What can you get at the Upper Montclair Kings Supermarket that you can’t get anywhere else? A chance to donate $4 to save the Montclair Independence Day Celebration. Thanks to the sponsorship seeking efforts of the Township of Montclair’s Eileen Sheehan and the creative abilities of Tom Drymalski and Kristina Banzon Drymalski, Kings shoppers are now seeing striking flyers at the check out counters announcing the opportunity to make a donation. Cashiers are asking customers if they’d like to donate $4 for the fourth. (I know. The parade and picnic will be on the 5th of July this year. But this way, cashiers get to say a catchy phrase. “Would you like to donate $4 for the Fourth?”)
Big spender that I am, I donated $8 – that’s $4 for each daughter who was tagging along with me today. The cashier handed us “I helped save the celebration” booster cards. All booster cards will be displayed in the store so we can see who is helping Save The Celebration!!
So whether it’s weekend shopping or that mid-week gallon of milk, let’s make our way to Kings Supermarket on Valley Road in Upper Montclair!
The event is scheduled for Thursday, June 17, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Amanti Vino. Tickets are $100 per person with 100 percent of the proceeds going directly toward saving Montclair’s Independence Day celebration. Space is limited. Only 30 tickets will be sold!
These amazingly generous proprietors will be donating all food and wine for the event. In addition, Amanti Vino will donate up to 15 percent of all proceeds from wine sales made that evening. To reserve your spot, call (973) 509-WINE (9463).
During the past week, our humble little SaveTheCelebration.Org blog has 497 visitors. That’s in addition to the 125 visitors it had the week before. The STC Facebook page had more than 300 visitors last week. Our Twitter account could use some followers. There are seven so far – including myself, my wife and Michael Byrne, who is very much an insider in the effort to save Montclair’s 4th of July/Independence Day celebration.
In terms of dollars, this effort has raised $200, according to Pat Brechka, the township’s director of Recreation and Cultural Affairs. We urge everyone that has had the inclination to make a donation to write a check, drop it in a stamped envelope and send it to the address to the right of this post (as 20th Century as it may be.)
On the flip side, another FAQ we’ve been hearing is “How can I help?” That is very encouraging and gives us reason to believe the best is yet to come. Last week, we raised awareness. Hopefully, we’ll raise action next.
Remember, it’s not only how much we raise, but when we raise it!
Kristina Banzon Drymalski, lifelong Montclair resident and wife of STC logo designer Tom Drymalski, culled this photo of the July 4th parade circa 1985 from her personal archives. This harkens back to an era when Montclarions used cameras stuffed with film to hold onto memories like these. Got any snapshots from Independence Day Past in Montclair lying around in paper envelopes in cardboard boxes? Have a hard drive stuffed with jpegs from last year’s 4th of July? Post them onto the STC Facebook page and let the misty, water-colored memories begin to flow.
In case you haven’t seen ’em, STC got a couple of great write ups this week. Baristanet.com and The Montclair Times wrote terrific stories, helping us get the word out.
Montclair marketing wizard Tom Drymalski donated his time and talent to design what we hope will become the most recognizable icon since the stars and stripes. Look for the STC LOGO to be making appearances around town very soon.
STC has gotten a great amount of attention in the past day. More than 100 views of the blog, a dozen friends on Facebook, a few folks following on Twitter -– not to mention a couple of press calls from local media. There was even a cursory mention of our effort by Councilwoman Renee Baskerville at last night’s meeting of the Montclair Township Council.
The seeds are taking root! Keep sowing them by passing the link to the blog along to your friends.
Check out Save The Celebration.Org’s new Facebook page and become a friend today! There will be posts in the coming days about fundraising events and drives to help keep the Independence Day celebration alive in Montclair this year. In the meantime, the easiest contribution you can make to the cause is to forward the links to SaveThe Celebration.Organd our Facebook page to as many people as possible.
Don’t forget, people can also follow STCMontclairNJ on Twitter!