Each March, the Achieve Foundation coordinates a huge community get-together. It’s a simple concept: Volunteer hosts throw parties and invite their friends and neighbors. Instead of bringing a beverage or dessert, guests make a contribution to Achieve.
An estimated 1,000 people dine in dozens of homes in all neighborhoods each year, demonstrating the camaraderie and generosity of spirit of our two towns — all to benefit Achieve’s programs. Party-goers are entertained at murder mystery dinners, birthday bashes, game nights, retro parties, ladies’ gatherings, and other theme parties.
Since its inception in 2005, this Night of 100 Dinners series of fundraisers has brought in more than $500,000 to fund Achieve’s programs and benefit all the schools in the district.
To learn more about sponsoring or hosting a gathering in March, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to dinners in community members’ homes, several events and classes are open to the public with proceeds to benefit Achieve. Check out the following options. There’s something for everyone!
Learn to Knit with Tina Kelley
Sunday, March 1st, 1:00 pm
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If learning to knit is on your bucket list, you’ll love this crafty class led by stitchery whiz Tina Kelley. Materials will be provided for beginners. More experienced knitters can bring projects they have questions about, or get help learning new techniques. Limited to 10 participants, for optimal personal service. RSVP for afternoon or evening sessions (or both!).
Sunday, March 1st, 6:00-7:30 pm
New Jersey Tae Kwon Do teaches awareness, assertiveness, and verbal confrontation skills, as well as physical techniques to enable you to successfully prevent, escape, and resist attacks. They encourage parents, or guardians, to take this class with their teens and engage in conversation about their safety. The class will empower young people to remain as safe as possible so they may continue to learn, create, contribute and grow. Enjoy snacks and beverages afterward.
Saturday, March 7th, 4:00-6:30 pm
South Mountain Yoga, 18 So. Orange Ave., South Orange
Join Francoise Mosteiro of South Mountain Yoga for a one-hour yoga class followed by toasting with a glass of wine and sharing some light snacks with your fellow yogis. Bring along your spouse, partner, or friend! Class will be for all levels and mats will be available, but please feel free to bring your own. Space is limited.
Sunday, March 8th, 10:00 am
65 Valley St, South Orange
Join Cat Fisher of Sadie’s for a cocktail-style brunch and shopping event! Sadie’s is home to unique women’s and men’s apparel, gifts, and home goods. Browse brands that have ethical and philanthropic goals in mind. Enjoy baked goods, a mimosa or Bloody Mary.
POSTPONED: NEW DATE TBD
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POSTPONED: NEW DATE TBD
15 Bleeker Street, Millburn
Curious about clean beauty? Want to learn to shop smarter? Erin’s Faces, local maker of cruelty-free makeup and skincare, will be hosting a workshop to help you go green. Learn what’s clean and what’s not, how to read ingredient lists, and tricks for refreshing winter skin. The workshop will last 60-90 minutes; afterward stay and shop for the latest skincare and makeup goodies.
POSTPONED. NEW DATE TBD
The Maplewood “Little” Club, 489 Ridgewood Road, Maplewood
Grab your friends and family … and get ready for some head-to-head competition! Hosted by SOMEA (South Orange-Maplewood Education Association), this fundraiser will pit teams against each other in an all-out battle of the trivia brains. Enjoy a Southern BBQ-style dinner as you show off your knowledge of random facts. Prizes awarded to the top finishers.
MARDI GRAS IN SOMA 2020!
For a second year, Achieve is pleased to open our Nights of 100 Dinners to all with a community dinner event. Everyone is invited to join us for a Mardi Gras soiree to kick off our annual fundraiser and celebrate together.
Friday, February 28, 2020, 7-11pm • The Woodland
Music by Big Mamou • Food & Drink • $25 per person
The ticket price for the evening is only $25 per person and includes Cajun/BBQ food, music by Big Mamou, one drink ticket, and dancing. This event will sell out, so grab your friends (adults only please) and join the fun!