Emerge New Jersey, the premier political training organization for Democratic women in the Garden State, is having its first Women of Emerge Fundraiser on Thursday, October 13, 2016 from 6pm to 8pm. The event is hosted by The Middlesex County Recreation Council at Kiddie Keep Well Camp on 35 Roosevelt Drive in Edison, New Jersey.

The Women of Emerge Fundraiser celebrates Emerge New Jersey alumnae for taking the first step toward elected office in the Garden State. Over the course of six months, Emerge New Jersey participants meet for one weekend to learn the nuts and bolts of a successful political campaign. From canvassing to field operations, media to messaging, fundraising and more, participants learn what a winning campaign looks like from New Jersey's leading political experts. By the end of the program, Emerge New Jersey graduates are equipped with the tools they need to run for elected office.

“I joined the the Emerge New Jersey program because it is changing our political landscape through the voices of women. The organization is grooming future mayors, senators and governors to lead New Jersey. I am honored to be a part of this distinguished organization that empowers and trains women to take on the most pressing issues we collectively face in government. With Emerge, I know we will achieve equal representation and equal participation in elected office,” said Cristina Pinzon, an Emerge New Jersey 2016 graduate.

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Since its inception, more than 40 women have successfully completed the Emerge New Jersey political training program. Emerge New Jersey alumnae have made strides in elected office throughout the state, including Essex County Freeholder Board President Britnee Timberlake, Neptune Township Committeewoman Carol Rizzo, Roselle Board of Education Vice President Jazmine Sandifer and Hillside Councilwoman Diane Murray. Additionally, several Emerge New Jersey alumnae are running for office this year.

The Women of Emerge Fundraiser recognizes each Emerge New Jersey alumnae for successfully being admitted to-and-completing the Emerge New Jersey program, while acknowledging there's still more work to do. Funds from the event will enable the organization to continue to build the bench of Democratic female leaders in the Garden State and help more women emerge. To purchase your ticket(s) for the Women of Emerge event, click here.

For questions, please contact Emerge New Jersey Executive Director Truscha Quatrone at truscha@emergenj.org.