FAIRFIELD, NJ —The “Vixens” of the Rotary Club of the Caldwells recently hosted a dance at the Rogers Dance Center in Fairfield to raise money and supplies for the Back 2 School Store of the National Council of Jewish Women.

The “Vixens,” including Pamela Licht of Rogers Dance Studio, Jennifer Hawley of Kearny Bank and Samantha Cordaro McCoy of the West Caldwell Public Library formed an ad hoc group inside of the Rotary Club of the Caldwells to raise funds and awareness for "hyper-local" causes that help women and children in the West Essex area.

“We chose the Back 2 School Store as our focus this year because we could not believe how many children were in need in our backyards," said McCoy. "When Cathy Silverman came to give a presentation to our club last year, the three of us looked at each other and knew we had to do something. We all had fond memories of going back to  school and the shopping that went along with it and we wanted to make that a 'given' for these kids.”

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Hawley added that different charities touch the hearts of different people.

"If you are passionate about something or believe that a certain area is important, you will be able to support that cause by donating to charity," she said. "I am passionate about every child having access to a good education; and with that each child deserves to feel completely at ease and comfortable when entering into each new school year. The Back to School Store enables children in need with the necessities and confidence to put their best foot forward. How could we not support that?”

The “Rotary Vixens” presented Cathy Silverman, Executive Director of the Council for Jewish Women, Essex County Section, a check for $2500 to provide items for the upcoming Back 2 School Store on July 30. Additionally, a car load of school supplies donated by the Rotary Club of the Caldwells, was given as well.

"If you are one of the luckier people of the world, with your daily needs met, you owe it to the rest of world to help those in need” said Licht. “We were so grateful for all the help from the community who came out to support, in effect, their own neighbors. A special thank you to Calandras Italian Village, Caldwell, who donate all the baked goods we served that night. It was amazing to see people say, 'What can we do to help?'"  

For more information about The Rotary Cub of the Caldwells, please call 973-433-5665.