WEST ORANGE, NJ - The First Annual Muckers Ball was held on Oct. 25 at Thomas Edison National Historical Park, and drew the community together in an effort to raise funds in support of TENHP. The casual event was held under a tent near the entrance to the museum.
The Muckers was a term used to describe employees of Thomas Edison that often worked late into the night on various project at the Laboratory. The Friends of Edison, a non-profit organization, spearheaded the event to support and promote the historical, scientific, educational, and interpretive activities of the Park.
Several local businesses donated food and refreshments: Athena's Greek Kitchen, Goodfellas Pizza, Sefarat Kebab House, SuzyQue's BBQ, the OAK Barrel Pub, Egan and Sons, The Manor, Dunkin Donuts, ShopRite, Stone Deport and Supreme Bakery, with additional support from the Downtown West Orange Alliance.
Free tours of the museum buildings were available, followed by food and entertainment by Jim Keefe, and comments, emceed by FOE member Hap Bojsza.
"Many national parks have fallen on hard times," said Thomas Ross, Superintendent of Thomas Edison National Historical Park and Morristown National Historical Park. "With the help of Friends of Edison and the community, we can continue to offer improvements and programming to the public."
Ross said that they expected several thousands of dollars would be raised as a result of the First Annual Muckers Ball.