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Junior Woman’s Club of Westfield to Host Fundraiser for Imagine

Inside Imagine’s “volcano room.” With its padded floors and walls and many pillows, the room is a safe place to let go of loud, intense, often physical and wordless feelings of grief.  Seen here: Jakhi Williams, Deonna Powell and Volunteer Jessica Howard. Credits: Imagine

WESTFIELD, NJ — Tickets are on sale now for the Junior Woman’s Club of Westfield’s Gala and Auction to benefit Imagine, a Center for Coping with Loss, to be held at Shackamaxon Country Club in Scotch Plains March 8. Tickets are $85 per person.

Each year the Junior Woman’s Club holds a fundraising party for a different deserving beneficiary, according to Kathleen Walker, one of the event’s organizers.

“Located in Westfield, New Jersey, and founded in 2011, Imagine provides free year-round grief support for 180 children and adults annually in Union County and beyond. Through peer support groups, Imagine provides education and training to hundreds of teachers, adults and youth every year. One of 500 grief-support organization worldwide, Imagine is only the fourth year-round grief support center to open in the state of New Jersey,” said Walker.

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“At some point in all of our lives, we have lost someone due to death. We felt Imagine will benefit the most from our fundraiser because, without the continued financial support of the community and their volunteers, they would not be able to offer these valuable resources for free. Their mission is to support people coping with loss and to foster resiliency and emotional well-being. We felt this was a great cause that would appeal to our community and help us raise as much funding as possible,” she added.

At the gala, attendees will enjoy an open bar, buffet dinner, DJ, silent auction, live auction and more. Among the items already donated for auction are an iPad mini, two tickets to see Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden, gift certificates to local businesses and 25% off summer tuition at Camp Riverbend.

To buy tickets, click here. To learn more about Imagine, click here. To learn more about the Junior Woman’s Club, click here.

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