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SOMA Achieve Foundation Seeks Volunteer Hosts for ‘Nights Of 100 Dinners’ Fundraiser

From the Achieve Foundation:

The Achieve Foundation seeks Volunteer Hosts for its signature fundraiser, “The Nights of 100 Dinners,” for a series of events to be held during the month of March 2019. Last year, this popular event brought more than 1,000 friends and neighbors together all across SOMA in more than 40 private gatherings, large and small, allowing each guest to enjoy themselves while making a meaningful contribution to the local community. This year, the fundraiser has been expanded to include events throughout the entire month of March, not just limited to one evening.

The concept is simple: private hosts open up their homes to friends and neighbors for a party or event. The theme can be anything — karaoke, a dinner party with wine pairings, pizza & movie with the kids, game night, a private performance by a local band, March Madness Game party – it’s up to you! Guests buy tickets to attend with all proceeds benefiting The Achieve Foundation.

It’s a party with a purpose, and we need your help.

These collective efforts help to raise funds for The Achieve Foundation, which supports innovation and equal educational opportunities for students across the South Orange- Maplewood public school district. Over the past two decades, Achieve has raised more than $4 million for local schools, awarded 1,000+ teacher and administrator grants, facilitated tutoring for 3,000+ students, supported STEAM education through a free community fair Maker Madness, piloted enrichment programs like Beyond the Bell and the Robotics Club, fostered music education through the Vanessa Pollock Music Initiative and the Ted Cole Clarinet Program and spearheaded a restoration of the Columbia High School auditorium.

Mardi Gras SOMA Kickoff Party

On Friday, March 1, 2019, The Achieve Foundation invites the local community to kick off the month-long event with Mardi Gras SOMA at The Woodland from 7-11pm. The ticketed event will include food + drink from local restaurants and music by Big Mamou. Partygoers can get ideas for hosting their own dinner and have the opportunity to see how the Achieve Foundation directly makes an impact in our community.

If you would like to Host, Co-Host or become a Sponsor of “The Nights of 100 Dinners,” please email: [email protected] or fill out the online form here

If you would like to Donate, become an Achieve “Sustaining Sponsor,” or get involved by volunteering, please go to

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