The following is from Take the Cake
Janine Territo and Laura Himmelein, the women behind the non-profit, received a check from local realtor Sue Adler on September 5. It was the second year in a row that Sue Adler divided $20,000 between six local charities to celebrate her team’s 100th sale of the year. The amount awarded was based on voter preference. Take the Cake came in fifth, winning enough for three parties.
“We’re going to put the money right to work on our fall and winter birthday parties,” Territo said. “We have a ninja warrior party on deck and a special sweet 16 coming up in December.”
Territo, a professional educator, started the organization in 2014 with Himmelein who is an event designer. The duo throw parties for 5-11 year-old kids in Essex and Union counties whose families are unable to due to economic hardship or family crisis, providing everything from invitation to party favors and clean-up. Participants are nominated by teachers or caregivers and a panel of community volunteers does the vetting. They average one party a month along with special events such as a prom or movie night for homeless teens throughout the year.