Celebrating Mardi Gras Magic As Jersey Cares Honors Volunteers

Jersey Cares will celebrate some of the most notable people and organizations making real change in their communities. Mardi Gras Magic, a fundraiser celebrating the best of volunteerism, is set to be held Thur., March 23, from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. at Crystal Plaza in Livingston.

Jersey Cares will honor Alan Wong, the Volunteer of the Year. SFC Wong not only serves his country but also his community by devoting his time to making New Jersey a better place. Wong became a volunteer at Jersey Cares in 2015, and has since dedicated close to 400 hours to NJ communities.  As a project coordinator he led the Marketplace in East Brunswick, which provides food to the homeless.  Wong also has answered the call by volunteering in the Jersey Cares office and leading multiple Annual Days of Service.

Academic Foundations Center of Rutgers University, has been named the Community Partner of the Year. The Academic Foundations Center partners Rutgers University with the Newark and East Orange School Districts to provide fundamental support to underserved youth in their preparation for secondary and post-secondary education. Jersey Cares has formed a partnership with the Center that has provided over 2,200 volunteer hours and produced $160,000 in economic giveback in the past four years. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the Academic Foundations Center, 300 scholars have developed the skills they need to prepare for college and their future careers.

Fidelity Investments has been named The Corporate Partner of the Year. Fidelity has been a valued partner of Jersey Cares for eight years. This year alone, 835 employees provided more than 2,900 hours of service.  On Fidelity’s Transformation day, Fidelity employees create lasting change through revitalization of school buildings as well as leading interactive and memorable workshops with students. A total of 12 projects, yielded STEM workshops, hallways murals, blacktop beautification, painted classrooms, room transformation and more.

Guests at the event will enjoy an open bar, delicious hors d’oeuvres, a full Cajun-style dinner buffet, live Dixieland jazz and a silent and raffle auction.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For information, contact Michelle Dee at michelle@jerseycares.org.

Anyone interested in donating an item to the auction may contact Kristen Coppola at kristenc@jerseycares.org.

Tickets are $100 per person and are available online at www.jerseycares.org/Mardi_Gras_Magic. Guests 21 years of age and older are welcome to join the celebration.

For more information, visit www.jerseycares.org/Mardi_Gras_Magic, email kristenc@jerseycares.org or call 973.533.1993.

About Jersey Cares:

Jersey Cares is a dynamic nonprofit organization with a long, proven track record of empowering citizens, building stronger communities and creating a better New Jersey. Jersey Cares works directly with local nonprofit organizations and schools, identifying their needs and recruiting and managing volunteers to meet those needs. In the last year, our volunteers:

Contributed 84,000 hours of service to improving lives and communities

Collected, organized, and distributed 30,000 coats for people who need them

Collected and distributed back-to-school packages for over 1,500 children

Helped 420 schools, nonprofits, and other partners

For more information, please visit www.jerseycares.org.

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