WEST ORANGE, NJ - A fundraiser for the West Orange High School Music Boosters was held on Sunday at the home of West Orange mom and Booster Allisyn Adelsohn, where eight vendors took orders and sold their wares with 50 percent of the profits earmarked for the Boosters program.
Venders from West Orange were: Maria Sabando with Mary Kay; Jill Jeszeck with Avon; Denise Daunt with Stella and Dot; and Janice Berman and Maryann Narduzzi with Doterra Essential Oils. Other tables included Livingston resident Ricky Bella with AT Kits; and former Livingston High School graduate Schari Mangano, with Pure Romance.
In addition, there were two representatives from West Orange’s Mt. Pleasant Elementary School at the event—first grade teacher Lisa Marx, who was selling products from a company called Thirty-One Gifts; and Svara Bhatnagar, a fifth grader, who was selling handmade earrings and bracelets.
Adelsohn said this was her fifth year supporting the West Orange High School Music Boosters, which according to the website, is the parent organization that supports the students and teachers of the WOHS Music Department. She shared that her son Sam, who graduated from the high school this past June and her daughter Hailey, who is currently a sophomore at the high school, have both been mallet percussionists in the pit section.
She said she held the event because she "wanted to give back to the community including the local vendors and the music program.”
Adelsohn added that the biggest fundraiser of the year will be held at the Invitational on Oct. 8.
The vendors all said that they were pleased to be supporting the music program.
Daunt said, “My family loves music and loves supporting the music community and the West Orange Marching Band.”
Sabando agreed and said that though she doesn’t have a child in the high school yet, she was excited to be supporting the program.
Mangano, who said she specializes in bachelorette parties, girls’ nights out and divorce parties, said she was at the event to support her friend Adelsohn, and the WOHS Music Program. The two women graduated together from Livingston High School in 1988.
Wellness advocates Berman and Narduzzi, whose oils are certified pure therapeutic grade, shared that their company promotes natural wellness. Both said they were happy to support the Boosters.
Bhatnagar, who was selling four different pairs of earrings and bracelets said, “I wanted to combine my love of creativity with supporting a good cause.” She shared that it was her second time having a table at an event. She said she almost sold out of her stop sign earrings and bracelets at last weekend’s Sixth Annual "STOP for Nikhil" 5K Run/Walk event.
He mom Pooja said, “I am very proud of her for helping support the Boosters, which are such a great part of our town.”
Aside from Bhatnagar’s jewelry, another product at the event that was not part of a nationwide company, was Bella’s AT Kits. They are Bella’s own invention.
She said, “AT Kits is committed to developing meaningful, complete, high-quality art experiences for adults and kids.”
She added that the kits, which include high-quality paper, art supplies and a seven-day directive to create, are “always developed by an Art Therapist with one goal in mind—to help you ‘create yourself.’
“My line of 'Selfie' Kits was designed to promote self-reflection, free expression, focus and growth by engaging in a seven-day Mandala Challenge,” she said. “I refer to mandalas as 'selfies' because they always reflect an authentic ‘you’ in the very moment of creation.”
Marx said she has been part of the West Orange school system since 1992, with many of her former students going on to participate in the West Orange music programs. She said, “I love the kids and the families and I wanted to give something back.”