New Jersey Non-Profit to Host “Angels” Reception

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ELIZABETH—The Elizabethport Presbyterian Center, a faith based social service organization, will present their first annual Angels Fundraiser Reception.  The reception will be held on Thursday, Oct. 22, 6 p.m., at the Newark Club located adjacent to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

The event will feature a history exhibit showcasing the progress and successes of the center and honor Public Service Electric & Gas (PSE&G), Elizabeth Development Company (EDC), and the Central Presbyterian Church of Summit for their outstanding support and exemplary work in the community.

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“The ‘Pres’ has served over 100,000 people in our 44 year history.  We have provided those in need with everything from hot meals, to free counseling, to child care, to college scholarships, and record expungement.  We really are a full service organization”, stated Roderick Spearman, director of the Elizabethport Presbyterian Center.  “But the new economy is making it extremely difficult to keep up our good work.  We hope that by having this fundraiser reception we will raise enough funds to continue helping those in need.”

While the Angel Fundraiser Reception will celebrate the many success stories of the institution and the groundbreaking of their new, state of the art community center, the reception was planned in response to the downturn recession economy.  Over the last year the center has considered terminating some of its most successful programs because they do not have the staff or resources to properly implement them.  Despite these challenges, the center has worked to find innovative ways to service the people.  Some of the staff members have even continued to help families despite not being paid.

“The need for our programs and services is greater than it has ever been because of the economic times.  Many people who did not utilize our services in the past need us now because they have either been laid off or taken a reduced salary.  Also many of the social service programs being offered by other agencies are overloaded or have been terminated”, stated Shawn McClain, youth director and event co-chair.  “We want to provide a source of stability in the lives of our children and their families.  We don’t want them to lose all hope.”

The proceeds of the campaign will be used to support the growing number of Elizabethport Presbyterian Center services and programs. Tax-deductible tickets are $100.  Boosters for the event are $25. For more information, visit www.eportcenter.org or contact Kathy Carter, event co-chair, at 1-908-351-4850


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