College To Host “Band Together For Haiti: A Day Of Culture”

CRANFORD – On Saturday, May 15, Union County College will host “Band Together for Haiti: A Day of Culture.” This event is a benefit for Haiti relief efforts. Different events will be held throughout the day on the college’s Plainfield, Elizabeth, and Cranford campuses.

Kicking off the day’s events will be a “Renewing the Spirit” service starting at 9:30 a.m. on the Plainfield campus at 232 E. Second Street. Dr. Jose Adames, provost of the Plainfield campus, will welcome those in attendance for this spiritual service.


On the Elizabeth campus, located at 40 West Jersey Street, various programs will be held from noon to 4 p.m. in the Kellogg Building. There is a $5 admission fee to these events and the proceeds will be donated to Jefferson Park Ministries. At noon, the afternoon events will kick off with the singing of the Haitian National Anthem and will be followed by a Haitian Culture celebration. Keynote speaker, Will Jimeno, will present on the rebuilding and humanitarian efforts that are currently underway in Haiti. This presentation will be followed by a Haitian Cultural Showcase in which photos, art, speakers and dance and music participants will entertain those present.

At 2:30 p.m. in the Kellogg Building on the Elizabeth campus, a series of panel discussions will begin. One discussion will include members of the media and other communication specialists who will present, “The Role of Writing/Arts in the World.” The second panel will include a representative from NJ Haiti Partners and one from New Jersey for Haiti, along with a CBS News radio correspondent, who will present, “Haiti: A Nation in Crisis.”

The third panel will present, “Supporting Union County’s Haitian Community” with a member of Jefferson Ministries as the principle speaker. The final panel, “Story Time for Tots”, a Haitian story will be presented in both English and Haitian. Those attending the events on the Elizabeth campus can park across from the Kellogg Building in the lot courtesy of the Elizabeth Parking Authority.

In the evening, beginning at 7 p.m. on the Cranford campus at 1033 Springfield Avenue, “Compete for a Cause” will be held. This talent competition will consist of Union County College students and will include professional guest performances. The competition will be judged and there is a $10 admission fee to attend. The proceeds from this event will be donated to the American Red Cross.

For all events on May 15, children under 12 will be admitted for free. If someone attending an event will need special services, contact Heather Keith, coordinator for Students with Disabilities at (908) 709-7164 or e-mail her at For more information on Union County College, go to

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