Paterson nonprofit raises $25,000 to support city’s next generation of college students | Paterson Times

Paterson nonprofit raises $25,000 to support city’s next generation of college students


The New Jersey Community Development Corporation (NJCDC) raised more than $25,000 during its first annual casino night event at the Brownstone to provide college scholarships and tours to city students.

Money raised will also go towards a college send-off ceremony in the spring to celebrate city students heading to four-year colleges in the fall. A youth recognition ceremony named after Martin Luther King, Jr. to celebrate young people working to make a difference in the Silk City will also be funded from the money raised, according to the nonprofit.

“We cannot thank our sponsors, donors, and volunteers enough for making our First Annual Casino Night unforgettable and for working to make college graduation the expectation for the 8,000 children living or going to school in the Great Falls Neighborhood of Paterson,” Bob Guarasci, NJCDC’s CEO, said.

More than 150 people attended the March 4, 2016 casino night event. Guests gambled at blackjack, craps, roulette, and Texas Hold’Em tables in hopes of winning raffle prizes.

The raffle prizes were: two first-class, round-trip Delta Airlines tickets to anywhere in the U.S.; an Audi for the weekend from Jack Daniels Motors; private cooking lessons for eight at PIRCH in Paramus; a J. McLaughlin handbag; dinner for four at Just Janice Bistro in Ho-Ho-Kus; two tickets to a New York Red Bulls home game; two seats to a painting class at Pinot’s Palette in Ridgewood; a pair of noise-isolating headphones; and a St. Patrick’s Day gift basket.

Not all the guests won a raffle, but their donations will go a long way to support the city’s next generation of college bound students.

The nonprofit thanked sponsors of the event Brown & Brown of Lehigh Valley, Columbia Bank, Envisage Productions, and Investors Bank.