“Making A Mark” Black History Month Celebration Event Raises Over $12,400

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President & CEO United Way of Greater Union County James W. Horne, Jr. (left), Eloise Tinley, chair of United Way’s African-American Leadership Initiative and M.A. Taylor, dance teacher at Plainfield High School (right) (Photos courtesy of United Way of Greater Union County)

President & CEO United Way of Greater Union County James W. Horne, Jr. (left), Eloise Tinley, chair of United Way’s African-American Leadership Initiative and M.A. Taylor, dance teacher at Plainfield High School (right) (Photos courtesy of United Way of Greater Union County)

ELIZABETH – United Way of Greater Union County’s African American Leadership Initiative (AALI) hosted “Making a Mark,” their Signature Black History Month Event, on Friday, Feb. 24 at Kean University’s Little Theater.

This year the event successfully raised over $12,400 through ticket sales and sponsorship. The 2012 Presenting Sponsor was AGL/Elizabethtown Gas. Business Leader Sponsors included the Plainfield Tennis Council, Roselle Savings Bank, Comcast, Jacobson & Co. and Northfield Bank Foundation. Proceeds from the 2012 “Making A Mark” event will be used towards programs and initiatives that advance the well -being of African-Americans in Union County.

Students of Plainfield High School Dance Ensemble (Photos courtesy of United Way of Greater Union County)

Students of Plainfield High School Dance Ensemble (Photos courtesy of United Way of Greater Union County)

Over 200 patrons came out to witness the riveting performances from Plainfield High School’s Dance Ensemble, Taylor Dance Company and The New Jersey Orators. The presentation, A Journey of Black Dance, highlighted Black dance starting from its foundation of African dance and led the audience on a journey through history highlighting various forms of dance including Tap, Jive/Swing, Ballet, Hip Hop, Modern Dance and more. In between each fascinating performance, The New Jersey Orators provided informative historical narration. The New Jersey Orators is a non-profit organization designed for youth from 7-18 years of age to learn the art of public speaking and effective communications.

The annual “Making A Mark” event is designed to enhance awareness of AALI and gather community-minded individuals with the hopes of inspiring them to join the effort towards addressing community needs. AALI’s mission is to mobilize the caring power of the African American community to improve African American lives in Union County.


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