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Give Thanks Cocktail Fundraiser

November 17, 2018

The 2018 GIVE THANKS Cocktail Fundraiser is being held at the Montclair Art Museum (

Guests will enjoy the beautiful African drumming sounds of Yahya Kamate and poetry by the GrassROOTS SuperGirls. Following the award presentations, DJ Scotty Nevers will keep us on the dance floor all night.

For the past eight  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.


Accomplishments in 2018:

  • SuperGirl Marley Dias published her book, Marley Dias Gets It Done and So Can You.
  • SuperGirls launched #GreenRibbonWeek- a public health initiative to promote positive mental health for youth.
  • In 2018, we expanded our summer leadership camp to serve more girls in Philadelphia
  • We also partnered with New York University to increase our girls’ training in public health. Click here for a video of our work.


Montclair Art Museum

3 S. Mountain Ave

Montclair, NJ



Cocktail Reception:


Sponsored by Monami Entertainment, MYX Fusions and Bartenura Wines


Ticket:  $50


DJ Scotty Nevers
Entertainment by Yahya Kamate and the SuperGirls



This year we are honoring our “Philly Collaborative”: an extraordinary group of community change agents who have helped in training over 300 youth as well as directed and organized our largest public health initiative (#RootsRockRun5k training and race). For the past 6 years Roots, Rock, Run 5k race and training program has served over 3000 individuals. We are grateful to them for their unwavering commitment to our health and well-being.


  •       Amy Kelley
  •       Darrence Roberson
  •       Dr. David Coughlin
  •       Jason Floyd
  •       Leslie Marant, ESQ
  •       Lily Fung
  •       Michelle Alcaraz
  •       Montez Roberts
  •       Takeya McLeod

GIVE THANKS Corporate Sponsor Opportunities

  • 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 (Scholastic and Monami Entertainment)


Diamond Sponsorship- $15,000

Allows GrassROOTS to provide all below:

  • Send 5 SuperGirls to Ghana to support girls education


Platinum 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 mothers of children


Gold Sponsorship- $5,000

Allows GrassROOTS to provide all below:

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

Organizer: Dr. Janice Johnson Dias


Turkey Drive

October 16, 2017 - November 17, 2018

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.


In 2013, when we began we partnered with Girl Scout Troop #40724 for the turkey drive. Each turkey is labeled with an inspirational “love tag” (a message of hope and goodwill).

Over the past eight years we have partnered with:

  •       City of Newark
  •       St. Matthew’s AME Church
  •       Speedway Academies
  •       New Jersey State Gardens
  •       Lisa Morgan and Bloomfield Track Team

In addition to providing a 20lbs turkey, we also provide 5lbs of fresh organic fruits and vegetables.

Organizer: GrassROOTS Community Foundation


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