The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation plans to honor community leaders at its 25th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, October 26, 2023. The celebration takes place from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Aura Restaurant & Bar, located at 159 Main Street in Hackensack, New Jersey. The festivities feature an interactive game-show style awards ceremony emceed by Ryan Huban from the professional improv group, Howdy Stranger, as well as a New Jersey trivia contest. Guests will also enjoy a cocktail reception with appetizers and an open bar of wine and beer. Furthermore, the event’s net proceeds help to support the Foundation’s work in the arts, creative placemaking, environmental protection, civic engagement, and public health, as well as local education in North Jersey communities.
Honor Community Leaders
The celebration honors these local heroes in civic leadership, the arts and the environment for their contributions to the community:
- Jennylyn Brown, President of the Hackensack Garden Club and Chair of the Hackensack Environmental Commission;
- Monica Chavarria-Malin, President of the Hackensack Art Club;
- Albert Dib, Director of Redevelopment and Economic Development, The City of Hackensack; and
- Michael Shannon, President and Co-Founder, The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation.
Registration and Sponsorship Opportunities
A range of ticket prices are also available. A single ticket costs $125 per person, $600 for five tickets, $1,250 for ten tickets, $1,875 for 15 tickets and $2,500 for 20 tickets. Patrons purchase tickets online.
Sponsorship levels, ranging from $150 to $5,000, are also available for individuals and businesses to participate. Furthermore, the funds raised from the sponsorships benefit the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation’s new and ongoing programs. These programs include the arts, creative placemaking, environmental protection, civic engagement, and more.
To date, sponsors for the event include Winne, Banta, Basralian & Kahn, P.C., a Wheel of Giving Sponsor. For information about sponsorship opportunities and relevant marketing opportunities, visit the event’s page online.
People unable to attend are invited to support the organization by making a donation online. In addition, patrons may submit donations by check made out to The Northern NJ Community Foundation (NNJCF) and send them to 1 University Plaza Drive, Suite 128, Hackensack, NJ 07601.
Celebrating 25 Years in the Community
With the motto ‘What can we do together, that we can’t do alone?”, the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation helps communities in North Jersey become better places to live, work, and enjoy by bringing people together to address pressing issues in the region, such as public health, environmental protection, civil society and education. Founded in 1998, the NNJCF has awarded over $1 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and scholarships to local residents. Furthermore, through its ArtsBergen initiative, opportunities developed for artists, designers and makers. These opportunities also leveraged the power of the arts and creative placemaking to enhance communities in Bergen County. In addition, the Foundation’s Climate Action Mobilization Project (CAMP) helps Hackensack and neighboring communities become more resilient in northern New Jersey.
Get involved in the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation’s work! Contact the Foundation’s office at 201-568-5608 or send an e-mail.