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2015 Give Thanks
Give Thanks Benefit Gala

November 19, 2016

The purpose of Give Thanks Benefit Gala is to raise funds to support the work of the GrassROOTS Community Foundation.  As a social action and public health organization, we provide health and wellness programs for  women, girls and community members in Essex County, New Jersey so they can sustain or achieve high levels of well-being.

Proceeds from Give Thanks go towards investing in the most often ignored group of women: mothers. Mothers are the roots of our community and in caring for their families they often ignore their own health and well-being.

 

#givethanks.

To support mothers, we have developed a family-strengthening program designed to serve mothers and their children. Our 12-week program, based on social-cognitive theory, is designed around four African-centered principles: Truth, Order, Balance, and Reciprocity.  These principles foster understanding, skill development, and social advocacy. The curriculum facilitates healthy family development.   At the end of the program, mothers and children will have the ability to: 1) explain the basic components of good healthy parenting; 2) demonstrate the use of these skills in their daily lives; and 3) share these skills with their peers, family and community.

 

With your support we can provide this much needed service to more families in need. We must strengthen the roots of our communities in order for our communities to grow and prosper.

 

The GIVE THANKS Wellness Warrior Award was created to honor the memory of dedicated GrassROOTS supporter, Tanji Dewberry. Two years ago Tanji died in a house fire while trying to save her son, Evan Soler.

 

Despite her own struggle with clinical depression and anxiety, Tanji Dewberry committed her life to helping women and children and served as a mentor to our girls in the GrassROOTS Supercamp program. Additionally, Tanji raised funds to support our work in Newark and at her own personal expense, hosted the first GIVE THANKS fundraiser at her home.

 

Every year, the Wellness Warrior Award selects and honors two outstanding women who embody Tanji’s spirit. Women who have shown great courage in the face of their own devastating health challenges but continued to selflessly give back to their communities. We call these women Warriors because as such, they use their strength to transform themselves and help others.

 

Last year we honored two amazing Wellness Warriors who have devoted their lives to improving the health and well-being of the residents of Newark. Kym Gilchrist, a community organizer, who has survived eight brain surgeries but continues to work and help her community. We also honored high school history teacher, Sonia Fergus, who has never taken a sick day during her 15 years of teaching, such that she was present at work the day before her thyroid cancer surgery.

 

We also honor our Volunteer of the Year, an individual 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.

2016 GIVE THANKS Benefit Gala is being held at the exquisitely historic Orange Lawn Tennis Club.  The fireplace lit entrance to the newly-built Grand Ballroom. provides a spacious and beautiful panoramic view. The 22 ft. ceilings gives a feeling of pure opulence.  All guests will be provided with courtesy valet service upon arrival.

 

7:00-8:30pm – MYX & Mingle VIP Cocktail Reception
Hosts: Mona Scott-Young, CEO of Monami Entertainment, and SuperGirl Marley Dias, Founder of the #1000BlackGirlBooks campaign. The reception provides a perfect networking opportunity to mix and mingle with entertainment industry professionals and government officials. Confirmed guests include:  Mayor Ras J. Baraka of Newark, Darrell Terry, President of RWJ Barnabas and Khalil Muhammad, Former Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Hors d’oeuvres provided by Fabulous Appetizers and cocktails courtesy of MYX fusions Moscato & Sangria. Live jazz by Enoch Smith Jr. Band.

 

7:00 -10:00pm – Silent Auction
Raytroniks motorized Scoot-e bike (value $3000)
Frederique Constant Geneve Watch (value $2300)
Serena Williams autographed tennis racket and ball
90 minute Consultation courtesy of Skai Blue Media Public Relations

 

9:00-11:00pm – Dinner and Award Presentation Ceremony
During your 4-course dinner and cocktails you will enjoy the beautiful sounds of jazz by 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 dancing  through the night.

GrassROOTS has four areas of focus: physical, mental, and sexual health and the economics of health. Each year we select women who work in one of these areas to foster community well-being.

 

Last year we honored women who endured several physical health challenges to serve their community. This year we focus on the mental health field as we select and honor two women from the Greater Newark, New Jersey area who despite their own struggle for mental wellness, work tirelessly to support our community members’ mental well-being.

 

2016 Volunteer of the Year – Sherille Raymond, is a SuperMom who also devoted a tremendous amount of time organizing and leading volunteers for last year’s Turkey Drive and Elderly Dinner. Sherille has spent countless hours raising funds for our leadership camp. She solicited and received computers so that our girls and GrassROOTS interns could have access to much needed technology. She has extended her service to the organization by agreeing to serve as the liaison for SuperGirls Society, our newly formed sorority for young black girls who are committed to sisterhood and service.

Sponsorship Opportunities

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 and government officials. Complimentary valet service. Live jazz band. Great networking opportunity

 

Dinner and Award Presentation Ceremony (9:00-11:00pm) – $150
Gourmet 4 course dinner and premium top shelf open bar.  Live performances and award presentation ceremony.  Live jazz band and sounds by DJ Scotty Nevers. Complimentary valet service. Great networking opportunity. Gift bags will include products from L’Oreal and Monami Entertainment.

 

GIVE THANKS Benefit Gala Supporter  – $ 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.

 

GIVE THANKS Benefit Gala VIP Sponsor – $1500
Includes all the benefits of the VIP Cocktail Reception as well as the Dinner and Award Show.
Premier table with seating for (10). Table signage listing company as proud sponsor
Complimentary valet service and coat check
Gift bags courtesy of L’Oreal and Monami Entertainment.

 

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). Table signage listing company as proud 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 & repeat
Opportunity to include products in gift bags (provided courtesy of L’Oreal and Monami Entertainment

$5,000
Allows GrassROOTS to provide:
Full scholarship for 3 girls to attend summer leadership camp

$10,000
Allows GrassROOTS to provide:
Full scholarship for 4  girls to attend summer leadership camp
Family strengthening program for 5 mothers and her children

$15,000
Allows GrassROOTS to provide:
10 week race training program for residents of Essex County
Free registration for as 160 participants of Roots, Rock, Run 5k
Title sponsor of Roots, Rock, Run 5k in Newark

Organizer: Mona Scott-Young

Contact: MScott-Young@grassrootscommunityfoundation.org

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Turkey Drive

October 24, 2016 - November 19, 2016

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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