The Newark LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning) Community Center will host its 3rd Annual Dance-A-Thon. The event will take place on April 23, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Center located at 11 Halsey Street in Newark, New Jersey.
Please consider sponsoring a dancer to help us raise money for the Center! Any amount is welcome and appreciated.
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Members of Queer Newark will be there with our dancing shoes on!
The Dance-A-Thon serves as the largest single fundraising event for the Center and is responsible for supporting the operational capacity of the organization as they provide services to support the variety of needs in the Greater Newark LGBTQ community.
The event is FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. and features music, food, and drink provided by local businesses.
“The Dance-A-Thon represents more than just a critical fundraiser for our work. It is also the moment where our communities and our allies come together to proclaim in one voice the progress we have made and the work that is still ahead of us,” says Reverend Janyce Jackson Jones, Executive Director of the Center and well-known LGBTQ activist in northern New Jersey. “Our work was born in struggle after the tragic 2003 murder of Sakia Gunn, a 15-year-old lesbian whose life was taken on the streets of Newark. We didn’t have a safe place then for our community to learn and grow together, and we had to struggle to get a center. Now that we have one, we must constantly strive to make sure it stays.” The Dance-A-Thon event celebrates the cultural heritage of the LGBTQ community in the state of New Jersey and these stories reflect changes within the City of Newark, as it is in the midst of its own revitalization.
“This year, we have chosen the theme of Building Our Center One Step at a Time to speak to several important themes,” shares C. Alicia Heath-Toby, Chairperson of the Center’s Board of Directors. “As far as centers go, ours is still a work in process. We are forming a place that meets the needs of the Greater Newark LGBTQ community. This process is all about collective collaboration–we must have a Center that reflects the full heritage of the people we work with day-in and day-out. And while the work is hard, we continue moving forward in order to achieve what our community deserves.” This year proves to be a promising one as already two months out, the Center has already received both public and private commitments from more sponsors than ever before. With this in mind, the Center believes that the Dance-A-Thon will yield the greatest ever fundraised amount in its history.
Based on recent census figures, an estimated four thousand residents of Newark identify as either lesbian or gay along with countless allies who support the advancement LGBTQ issues. As such, the Newark LGBTQ Community Center exists to provide a safe space and foster a better quality of life for our community and allies in the Greater Newark area. As the only LGBTQ Center open to all members of the public in Newark, New Jersey, it supports the diverse community in our area by offering programs, services and events that address the concerns of LGBTQ individuals– including homelessness, economic empowerment, health and wellness and social injustice. We strive to affirm lives and create a space where the community feels welcomed, embraced, empowered and celebrated.
To learn more about the LGBTQ Center, check out their website: HERE.