High Tech fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Foundation to honor local resident
The High Tech High School “Spring Fling” fundraiser reached out to the community, raffling prizes donated by Applebee’s, Dunkin’ Donuts, Chipotle, Café Archetypus, and many other local vendors. High Tech is the countywide public high school based in North Bergen, which draws from all of the towns in the county.
Students and staff took part in carnival games and table tennis tournaments, indulged in homemade food and desserts, and listened to a live DJ. Some even won goldfish as prizes.
“The Make-A-Wish Foundation is very dear to our academy,” said Jamie Velazquez, history teacher at the Academy of Architectural and Contemporary Themes (AACT) and facilitator of the Spring Fling Fundraiser. “Our first fundraiser was held two years ago and honored one of our AACT students who participated in the Make-A-Wish program during his battle with childhood leukemia.”
AACT seniors and juniors, led by Guttenberg resident Dunia Fernandez, Ayushi Khanchandani of Secaucus, and West New York resident Jalisa Valladares, helped make the Spring Fling a success. AACT plans other fundraisers soon to reach its donation goal of $3,000 to grant a child’s wish.
This year, AACT will honor North Bergen resident Caitlyn Orbe, a freshman in High Tech, diagnosed with cancer at the age of nine. To learn more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation, visit http://nj.wish.org/about-us.
Palisades Medical Center announces schedule of free health screenings
Throughout the year, Palisades Medical Center’s staff partners with North Hudson Community Action Corporation, Christ Hospital School of Nursing, and Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern N.J. to provide free health screenings and education programs. Screenings and information include blood pressure, heart rate, percentage of oxygen in the blood, peak flow/respiratory, and Body Mass Index (BMI). Free health screenings will be held in the following communities in the coming months:
April 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 407-23rd street, Union City.
May 3 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Our Lady of Sorrows, 654 Ocean Ave., Jersey City.
For more information, contact Joanne Riggs at (201) 854-5793.
Broadway star headlines HRPAC benefit concert
The Hudson Riverfront Performing Arts Center, Inc. (HRPAC) will host its annual benefit gala at the Chart House Restaurant on Saturday, April 26 at 6 p.m. The evening will start off with a cocktail hour and silent auction to be followed by dinner and a concert featuring Broadway singer and actress Mandy Gonzalez.
Gonzalez is a winner of Drama Desk and Obie Awards and has starred in the hit Broadway musicals, “Wicked” and “In The Heights.” She is known for her exceptional vocal skills giving her one of the biggest and best voices on Broadway.
Mandy’s special guest will be leading man, Jeremiah James, who is currently starring as El Gallo in “The Fantasticks” on Broadway. Aside from his work here in the states, Jeremiah has an international reputation from his work on the London Stage and also as a member of the singing group, Teatro.
Through its two concert series, “Summer Concerts on the Hudson” and the UBS Atrium Series, HRPAC has developed an excellent track record for bringing diverse programming to the North Hudson region. HRPAC has additionally presented educational programs to thousands of students in eight of Hudson County’s school districts. Over its ten year history, HRPAC has presented scores of concerts and shows of the highest caliber, featuring hundreds of musicians, dancers, and actors, including Grammy and Tony winners.
These presentations, which are presented free of charge to the general public, have attracted thousands of fans from Hudson County and the New York metropolitan area.
For more information on the benefit, including how to purchase tickets, please visit HRPAC’s web site at www.hrpac.org or call the HRPAC office at (201) 430-6881.
Hudson Chamber of Commerce welcomes Federal Reserve Bank economist
The Hudson County Chamber of Commerce will host a senior economist from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York at a special business networking event on Wednesday, April 30 at the University of Phoenix. Richard Peach, a senior vice president at the New York Federal Reserve who specializes in macroeconomic and monetary studies, is the featured speaker.
The goal of the event is to provide businesses a forecast for the regional, state, and national economy directly from an expert at the largest reserve bank in the United States.
“While the economy has certainly improved greatly since the financial crisis of 2008, there’s still a lot of uncertainty as to strength of the ongoing recovery and labor markets,” said Maria Nieves, the chamber’s president and CEO. “In presenting an economist from the New York Fed, we hope to provide our members with an idea of where the regional economy is heading through the remainder of 2014. It’s also a great opportunity to learn about what tools the Fed uses to manage U.S. economic policy, which impacts all of us.”
This special business networking event will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the campus of host sponsor the University of Phoenix at 100 Town Square Place in Jersey City. Provident Bank is also sponsoring the event.
Founded in 1888, the Hudson County Chamber is one of the state’s oldest regional chambers of commerce. It currently represents more than 350 members, facilitates forums with local, state and federal officials, and provides a platform for business networking and partnerships.
For reservations to this special business networking event, call (201) 386-0699 x 27 or visit the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce website at www.hudsonchamber.org.