The Diversity Committee of New Providence hosted its third annual Diversity Dinner on Saturday March 22nd at the New Providence Senior Center. Citizens from neighboring towns of Berkeley Heights, Chatham, Summit, & Madison also attended. Around one hundred fifty adults, including seniors and children were present.
Sunil Abrol chairman of the Diversity Committee said “This was our best attended event to date, and a very positive and welcoming spirit was present throughout the evening.”
There were activities for children, including story telling by local resident Linda Howe, Origimai lessons by Alice Baldwin Jones (resident of South Orange), and several musical and dance performances from teens in the borough. A Children’s ‘hangout’ was set up created in the card room at the Senior Center so that children and teens had an opportunity to meet with friends and have a fun time whilst the main performances were being conducted in the hall.
Several teens from New Providence took part:
Nick Piovano shared his experiences of attending an international school in Switzerland and how this altered his viewpoint in seeing diversity as a positive thing.
Sama Manachanda performed an Indian classical dance.
Sam Silverstein performed on violin.
The feedback received about the event was overwhelmingly positive:
"I can see that the dinner was a great success. You and the team are doing a wonderful job. The Committee is something the entire town can take great pride in. Thank you for all of your efforts on our behalf."
- Mike Gennaro Borough Council President
"Great job...That was a well planned gathering." - Elenita
"Thanks for the wonderful evening...that was organized yesterday your Group have done and exhibited a splendid and successful show. Not but not the least, is the variety of delicious food items and the entertainments that was showcased..." - Lakshmi
"Congratulations on the wonderful service you are doing to move your community forward, removing obstacles with love and wisdom! ... a spirit of unity and encouragement certainly permeated the meeting!"
"Thank you so much...for a lovely evening. All the performances were awesome...so much talent to see, great food. Kudos for your efforts and also thank you for making us part of it. Truly had a great time."
"What a great day, great program and a great job. I really enjoyed the entire event..I just came from breakfast with...and four other brothers, two of whose wives attended your event, and much of our conversation was about the success of yesterday's program. Keep up the wonderful work."
"Kudos to...you for all your effort and hard work to put together such a fabulous diversity dinner evening. What a brilliant and sweet way to witness and relish the rich cultural colors of our community."
- Narain and Indu