, Tax Accountant and his family, Kathy Marsico, CPA, Tax Advisor Compliance Manager's family, and Desiree Martinez, MS, Senior Auditor’s family.

      

 

 

Shred-It Day

Team TFG held a Shred-It Day at our office.  This event provided the community an opportunity to declutter and dispose of confidential documents.  An on-site shredding truck was present, as well as catered BBQ.  The Shredding Event was a huge success thanks to over 100 people who brought more than 7,000 pounds of confidential information to be shredded by Safe Shredding!

 

     

 

 

Heroes & Cool Kids Organizations

Associates volunteered at the concession stand at the PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club, on behalf of our client Heroes and Cool Kids. Heroes and Cool Kids is a non-profit organization that helps teach high school students to mentor grade school children who are in the pitfalls of adolescence.

 

 

 

Beard Shaving

Members of Traphagen Financial Group observed a 47- year old tradition of growing beards beginning January 1, to be shaved at close of business on April 18, this year's tax deadline.  The tradition was implemented by the company's founder, V. Peter Traphagen, CPA, PFS, AEP, CFP.

In conjunction with the Annual Beard Shaving, TFG partnered with the Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) to grow beards and raise awareness and funding for a cure for lymphoma. This year, more than $3,000 was raised for the Lymphoma Research Foundation.

 

 

Lee Denim Day

Lee National Denim Day is the largest single-day fundraiser for the fight against breast cancer.  Associates wore jeans to work in exchange for a donation to the fundraiser.   This year Team TFG raised a total of $715!

 

 

Marissa Sinforosa, Client Services Representative participated in the 2016 Monmouth County Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk at Monmouth University. Over $173,000 was raised at this year’s event, which will be used to fund the advancement of the scientific and medical research related to pancreatic cancer, the nation's fourth leading cause of cancer deaths.

Joseph DeLorenzo, CPA, and his daughter Catherine participated in the Walk to Fight Alzheimer’s® on October 30th at Bergen Community College in Paramus, New Jersey.  One hundred percent of funds raised at the walk benefit New Jersey families who have been impacted by Alzheimer’s disease through programs and services that provide assistance, guidance, relief from caregiving, emotional support and education, safety awareness, and clinical trial opportunities, as well as the funding of local research.

 

 

 

Christopher M. Chudyk, CPA, CITP participated in the Spartan Race where each course is filled with mud, water, and signature obstacles designed to help you discover your inner Spartan.  He ran in support of the Wounded Warriors, which is a charity and veteran’s service organization that offers a variety of programs, services, and events for veterans who incurred a mental or physical injury, illness, or wound following the events of September 11, 2001.

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Pictured is Jeff Hanson, CPA, PFS with former New York Jet Bruce Harper.  Harper is the president and co-founder of one of our clients, the non-profit organization Heroes & Cool Kids.

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Christopher M. Chudyk, CPA, CITP gave a Career Day presentation to the first grade class at Hubbard Elementary School in Ramsey, New Jersey.  Aspects of Chris’ presentation included walking the students through a typical day in the life of a Certified Public Accountant, as well as engaging the students in various math games. 

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Craig Sikora participated in the 2016 Congenital Heart Defects (CHD) Awareness Walk on September 25, 2016 at Darlington Park in Mahwah.  Craig and his family are involved in the organization, Congenital Heart Defects Coalition, which exists to improve the lives of those born with heart disease, also known as a congenital heart defect, by uniting and supporting the CHD community; increasing public awareness; and raising money for lifesaving medical research.

 

 

All Wrapped Up

For the sixth consecutive year Traphagen Financial Group participated in the Bergen Volunteer Center’s “All Wrapped Up” holiday giving program, through which members of the community purchase holiday gifts for families and individuals in need.  This year, nearly 3,600 people were served through the program!

 

Other associations TFG associates are involved in within their communities:

Domestic Violence Services – State of NJ Ramsey Junior Football Association Knights of Columbus Parent Teacher Associations Big Brother Big Sister National Auto Sports Association – Northeast Region Compassion International Fair Lawn All Sports Dance Xplosion All The World's A Stage Drama Group Ramapo Alumni Board