NEWARK - A Newark organization is trying to raise money in an effort to celebrate the Brick City’s 350th anniversary.
Newark Celebration 350 is trying to raise $350,000 by this Tuesday to pay for gifts to benefit the city and its residents. The ideas range from planting 350 trees across the city, to funding mini-grants for Newark students who are currently enrolled in institutes of higher learning.
"We knew from day one that we wanted to leave behind birthday presents for the city that would benefit the children of families who live here long after the celebration was done,” says Newark Celebration 350 trustee Irene Cooper-Basch.
The idea for the celebration was inspired in part by Dr. Clement Price, a longtime activist and professor at Rutgers-Newark. His widow says that his dream was to take one day, and pour all of the love that people have for the Brick City into donations that can benefit all.
"After we got over our shock and enormous sadness [of his death]...Honoring the hard work he put into the city became our mantra,” says Mary Sue Simmons Price.
Anyone who wishes to donate to the cause or find out more about Newark Celebration 350 can do so at the organization’s website.