SUMMIT, NJ - The Fortnightly Club of Summit is inviting area graduates to commemorate their accomplishment by taking photos under a congratulatory banner at historic Twin Maples estate. The photo opportunity is free and open to students from any grade, high school or college around the Summit area.

Graduates may pose with family or pets outside on the front steps of the building, observing social distancing rules. 

“We hope the students can have a memorable way to recognize their achievements in this time when the pandemic has taken away so much from them,” said Lori Dahl of The Fortnightly Club. 

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An optional donation of a non-perishable food item or toiletry item is suggested, but not required. All donations will be given to Bridges Outreach and GRACE’s Food Pantry to help area residents in need. 

“The Fortnightly Club’s primary philanthropy is fundraising to provide scholarships to Summit's young women. This year we received 34 applications," said Fortnightly Club president Terry Andrews. “We have a 125-year history of giving back to the community, and we’d like to do our part to continue the tradition.” 

Twin Maples is a Colonial Revival estate house built in 1908, featuring a full-height portico supported by Ionic columns, in a Neoclassical style similar to the nation’s White House. It is listed on both the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places. Twin Maples is owned and maintained by The Fortnightly Club of Summit, a fundraising organization that awards college scholarships to local students. 

Headquartered at Twin Maples, The Fortnightly Club of Summit is a nonprofit women’s organization dedicated to volunteerism, fundraising, community service and outreach. Club members -- a diverse group of professional women, stay-at-home moms and retirees -- hail from Summit, New Providence, Chatham, Short Hills and surrounding communities. To learn more, including about membership, visit fortnightlyclub.org.

Twin Maples is located at 214 Springfield Avenue.