TENAFLY, N.J. -- It was a mix and mingle event on Riveredge Road recently as residents, students and businesses gathered for the annual Tenafly Community Night.
The Community Chest of Englewood and the Tenafly High School Key Club partnered to celebrate the fourth annual event with businesses and other service organizations in the borough.
The Tenafly Police and Tenafly Recreation Department sponsored the Sept. 12 event, which every year offers residents a chance to learn about the borough's businesses and resources.
The Tenafly High School Key Club's members embraced The Community Chest's motto, "Neighbors Helping Neighbors," and volunteered at its table.
"The Community Chest was delighted to participate in the Tenafly Community Night, especially in partnership with Tenafly High School's Key Club," said Shelly Wimpfheimer, Executive Director. "This partnership aligned with The Chest's goal of enhancing opportunities for young people to participate in philanthropic activities."
The Key Club students explained to younger children The Chest's mission of caring about others in the community and asked them to sign a pledge to do the same.
The Chest sponsored an art contest featuring the motto and over 20 local youngsters submitted their drawings.
"Tenafly High School Key (Kiwanis Educated Youth) Club is a part of a youth leadership and service organization that focuses on many events that reflect on our values of serving our homes, schools, and communities. Similarly, The Community Chest builds upon the motto, 'Neighbors Helping Neighbors'. Key Clubbers decided to work with The Community Chest because it is one of the many ways they can fulfill their purpose as a club and serve as members of our community," said Katherine Sung, Tenafly High School Key Club President.
Alexander Ng, a fifth grade student at the Maugham School in Tenafly, won first place in the art contest and a small prize from The Community Chest.
"Alexander's heartwarming drawing captured fully the essence of the concept of helping others," said Wimpfheimer.
"My experience working with The Community Chest was an unforgettable one. The Key Clubbers and I were able to reach out to the community in a positive manner that was both rewarding and fun. It was an honor to have worked with the Executive Director of The Community Chest, Shelly Wimpfheimer, because she reflects a hard-working and dedicated member of her community. It was a great night, and I definitely had a lot of fun," said Sung.
For further information about The Chest, visit its website or contact (201) 568-7474.
For over 80 years, The Community Chest, a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, has supported local not-for-profit agencies in the Englewood area. Each year, The Chest raises funds and allocates them to agencies that have demonstrated the capacity to provide services to local citizens. The Chest also provides other coordinating and planning services in the communities of Englewood, Englewood Cliffs and Tenafly, serving as a bridge between agencies and organizations and investing in the stability and quality of the service network.