The Middlesex Black-Jewish Coalition (MBJC) will host an “Open Mic Night” Fundraising Event on Sunday, October 3, from 5pm to 7pm. Karen Krause, a Highland Park resident, and former comic and improv actress, will be the emcee for the occasion.
The Open Mic Night event will be held in Pino’s Gift Basket Shoppe, Wine Cellar & Lounge, which is located at 13 North 4th Avenue in Highland Park, NJ.
There is no fee for attending or performing but there is a $15 suggested donation per person. All proceeds from the event will benefit two organizations that serve the community:
- HP Gives A Hoot, a nonprofit fund created by the Borough of Highland Park to contribute to the wellbeing of the town’s children in need. They provide free groceries, school supplies, scholarships to summer camp, and mentoring services.
- Jewish Family Services of Middlesex County, a nonprofit human services agency serving individuals and families throughout the county. The agency is committed to “empowering people of all races, ethnicities, and religions” through a variety of services such as counseling, support to Seniors, Food Pantry,and Immigration & Citizenship assistance.
Michael Buchman, chair of HP Gives a Hoot, and Jennifer Goodin, Media and Outreach Manager at Jewish Family Services will both be in attendance and say a few words about their respective organization’s essential community work.
During this family friendly event, participants of all ages are encouraged to sign up to perform a song, play an instrument, read poetry or prose, do a comedy bit or display any other talent. Sign up begins at 4:30 pm and the show will start promptly at 5pm.
In addition to fundraising, another intended benefit of the event is community building. One of the goals of MBJC is to encourage communication and understanding between communities in Middlesex County. MBJC believes that an excellent way to accomplish this is to have some fun together.
For more information, please email: info@MBJC-NJ.org
Our mission is to increase the understanding of, and interaction between, Jewish and Black people through dialogue and programming. We advocate on an ad-hoc basis with definitive action to particular issues of concern to the Jewish and Black communities, and provide a mechanism whereby each community can express its support for the critical issues of the other community.