Due to the overwhelming generosity of the community and our partnership with Abdallah Khetir, Walgreens-Verona store manager, and Alex, Manager of Bagels N More, we were able to give 28 filled backpacks, along with two coupons for a free lunch, to our town's Health & Social Services Program Coordinator, Connie Pifher, to distribute to Verona families in need. There was a backpack for every child who needed one! We're very thankful to everyone involved in making our "Packs with Purpose" initiative successful.
The Junior Woman’s Club of Verona recently wrapped up a very successful year and received numerous honors at the annual convention of the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs – Junior Membership.
The Juniors’ 2012-2013 fundraising efforts included “Flags Out Front,” in honor of veterans, as well as the club’s first-ever Holiday Vendor Market and its annual Bunny Brunch and discount-card sales. All of these fundraisers benefited from tremendous community support and enabled the club to donate nearly $10,000 to Verona schools and other Verona organizations, such as our fire department, rescue squad, library and PBA. These donations include three $1,000 scholarships to Verona High School seniors graduating in June, as well as funds for all of the local schools, elementary through high school. The Juniors also provided supermarket gift cards to families in need.
In addition, the Verona Juniors donated nearly $3,000 to other local, national and international charities, such as the Human Needs Food Pantry, the Valerie Fund, the Seeing Eye, Essex County CASA and Restore the Shore. In April, the Juniors were able to raise more than $300 for Prevent Child Abuse NJ when they “planted” a pinwheel garden outside the Verona Community Center to raise awareness about child abuse.
At the state convention in April, the Junior Woman’s Club of Verona was the only group to receive the Unity Award for its work with the local Woman’s Club and Juniorettes. The Verona Juniors brought home nine other awards, including first place for communications, first place for advocating for children and first place for working with Family Promise, a special state project. Additional recognition related to the club’s work with women’s history, performing arts and state projects connected to the Valerie Fund and the Seeing Eye, as well as its fundraising, leadership and membership efforts. In addition, the 2012-13 president, Kristen Donohue, was placed on the Honor Roll, the highest individual honor a club member may receive.
The Junior Woman’s Club of Verona recently held its annual Senior Dinner at the Verona Community Center. The event drew nearly 100 senior residents and featured food from Lombardi’s of Cedar Grove.
Members of the Verona High School girls’ lacrosse team and the Juniorettes also played a role in making the event a success, as they offered their assistance throughout the evening. Their hard work was very much appreciated.
The Juniors would like to thank the community for their support. Also, we would like to thank the custodial staff at Verona High School who is always such a pleasure to work with and the following local businesses who kindly donated items to make this event possible: Towne Scoop, Jonathan Balloons, Cedar Grove Dunkin Donuts, Bagelwich, Turtleback Zoo, Learning Express, Gymboree, Nail Club Spa 1, MS Fashions, Rock’n’Joes, Complete Martial Arts, Le Parc Place, Pals Cabin, Imagine That!, Broadway Comedy Club and Verona Yoga and Wellness.
The proceeds from this event support the “Adopt A Family” program in Verona. According to Connie Pifher, Verona’s Health and Social Services Program Coordinator, “This program serviced over 92 Verona families this past year. The Adopt a Family program aids those recovering from economic hardship due to death, divorce, illness or unemployment.” Clients are able to receive counseling and referrals to other related agencies. In addition, the program aims to provide children with a safe and positive environment during a difficult time. Most importantly, Pifher believes, “The program provides hope when there seems to be none.”
Congratulations to our 2013 raffle winners! Marissa Sperling won a $300 AMEX gift card, Liz Clauberg won a $100 Target gift card, and Joe O'Shaugnessy won a $50 Home Depot gift card!
Thanks also to all of our friends and family who bought raffle tickets. We appreciate your support!
On Saturday, January 19th, approximately fifty 4th and 5th graders participated in the annual Spelling Bee competition held at Verona High School. The Junior Woman’s Club of Verona would like to thank all the children who participated and congratulate our winners. Congratulations to Veronica Domyslawski, 3rd place (OLL), Max Handler, 2nd place (HBW) and Jessica Sidrak, 1st place (HBW)!
Thank you to everyone who donated pajamas to take part in the NJSFWC's request to participate in this amazing fundraiser!
PJ's collected were delivered to Montclair Child Development Center - Head Start!
Thank everyone who helped with the Junior Wish Trees! Thanks especially to those who monitored the trees- Christine McGrath, Kristen Donohue, Terry Taylor-Fleming, Donna Wisnewski and Laura Fisher. To Doreen Arminio for hosting a tree at Verona Yoga and to those of you who purchased a gift or donated money for a gift card. Your time and generosity were what made this project so successful.
With twenty families in need, the gifts purchased from our tags provided each child in the family with at least two items from their lists. It was a wonderful feeling to be able to present all of the beautifully wrapped gifts to the town. I am very proud to have been a part of a group of dedicated women who make these things possible! - Carrie Moylan, Wish Tree Committee Chairperson