Linda Bowden, Regional President of PNC Bank, New Jersey will be the event emcee at the “Making Our City Bloom Gala” to benefit the programs of Greater Newark Conservancy on May 10th at Nanina’s in the Park in Belleville.

The Conservancy provides educational programs that enrich the lives of thousands of inner city children from pre-school to high school. Sustainably-raised produce grown on the Conservancy’s urban farms in Newark increase access to fresh, nutritious food for thousands of low income residents of the City, including many senior citizens.

Through the City Bloom Landscaping Program, the Conservancy and the New Jersey Reentry Corporation provide job and life skills training for hundreds of Newark and Essex County residents as they move towards full-time employment and reclaimed lives.

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Event emcee Linda Bowden is responsible for providing executive leadership and supporting client relationship and business development initiatives across PNC Bank, New Jersey's lines of business in the region and Greater New York City, including Corporate & Institutional Banking, Commercial Banking, and Wealth Management, as well as supporting the firm’s community-based activities.

Honorees at the gala, which will feature a silent auction, include Hugo and Marilyn Pfaltz, who will receive the “Founder’s Award”, Bill and Sharon Brown, “The Nelson Mandela Freedom Award”, Jane Houston, “The Shipley Family Award for Philanthropic Endeavors”, and Don “Skip” Browne, “Joan D. Murray Volunteerism Award”.

You can support the continued good work of the Conservancy, which has earned a 4-star rating for sound fiscal management from Charity Navigator, the nation’s premier charity evaluator, by purchasing tickets for the Gala on Thursday, May 10th, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  To reserve tickets online, visit bidpal.net/citybloomgala or call 973.642.4646.

For more information about the benefit, including sponsorship opportunities and ad placement, visit www.citybloom.org. You can also visit the site to learn about other programs and services and volunteer opportunities and follow the Conservancy on social media at Facebook.com/GreaterNewarkConservancy, plus Twitter and Instagram - @Citybloom87.