We were beyond honored to spend Wednesday night at the annual reception for Impact100 Garden State, which awarded grants of $102,500 to each of the two winning organizations among the six finalists who presented. Out of more than 90 applicants, the Lake Hopatcong Foundation was chosen as one of the six finalists for our “floating classroom” project, which would be a pontoon boat that can accommodate full classes of students and teachers for a hands-on experience on Lake Hopatcong (based on the one on Lake George). Although we were disappointed not to win the grant, the two organizations that did — Head Start Community Program of Morris County and the NJ Development Corporation FreePair Paterson Program — were so worthy of the financial boost for the innovative and life-changing projects they presented. It was a night of happy vibes and a great opportunity to spread the word about Lake Hopatcong and all the great work that’s being done on New Jersey’s largest lake. We’ll keep working to get that floating classroom on the lake, but for now, we are sending our gratitude to Impact100 Garden State for this amazing opportunity, as well as our congrats and best wishes to the winning organizations. Amazing things are happening in New Jersey!!