Volunteer Voices Newsletter
ANNUAL VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION DINNER:
NJPAC Volunteers MOVIN’ & GROOVIN’
"Lively from start to finish with LOTS of audience participation! The committee did a bang up job and everything was really great! Everyone was upbeat." - Vince Wells
The focus on fun and healthy movement came alive with the interactive nature of the performers, some of whom were NJPAC volunteers, supporters, donors, and employees, and kept the participants engaged throughout the evening. Debbie Kaminsky, founder of Newark Yoga Movement led a yoga and meditative session; Rev. Eyesha Marable, founding Director of the National Liturgical Dance Network and NJPAC staff member praise danced; The Silver Steppers, co-ed drill team created by members of the East Orange Division of Senior Services danced four (4) show stopping numbers; Mayra Fleitas and Marlene Abitanto, NJPAC volunteers, who love salsa encouraged the audience to dance. Let's not forget the line dance party, led by committee members: Amy Tenzer, Jeanette Marable, Mada Liebman, Larousse Pierre, Steven Myers, Joan Lowery, Lucy Wilkerson, Jennifer Reynolds, and Bettye Carson, chairperson!
Everyone left the May 23 event in an up-beat spirit and received gift bags filled with healthy tips and goodies. What a fun way to celebrate the many meaningful hours and contributions that volunteers make to, and help our beloved NJPAC fulfill its mission.
NEWARK 350 FOUNDER’S DAY WEEKEND CELEBRATION
Some of the biggest names on the music scene were there to help the city ring in the 350th anniversary of its founding.
The skies were temperamental but spirits were running high at ground level in Military Park- NJPAC's front yard" - as Newark celebrated a milestone birthday at Founders Weekend Festival May 13-15. Some of the biggest names on the music scene were there to help the city ring in the 350th anniversary of its founding. And NJPAC volunteers: Troyce Dunson, Wayne Gibson, Doris Revis, Patricia Tate, Amir Cooper, Robin Couch, Joyce Simmons, LindaCrayton, Betty Meeks-Manning, Symone Parker, Joanne Saunders, Louisa Marquez, Adilah Quddus, Queeta Welch, Patricia Bouie, and Ann Marie Skeene were on hand to help make sure everything was pitch-perfect.
PING PONG IN THE PARK A SMASH!
"What a blast! I got to meet so many wonderful people and it was so exciting." - Jennifer Reynolds
Crowds thronged Military Park in glorious weather on April 14 to watch six Newark-based colleges and universities compete in the second annual Ping Pong in the Park table tennis tournament. Hosted by the Cultural Legacy Committee of the Women’s Association of NJPAC and the Military Park Partnership, the free event is one of hundreds of Newark Celebration 350 events marking the 350th anniversary of the city's founding. Subtitled "Celebrating Newark's Colleges and Universities," Ping Pong in the Park is an opportunity for students from different campuses to get acquainted, as well as introduce them to what’s happening in the beautifully restored park and the world-class Arts Center just across the street.
Repeating its success last year, NJIT brought home this year's first and second place trophy. Third place went to Essex County Community College. Throughout the day, families with young children and hundreds of representatives from the downtown business community - including employees from laws firms, retailers and corporate giants like Prudential and PSEG - mingled with the students in friendly competition at lawn games including "capture the flag," three-legged races and inflatable obstacle courses.