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André Leon Talley at NJPAC’s Annual Spring Luncheon

On May 7, #HipNJ‘s most stylish women attended the Women’s Association of NJPAC’s Annual Spring Luncheon & Auction. “The First Tuesday in May” fete drew over 560 attendees who were eager to salute the Women’s Association 25 years of service and $52 million raised for arts education. Headed by event Co-Chairs, Deborah Q. Belfatto and Faith Taylor, the WA’s tradition of success continued with $280,000 raised.

As guests approached the Prudential Center stage, they were greeted with a dazzling display of cherry blossoms (a hallmark of Newark!) and a plated lunch of fresh spring specialities.

The awe-inspiring moments didn’t stop there. In between performances and networking, hearts were warmed by the words of Savion Glover, NJPAC’s Dance Advisor, who shared stories about his mother Yvette, recipient of the Ronnie Goldberg Award.

The mood then turned electric when the day’s featured guest, Vogue fashionista and industry scribe André Leon Talley, took the stage. He talked about growing up in the segregated South and how he ascended in the fashion industry, working alongside the likes of Diana Vreeland, Andy Warhol and Anna Wintour. Afterwards, he took photos with his adoring fans.

Talley spoke to #HipNJ‘s Lisa Marie Latino about his appreciation for the WA’s mission.

“I’m very grateful to be here for the 25th annual spring luncheon and auction. I think it’s for a very, very worthy cause. Everything here is very calm and elegant…everything in life should be that way.”

For more information, visit NJPAC.org.

Deerkill Day Camp

Deerkill Day Camp

Summer is right around the corner, and now is the time for parents to find their summer camp!  #HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino spoke with the owners of Deerkill Day Camp, Todd and Rebecca Rothman, about summer camps and what you can find at Deerkill Day Camp.

“Parents better start their search now and come on weekend tours to visit the camp before slots get filled,” explains Todd. Todd also mentions how the number one thing parents should look for in a camp is if it’s  ACA- Accredited. This means that your child’s summer camp cares enough to undergo a thorough peer review of its operation- from staff qualifications and training to emergency management.

Deerkill Day Camp is more than buildings, equipment, and scenery – it is a community, a vibrant space where each boy and girl contributes to the cooperative spirit that makes day camp such a magical place. When Rebecca’s grandparents Irwin and Mildred Rhodes founded Deerkill (Dutch for “deer stream”) in 1958, they wanted to create a community where children would be happy to explore their curiosity, develop new skills, form lifelong friendships, and, of course, have fun.

Now, 6 decades and 3 generations later, Deerkill Day Camp is still owned and directed by the Rhodes family and it is still that special place. Rebecca shares that their program is a really nice mix of both traditional and modern twists. They still have all sports that people would play at camp 20 years ago with an addition of new programs like movie-making, cooking programs and yoga. There is never a dull moment, you always have something exciting to do!

“Deerkill Day Camp is a nice mix of sports, arts and nature, an amazing opportunity to be totally unplugged, get away from all devices and be physically active getting in touch with outdoors.” – shares Rebecca.

To learn more about why so many families have turned to Deerkill Day Camp for their summer fun, visit them on their website. There you can find there virtual tours, videos and dates and rates. You can also follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Newark Arts Celebrates Ellen Lambert

Newark Arts recently celebrated the life and career of Ellen Lambert, recently retired Chief Diversity Officer of PSEG, President of PSEG Foundation and Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship and Culture at a festive fundraiser in Newark.

The venue was transformed into a sculpture garden featuring a specially-commissioned energy-powered work by lighting artist Sunil Garg. The one-of-a-kind fundraising event highlighted Lambert’s career as an advocate for women, underserved populations, social investment and the arts.

“What an honor it was to be recognized as a champion for diversity both in the corporate sector and in the arts,” Lambert said. “I am quite pleased to have been a part of this exciting event to raise much needed dollars to support the arts community in Newark.”

Funds raised will help sustain the non-profit’s efforts to support community-driven initiatives. The organization is well-known for the Open Doors Citywide Arts Festival, an annual fall tour of public and private art spaces, studios and galleries across the city.

Newark Arts has awarded over $500,000 in grants to neighborhood individuals and local organizations through the ArtStart program. Newark Arts is also the incubator of the Newark Arts Education Roundtable, a strategic alliance of 80+ arts education stakeholders, who ensure that Newark early learners and students have equitable access to high quality, sequential arts education opportunities.

When asked to reflect on the event, Newark Arts Executive Director Jeremy Johnson said, “There is no more deserving honoree than Ellen Lambert. Her career is a testament to the power of diversity, and Newark Arts has always been at the forefront of diversity in the arts.”

To learn more, click here.