Northern New Jersey Community Foundation to Celebrate 25th Anniversary With a Game Show Program Featuring Improv Comedy Group, Howdy Stranger

(Hackensack, NJ; September 18, 2023) ─ The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation (NNJCF) will hold its 25th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, October 26, 2023 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Aura Restaurant & Bar, located at 159 Main Street in Hackensack, New Jersey. 

The festivities feature a cocktail reception with appetizers, a wine/beer open bar, an interactive game-show style awards ceremony emceed by Ryan Huban from the professional improv group, Howdy Stranger, and a New Jersey trivia contest.  The celebration's net proceeds will help support the Foundation’s work in the arts, creative placemaking, environmental protection, civic engagement, public health and local education in North Jersey communities. 

Community Leaders to be Honored

            The program will honor the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation's President and co-founder, Michael Shannon.  These local heroes in civic leadership, the arts and the environment also will be honored for their contributions to the community:

Jennylyn Brown, President of the Hackensack Garden Club and Chair of the Hackensack Environmental Commission

Monica Chavarria-Malin, President of the Hackensack Art Club

Albert Dib, The City of Hackensack Director of Redevelopment and Economic Development

Registration and Sponsorship Opportunities

            The cost per ticket is $125 per person, $600 for five tickets, $1,250 for ten tickets, $1,875 for 15 tickets and  $2,500 for 20 tickets.  Tickets may be purchased online at

            Sponsorship levels, ranging from $150 to $5,000, are available for individuals and businesses to participate.  Funds raised from the sponsorships will be used to benefit the NNJCF's new and ongoing programs in the arts, creative placemaking, environmental protection, civic engagement, and more.  

            To date, sponsors for the event are: Winne, Banta, Basralian & Kahn, P.C., a Wheel of Giving Sponsor.  For information about sponsorship opportunities and relevant marketing opportunities, visit    

            People unable to attend are invited to support the organization by making a donation at or by sending a check made out to The Northern NJ Community Foundation (NNJCF), 1 University Plaza Drive, Suite 128, Hackensack, NJ 07601.

Celebrating 25 Years in the Community

            With the motto 'What can we do together, that we can't do alone?", the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation helps communities in North Jersey become better places to live, work, and enjoy by bringing people together to address pressing issues in the region, such as public health, environmental protection, civil society and education.  Founded in 1998, the NNJCF has awarded over $1 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and scholarships to local residents.  Through its ArtsBergen initiative, opportunities have been created for artists, designers and makers, while also leveraging the power of the arts and creative placemaking to enhance communities in Bergen County.  The Foundation's Climate Action Mobilization Project (CAMP) helps Hackensack and neighboring communities become more northern New Jersey. 

            To get involved in the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation's work, call 201-568-5608 or send an e-mail to

About Northern New Jersey Community Foundation
             Founded in 1998, the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 organization based in Hackensack, New Jersey, works with local governments, school districts, businesses, non-profit organizations, and citizen groups to improve community life.  Through collaborative partnerships, regional problems are identified and resolved.  Opportunities are discovered and explored by talking and learning from each other and sharing ideas, best practices, services and resources.  The Foundation's primary areas of work are the environment, arts and culture, public health, education, civic engagement and philanthropy.  For more information, visit, send an email to, or call 201-568-5608.

Photo Caption: The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation makes a toast to celebrate its 25th anniversary on October 26, 2023.  Photo Credit: Canva


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