WESTFIELD, NJ — Students from Westfield's New Jersey Workshop for the Arts (NJWA) will perform at Homefirst's signature fundraising event, An Evening of Thanks: 2014 Union County Family Service Awards. An Evening of Thanks will take place on the evening of Thursday, Oct. 30, at The Galloping Hill Golf Course in Kenilworth.

 “It is such a natural fit to have students from the NJWA perform at An Evening of Thanks," said Ellen McGovern MSW, LCSW, executive director of Homefirst. "The mission’s of our organizations are both committed to serving the local community and inspiring young people to achieve their full potential.”

The theme of this year’s event is the youth of Homefirst. During the reception, Homefirst will premiere their new video, Voices of Our Youth, spotlighting the stories of three teens that have benefitted from the support programs and services offered by Homefirst.

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The mission of NJWA is to enrich lives by providing opportunities to develop creative talents and encourage a greater appreciation of the arts through both instruction and performance. Founded by Executive Director Theodore K. Schlosberg in 1972, NJWA has been dedicated to helping children, adults and senior citizens explore and participate in the arts through instruction and performing ensembles. The faculty is comprised of professional artists, musicians and educators who nurture the talents of each student. 

Established in 1986 in Plainfield, Homefirst provides solutions to homelessness by offering transitional and permanent housing, homeless prevention assistance and family support services. Working with a coalition of partners, including community groups, religious congregations, foundations, businesses, nonprofits, government agencies and volunteers, Homefirst assists families in Central New Jersey experiencing homelessness and in preventing homelessness. Homefirst uses national models to help give families the tools and the resources they need to overcome adversity and develop self-sufficiency.

An Evening of Thanks: The 2014 Union County Family Service Awards promises to be a memorable and enjoyable event.  For information on sponsorship opportunities and to purchase tickets, visit www.homefirstinc.org or contact Kathy Higgins, director of operations at Homefirst, at kathy@homefirstinc.org or at 908-753-4001 x17.

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