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Give Thanks For Girls Benefit Gala

November 18, 2017

The purpose of the Give Thanks for Girls Benefit Gala is to raise funds to support the work of the GrassROOTS Community Foundation (GCF). GCF is a public health and social action organization founded in 2011 by sociologist and public health scholar, Dr. Janice Johnson Dias, Associate Professor of Sociology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

 

Our mission is to create a world where all girls grow up to be healthy women.

For the past seven  years, GrassROOTS, through our intensive summer leadership camp and SuperGirls Society, has encouraged and activated girls to become youth leaders and changemakers.

 

Through their local, national and international meeting and training program, these SuperGirls have developed a series of social actions projects via the following programs:

  • #MathWizGames held free STEM (science, technology, engineering & mathematics) games for girls
  • #1000BlackGirlBooks collected 10,000 books and donated 2,000 books to local schools and libraries
  • #RoomForChange program decorated and redesigned rooms at the YMCA in Newark for unaccompanied minors
  • #FullCourtDress collected and donated winter coats, hats and scarves for youth experiencing housing insecurity
  • #Food4Life Summit organized food justice games to educate young people on healthy eating

 

RWJBarnabas HealthCare Fellows Program:

  • 25 hours of training by doctoral level scholars on healthcare and health disparities
  • 6 hour training on implicit bias and professional development
  • 32 hours of onsite experiential learning under the leadership of top level healthcare executives. Girls explore various aspects of health care including policy, pharmacology, and marketing, and develop a culminating capstone project.

 

2017 Goals:

  • Expand our summer leadership camp to serve more girls, particularly those in Newark
  • Increase the capacity of our HealthCare Fellowship Program

 

2017 Honorees

This year we honor girls who are making new lanes and extending our lens of Black girl possibilities. The Black Girl Excellence Award will be given to three national girls and two local girls from New Jersey who are doing this work daily.

 

Marsai Martin: At 13 years old, she is the youngest black actor on primetime television, starring on ABC’s Emmy award-winning show, “black-ish”. Marsai’s  character, Diane Johnson,  is unlike any that has been seen on television since the 1970s:she is bright, bold and daring.Diane is not a stereotype and neither is the real Marsai Martin. A charming young woman with impeccable comedic timing, the range of her talent is clear. Her creativity knows no boundaries from “Black-ish” to her award winning performance as Melody in An American Girl Story- Melody 1963: Love Has To Win, Marsai is showing the world new Black girl possibilities.

 

Haile Thomas: This 16 year old, homeschooled 11th grader is a youth health activist, motivational speaker, teen vegan chef and the youngest certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Haile is also the founder and executive director of the HAPPY  (Healthy Active Positive Purposeful Youth Organization, established in 2012 in Tucson, Arizona, now based in New Windsor, New York.  HAPPY) was established to address the need for free and/or low cost nutrition and culinary education for young people in underserved and at-risk communities. At 10 years old, she successfully helped to reverse her father’s type-2 diabetes through healthy eating and other lifestyle changes. Haile is one of the first 8 young chefs featured on season one of “Rachael vs. Guy Kids-Cook-Off”, and “Cupcake Wars Kids” on the Food Network. She also worked for two years as the Jr. Chef Advisor for Hyatt Hotel’s “For Kids – By Kids” menu, with her kids’ menu recipes served at all Hyatt Resorts in North America and the Caribbean.

 

Mikaila Ulmer: Twelve  year-old Mikaila Ulmer has turned her experience with bees,  dedication to the environment and her grandmother’s lemonade recipe into a winning formula. Chief Executive Officer of Me and the Bees Lemonade, Mikaila is a force of nature and nurture. Securing a $60,000 investment on the TV show “Shark Tank” and a contract with Whole Foods, she’s also been featured on “Good Morning America” and NBC News, and in Forbes and Time magazines. Mikalia  was named among the Top 25 People Shaping Retail’s Future by the National Retail Foundation, has spoken onstage with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella before 15,000 people at the WE Day Seattle conference in 2016, and introduced President Barack Obama at the 2016 United State of Women Summit.

 

 

We also recognize our SuperGirl of the Year, a young girl  who contributes his or her time and resources in support of GrassROOTS’ mission such that they have earned and deserve our heartfelt gratitude and recognition.

The 2017 GIVE THANKS for Girls Benefit Gala is being held at the historic Robert Treat Hotel in Newark, New Jersey. All guests will be provided with complimentary valet and coat check service upon arrival.

 

7:00-8:30pm – MYX & Mingle VIP Cocktail Reception

Host: Mona Scott-Young, CEO of Monami Entertainment

The reception provides a perfect networking opportunity to mix and mingle with entertainment industry professionals, government officials, GCF supporters and other influencers.

 

Cocktails courtesy of MYX fusions Moscato & Sangria. Live jazz by the Enoch Smith Jr. Band.

 

9:00-11:00pm – Dinner and Award Presentation Ceremony

During your 4-course seated dinner and cocktails, guests  will enjoy the beautiful sounds of by the Enoch Smith Jr. Band as well as an African drum and dance performance and presentation by our GrassROOTS SuperGirls. Following the award presentations, DJ Scotty Nevers will keep us on the dance floor all night.

 

TICKETS

MYX & Mingle VIP Cocktail Reception (7:00-8:30pm) – $100

  • Hosted by Mona Scott-Young, CEO of Monami Entertainment. Enjoy open bar and cocktails courtesy of MYX Fusions Moscato & Sangria and hors d’oeuvres by Fabulous Appetizers as you mix and mingle with entertainment industry professionals, government officials, GCF supporters and other influencers. Complimentary valet and coat check service. Live jazz band. Great networking opportunity.

 

Dinner and Award Presentation Ceremony (9:00-11:00pm) – $125-$150

  • Gourmet 4-course seated dinner and premium top shelf open bar. Live performances and award presentation ceremony.  Live jazz band and sounds by DJ Scotty Nevers. Complimentary valet and coat check service. Gift bags courtesy of L’Oreal and Monami Entertainment.

 

GIVE THANKS Benefit Gala FULL NIGHT (7:00-11:00pm) – $ 200

  • Includes all the benefits of the VIP Cocktail Reception as well as the Dinner and Award Show. Complimentary valet service and coat check. Gift bags courtesy of L’Oreal and Monami Entertainment.

 

Table for 10-$1100

  • Bring 10 friends together for a great night of celebration. Together you will enjoy prime seating and a 4-course seated dinner and premium top shelf open bar.

 

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

This year we honor girls who are making new lanes and extending our lens of Black girl possibilities. The Black Girl Excellence Award will be given to three national girls and two local girls from New Jersey who are doing this work daily.

 

Marsai Martin: At 13 years old, she is the youngest black actor on primetime television, starring on ABC’s Emmy award-winning show, “black-ish”. Marsai’s  character, Diane Johnson,  is unlike any that has been seen on television since the 1970s:she is bright, bold and daring.Diane is not a stereotype and neither is the real Marsai Martin. A charming young woman with impeccable comedic timing, the range of her talent is clear. Her creativity knows no boundaries from “Black-ish” to her award winning performance as Melody in An American Girl Story- Melody 1963: Love Has To Win, Marsai is showing the world new Black girl possibilities.

 

Haile Thomas: This 16 year old, homeschooled 11th grader is a youth health activist, motivational speaker, teen vegan chef and the youngest certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Haile is also the founder and executive director of the HAPPY  (Healthy Active Positive Purposeful Youth Organization, established in 2012 in Tucson, Arizona, now based in New Windsor, New York.  HAPPY) was established to address the need for free and/or low cost nutrition and culinary education for young people in underserved and at-risk communities. At 10 years old, she successfully helped to reverse her father’s type-2 diabetes through healthy eating and other lifestyle changes. Haile is one of the first 8 young chefs featured on season one of “Rachael vs. Guy Kids-Cook-Off”, and “Cupcake Wars Kids” on the Food Network. She also worked for two years as the Jr. Chef Advisor for Hyatt Hotel’s “For Kids – By Kids” menu, with her kids’ menu recipes served at all Hyatt Resorts in North America and the Caribbean.

 

Mikaila Ulmer: Twelve  year-old Mikaila Ulmer has turned her experience with bees,  dedication to the environment and her grandmother’s lemonade recipe into a winning formula. Chief Executive Officer of Me and the Bees Lemonade, Mikaila is a force of nature and nurture. Securing a $60,000 investment on the TV show “Shark Tank” and a contract with Whole Foods, she’s also been featured on “Good Morning America” and NBC News, and in Forbes and Time magazines. Mikalia  was named among the Top 25 People Shaping Retail’s Future by the National Retail Foundation, has spoken onstage with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella before 15,000 people at the WE Day Seattle conference in 2016, and introduced President Barack Obama at the 2016 United State of Women Summit.

 

We also recognize our SuperGirl of the Year, a young girl  who contributes his or her time and resources in support of GrassROOTS’ mission such that they have earned and deserve our heartfelt gratitude and recognition.

GIVE THANKS Corporate Sponsor Opportunities

  • Includes all the benefits of the VIP Cocktail Reception as well as the Dinner and Award Show.
  • Premier table with seating for (10) and table signage listing company as proud Corporate sponsor
  • Complimentary valet service and coat check
  • Brand mention and logo in program and in all pre and post-event press and recaps.
  • Brand/Logo on step and repeat and all printed materials
  • Opportunity to include products in gift bags (provided courtesy of L’Oreal and Monami Entertainment)

 

Diamond Sponsorship- $15,000

Allows GrassROOTS to provide all below:

  • 10 week race training program for residents of Essex County
  • Free registration for as many as 160 participants of Roots, Rock, Run 5k
  • Title sponsor of Roots, Rock, Run 5k in Newark, New Jersey

 

Plantium Sponsorship- $10,000

            Allows GrassROOTS to provide all below:

  • Full scholarship for 4 girls to attend SuperCamp, our summer leadership camp
  • Family strengthening program for 5 mothers and her children

 

Gold Sponsorship- $5,000

Allows GrassROOTS to provide all below:

  • Full scholarship for 3 girls to attend SuperCamp, our summer leadership camp

 

Organizer: Mona Scott-Young

Contact: MScott-Young@grassrootscommunityfoundation.org

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Turkey Drive

October 20, 2017 - November 17, 2017

Georgia King Village is located in the West Ward of Newark, NJ. The housing development is home to over one thousand residents, more than 80% of whom receive a public housing subsidy. Single, black mothers head the majority of the households. Most residents participate in the labor force, but lack the income to be fully economically sufficient. Newark, the West Ward neighborhood, and GKV have long been challenged by poverty and violence. Almost 30% of Newark’s residents live below the US poverty threshold. In 2007, four college students were killed by execution-style shootings that were part of a gang initiation in a large public park in the West Ward.

 

To raise funds, we host an annual turkey drive event. The 2013 celebration was held at the home of long-time GrassROOTS supporter Ms. Tanji Dewberry who held the belief that when we give we get.

#turkeydrive

We partner with Girl Scout Troop #40724 for the turkey drive. Each turkey is labeled with an inspirational “love tag” (a message of hope and goodwill).

 

We partner with New Jersey State Gardens. In addition to the turkey, each needy family receives over 5lbs of fresh organic fruits and vegetables.

 

Funding: 2011- present

Organizer: GrassROOTS Community Foundation

Contact: info@grassrootscommunityfoundation.org

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