Full of homecoming games, dances, and galas, the week of Thanksgiving has historically been held close to the heart by all generations of the Franklin community. Franklin’s favorite traditions will continue to look a little different this year, but the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic were met in stride by the Warrior for Life Scholarship Foundation.
From Sunday, November 22nd through Saturday, November 28th, the Warrior for Life Scholarship Foundation is hosting “I Love Franklin Week 2020”, their second annual week-long community celebration. Last year, the week was filled with live events and concluded with the Warrior for Life Scholarship Gala. To maintain social distancing and public health guidance, this year’s celebration will focus on bringing the community together to safely support Franklin’s restaurants, businesses, and non-profits.
“We noticed that Franklin businesses are suffering right now during the pandemic, so this year we're utilizing this special week as a time to bring people safely together to help one another and keep local businesses afloat,” Rebekah Solomon, co-founder of the Warrior for Life Scholarship Foundation and Principal of Franklin Park School.
For each day of “I Love Franklin Week 2020”, the Warrior for Life Scholarship Foundation has identified a small local business to support. Solomon explains that residents are encouraged to support the business by purchasing dinner or a treat, and mention that the Warrior for Life Foundation sent you. No additional donation is required.
“During this week, we want to put an intentional focus on supporting Franklin businesses during the time when they need it most,” says Daryn Plummer, co-founder of the Warrior for Life Scholarship Foundation and Vice Principal of Franklin Middle School, Sampson Campus. “Local businesses and people working in the restaurant industry have suffered during this period of quarantine. When one of us suffers in the community, we all suffer.”
Here is the lineup of local businesses and organizations to support:
- Sunday, November 22nd: EU’s Catering (727 Franklin Blvd, Suite 5, Somerset, NJ)
- Monday, November 23rd: BAM Desserts (1830 Easton Ave, Somerset, NJ)
- Tuesday, November 24th: Café Alfredo’s (1760 Easton Ave, Somerset, NJ)
- Wednesday, November 25th: KBG Korean BBQ & Grill (510 Hamilton St, Somerset, NJ)
- Thursday, November 26th & Friday, November 27th: Happy Friendsgiving! Help raise scholarship funds for Franklin students (Donate at www.warrior4life.org)
- Saturday, November 28th: Moe’s Southwest Grill (120 Cedar Grove Ln, Somerset, NJ)
In addition to their financial support, community members are also invited to spread the word either through a positive review of a local business or a social media post celebrating these businesses using the hashtag #ILOVEFRANKLIN2020.
“With ‘I Love Franklin Week’, we hope to encourage the entire Franklin community during this incredibly difficult time for so many, to maintain a spirit of giving in the Franklin way,” says Adrian Plummer, co-founder of the Warrior For Life Scholarship Foundation and life-long Franklin resident. “Continue to patronize local business and give to your local non-profit organizations. This period has created so many students and families in need of your support.”
On Thanksgiving and Black Friday, Solomon encourages the community to consider donating any amount they can towards Franklin student scholarships through the Warrior For Life Foundation.
“In a time that is so trying for many—physically, economically, emotionally—it’s important that we continue to support our community, and particularly the youth,” says Solomon. “The youth of our community is what allows our community to continue to thrive and grow, so you can never go wrong by investing in our youth.”
The annual Warrior for Life Scholarship Foundation Gala has been postponed until mid-February. More information on the event will become available in the new year as public health guidance is made available.
Franklin High School seniors and college freshman interested in applying for scholarships can still find applications on the Warrior For Life website. Applications are due December 31st.
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