PLAINFIELD, NJ - The next installment in our '12 Days of Giving' in Plainfield focuses on education.

On Saturday, Dec. 2 The Donald Van Blake Tennis & Education Foundation will present its Fundraising Dance Extravaganza, featuring local DJ extraordinaire, DJ Lenny Len. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. at the BUF Facilities, located at 403 West 7th Street here in Plainfield.

The event features an open bar and complimentary hors d’oeuvres and desserts. There will be raffle drawings for chances to win exciting prizes, including tennis lessons, Broadway tickets to see “Chicago,” television sets and more.

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Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. All proceeds to fund the Indoor Winter Program and DVBTEF Scholarship Fund.

The organization, named after Plainfield’s own esteemed tennis ambassador Donald Van Blake, is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit organization. Mr. Van Blake, even at 96 years old, is still an active trustee of the organization. It was his vision to get everyone playing “tennis, tennis, tennis,” particularly the youngsters in the community, and makes it a point of his duty to come out to the Summer Camp each year for a meet and greet with the kids.

For more information about DVBTEF and its programs, visit: For tickets and sponsorship, or additional information, please contact: Tommy Richardson (908) 397-4336; Curtiss Young (908) 769-0283 or Denise Dixon (718) 207-2420.

Another opportunity for you to help others learn is through the Washington Community School's Annual Fall Book Fair.  The organizers are seeking sponsors to support the school's mission to help students learn, grow, and reach their fullest potential in life by reading.

"By becoming a sponsor, you can help us change the lives of children one book at a time,” said Lisette Wait, Librarian/Media Specialist, and Coordinator of the Book Drive.

The school is requesting the assistance of local businesses and organizations to help make this event successful. Research shows that when the community and its organizations are involved in their local schools, it highlights the importance of schools, and it motivates students to read and learn. It also allows the community to be a part of efforts to benefit the lives of the students in the community.

The goal of the book fair is to provide at least one book to each of the 584 students enrolled.

The book drive will be held at the school, located at 427 Darrow Avenue, Monday, from Dec. 4 to Friday, Dec. 8.

If you would like to help, make checks payable to Washington Community School.  Cash donations are also accepted. Contact Ms. Wait at Washington Community School at  For additional info, visit or email


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