Growing up in a small northwestern New Jersey town, I learned early on about what it means to be part of a community — from zone defense parenting to knowing there was always an open door if you needed help, from post game passing the hat for ice cream at Herbie’s to firemen’s festivals straight out of a Norman Rockwell painting. Thinking of those around you was a natural part of my childhood.
When we moved to Doylestown, Pa., about 15 years ago, we found ourselves part of a similar community. One of the bricks in its foundation is the human tour de force, Kimberly Cambra. Kimberly is the spark and fire behind an organization called the CB Cares Educational Foundation. She and her team have an inimitable way of rallying their fellow community members to support the foundation’s mission of delivering programs and grants to promote resilient and responsible youth.
For the past four years, I’ve volunteered at the foundation’s annual Celebrity Chef & Waiter Gala, channeling my inner Mark Seliger to bring a little portrait magic to the festivities. Two of my favorite chefs, Elaine and Jeff Cohen, always come dressed in their finest themed garb. This year’s theme was Italy. Joining them in my gallery for the first time was Aldo Nerone Bove, Altomonte’s wine educator, who sported a killer Ventresca jacket that matched the vino in his glass.