Traphagen CPAs & Wealth Advisors understands the importance of giving back through public service initiatives and volunteerism to effectively address community issues. For more than 50 years, Traphagen has had a vested interest in the community. We believe it is our responsibility to enhance the community where we live and work.
Bergen Volunteer Center
Traphagen CPAs & Wealth Advisors is proud to once again participate in the 2023 Bergen Volunteer Center ALL WRAPPED UP Holiday Giving Program by adopting a family for 13 years in a row!
This year, we were able to adopt a family of seven and purchase gift certificates, toys, clothing and household items, while providing holiday cheer to them.
Lee National Denim Day
Traphagen CPAs & Wealth Advisors participated in the American Cancer Society's Annual Denim Day Fundraiser to support their breast cancer programs!
Associates donated to the Team Traphagen CPAs & Wealth Advisors' Making Strides of Bergen County Page and pledged to wear pink and jeans to work to show how they are helping the American Cancer Society free the world from the pain and suffering of breast cancer.
Making Strides is the largest network of breast cancer events in the nation - and they do more than just walk. They raise money to help the American Cancer Society fund groundbreaking breast cancer research and provide patient services like free rides to chemo, free places to stay near treatment, and a live 24/7 cancer helpline.
This year we were able to exceed our goal and raised over $1,000!
Oradell 5K & Fun Run
At Traphagen CPAs & Wealth Advisors, we are proud supporters of our community. Through our sponsorship with Oradell Kids Foundation Traphagen sponsored and participated in the Oradell Kids Foundation (OKF) 14th annual 5K & Fun Run.
We are proud to announce we had 6 individual winners & our team won 3rd place!
Congratulations to Nicholas Lenge, Andrew Varteresian, Jeff Hanson, Bonifacio Yrad, Alex Macchio & Ashley Chudyk on winning medals!
Congratulations to Team Traphagen on our 3rd Place Win!
Annual Beard Shaving
Traphagen CPAs & Wealth Advisors celebrated our Annual Beard Shaving Event! A 50 + year old Annual Income Tax Day tradition of partnering with a local charity to grow their beards and raise awareness for a charitable cause.
This year, the Partners were pleased to support Columbia’s Pancreas Center’s Hope Ahead Campaign; a campaign that will support new research studies and clinical initiatives that are improving the ability to care for pancreatic cancer patients.
Since its founding in 2006, the Hope Ahead Campaign has raised more than $25 million to advance the Pancreas Center’s mission; to increase the cure rate for individuals with pancreatic cancer. This foundation is meaningful to our associate, Carolynn Derian since she was impacted and underwent a life-saving treatment & we are not only happy, but proud as firm to help support this campaign.
Share USA has donated to UNICEF USA
Traphagen CPAs & Wealth Advisors is pleased to announce that Share USA has donated to UNICEF USA in support of UNICEF's humanitarian response to the war in Ukraine. UNICEF is responding to provide vulnerable children and families with essential supplies and services on the ground, including health, nutrition, education, and safe water.
As background, V. Peter Traphagen, Sr., the Founding Partner & Director of Investment Strategies of Traphagen CPAs & Wealth Advisors, is the President & Chair of the Board of Directors of Share USA, Inc. Traphagen CPAs & Wealth Advisors have been long-time supporters of Share USA, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) community-based organization. Established in June 2000, the organization's goal is to become a familiar voice in all communities.
As a proud advocate of Share USA for many years, V. Peter Traphagen expressed gratitude for this generous donation. Peter said, "When we learned about this crisis affecting millions of Ukrainians, Share USA wanted to help. We cannot think of a more deserving cause to aid the Ukrainians to maintain their freedom."
To learn more about: Share USA, please visit the website.
Photo credit @Melnic Vladimir
Traphagen CPAs & Wealth Advisors were recognized for their community service efforts during this year’s Bergen Volunteers Annual Volunteer Awards Luncheon! The Annual Volunteer Recognition Awards recognize, honor, and celebrate those in and around the Bergen County area who have given their time & talent generously for the benefit of the community.
Robert Traphagen, CPA, CGMA is pictured with Nina Bachrach, CEO of Bergen Volunteers, accepting the award on behalf of the firm at this year’s ceremony.
Congratulations Team Traphagen!
Team Traphagen held a Shred-It Day at our office. An on-site shredding truck was present to provide the community with an opportunity to declutter, dispose of documents, and reduce the risk of confidential information being compromised. The Shredding Event was a huge success thanks to people who brought more than 7,000 pounds of confidential information to be shredded by Pro Shred Security!
Operation Gratitude: Saying "Thank You" To All Who Serve
Team Traphagen is proud to once again support Operation Gratitude in the Halloween Candy Give-Back program. Operation Gratitude sends a handful of candy with every care package to deployed Troops, Veterans and First Responders.
This year we collected an incredible 42 lbs of candy, smashing last years record of 26 lbs for all who bravely serve our nation!
Congenital Heart Defects Coalition
Craig Sikora and his family participated in the 2019 Congenital Heart Defects Coalition (CHD) Awareness Walk for the 10th consecutive year, 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.
The Northern Trust PGA
Desiree Martinez, MS, Kevin Feeney, CPA, MST, Veronica Gonzalez, EA, Craig Sikora, Jeff Muscio, Alex Macchio, & David Suthar volunteered at The Northern Trust PGA Tour at Ridgewood Country Club in NJ, by working at the concession stands to raise funds for our client Heroes & Cool Kids .
Heroes & Cool Kids is a New Jersey based not-for-profit organization formed by former NFL player for the New York Jets, Bruce Harper, where professional athletes (Heroes) train high school students to mentor 5th and 6th grade students (Cool Kids) in their district to address the profound issues facing children daily.
Day at the Races for "Sean's Pals"
Craig Sikora and his family attended a Day at the Races for "Sean's Pals" Picnic and Barbecue hosted by Traphagen clients, Bill and Jodi Squires at Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport, NJ.
Bill and Jodi Squires have been committed to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis since 2002 when their son was diagnosed with the disease. Every year, they are able to fund further research benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation with the support of family, friends and colleagues.
Heroes & Cool Kids Golf Outing
Jeff Hanson CPA, PFS, AEP, CFP, Craig Sikora, and Traphagen client & President, Brand Leader of Trajectory, Eric Brody participated in a foursome with Greg Buttle, retired NY Jets linebacker at the 2018 Heroes & Cool Kids Golf Outing at the Edgewood Country Club, in River Vale. Also, in attendance, was Robert J. Traphagen, CPA, CGMA and Desiree Martinez, MS.
Habitat for Humanity
Team Traphagen volunteered with Habitat for Humanity in collaboration with Allendale Senior Affordable Housing to help build homes for low-income senior citizens. Habitat for Humanity builds affordable homes around the world in partnership with families in need of a decent place to live.
In addition to our major initiatives, Traphagen 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 Traphagen who understand that public service is a core value of the firm.
Traphagen CPAs & Wealth Advisors is also a proud sponsor of the following organizations:
| Team RWB (Team Red, White & Blue)
|5K and Fun Run - Oradell Kids Foundation
|Lustgarten Foundation Pancreatic Cancer Research
|Congenital Heart Coalition (CHD)
Other associations Traphagen associates are involved in within their communities:
Christopher Barron Live Life Foundation • Oradell Public Library • 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 • Southside Soccer Club • All The World's A Stage Drama Group • Ramapo Alumni Board