NUTLEY, NJ - Tickets to Nutley Family Service Bureau’s (NFSB) benefit 'Delightful Garden, Delicious Food' are on sale now. The event will take place Saturday September 9 in Nutley's Mountsier-Hardie Garden at 205 Rutgers Place from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The afternoon will include the chance to explore the award winning gardens, wander among garden installations, and discover unique sculptures in the open and tucked among the flora. Guest will be able to sip wine and sample the flavors of the region’s favorite restaurants and food crafters all while enjoying live music performed by local artists. In addition, family friendly activities will be offered.
“The Mountsier-Hardie Garden is a living reflection of the work we do at NFSB,” said Director Eileen Painter. “It is impossible to stand on the street outside of the Gardens and know all of the magic that takes place on the other side of the garden gate. The same holds true for NFSB. We encourage the community to enter the doors of NFSB in order to appreciate the special gifts the organization has to offer; mental health services, social services for those with short and long term needs, volunteering opportunities and so much more. Painter described the Garden event as a time for Nutley families to come together and experience NFSB’s tradition of neighbors helping neighbors for more than a century.”
When the ladies of Nutley first founded NFSB in 1913, they understood the need to support members of the community who were facing social, financial and emotional challenges. "As the agency has done for over 100 years, we are here to provide a port in the storm. With respect to mental health services, a trusting, therapeutic alliance between clinician and client which enables wider choices with increased empowerment on life’s journey are at the core of NFSB treatment approaches,” states Felicia Gardner, LCSW, Director Clinical Services.
Graeme Hardie, co-owner of the magnificent grounds, offers the following sentiment about life with a garden view:. “Living here, the garden brings us peace and tranquility. We are delighted to offer the space to NFSB and their supporters in their mission to help residents who are confronting challenges. The gardens are a true labor of love, just like the work of the NFSB volunteers.”
Ruth Bedford, lifetime Board member and NFSB Township Representative, comments “the family friendly nature of this event gives the community the chance to participate in the welfare of their neighbors in need. So many people are unaware of the services that are available right here on Chestnut Street in Nutley.”
Mary Graves, NFSB Past President relates, “Should an individual find themselves facing life’s challenges, they are not alone. NFSB is there to offer them the support they need.” Consistent with our responsiveness to changing local needs, NFSB is renovating the food pantry and thrift shop, making it universally accessible, finding new ways for members of the community to benefit from our services, and offer volunteer opportunities.
“The event is made possible in part, by the continuing generosity of Spencer Savings Bank”, said Rudy Chen, Event Planning Committee Chair and NFSB Board member. Sponsorships are still available, with every dollar of new sponsor money going directly to NFSB programs and services.
Tickets available online; $40.00 before August 25th, $50.00 thereafter or at the door. Children under the age of 10 years are welcomed for free. For ticket purchase, or more information about sponsorships, or to view a gallery of the Gardens, please go to http://www.nutleyfamily.org/dgdf or call the NFSB main office at 973 667 1884.