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2017 Inaugural Gala Celebration Invitation

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Your Personal Invitation to

Our Inaugural

CHESTER EASTSIDE GALA CELEBRATION

Announcing the launch of

The Reverend Bernice Warren Cultural Arts Program

 

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Reception at 6:00 pm

Dinner and Program at 7:00 pm

Honoring The Reverend Bernice Warren on her Retirement and Legacy

and

Welcoming our new Executive Director,

The Reverend Zuline Gray Wilkinson

 

LOCATION:  The Ballrooms at Boothwyn

1405 Meetinghouse Road, Boothwyn, PA 19061

Please join us.  Proceeds will support Chester Eastside and The Reverend Warren Cultural Arts Program.  Dinner Tickets are $60.  Sponsorships and Commemorative Booklet ads are available.

For more information and Gala dinner tickets:

https://chestereastside.eventbrite.com

 

Business or Cocktail Attire

Ample Parking on Premise

 

Chester Eastside, Inc.; 301 E. Ninth Street; Chester, PA 19013

610-872-4812

designated 501(c)3 non profit.   www.ChesterEastside.org

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Walking Against Hunger – News from Chester Eastside, Inc.

Rev. Zuline Says…
Walking against hunger

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Some 30 Chester Eastside, Inc., Board members and volunteers joined hundreds of others from Philadelphia area organizations sponsoring  food pantries and feeding programs  in the Walk Against Hunger at Lincoln Financial Field on April 8. They got a cup of coffee and maybe a pretzel for giving up a Saturday morning, but the real purpose of the event was somebody else’s hunger, not their own.  
 
Chester Eastside was distinctive, in that its delegation walked around the stadium that the Philadelphia Eagles call home and then outside the perimeter of Lincoln Financial behind a banner that let people know that hunger is a big issue for Chester Eastside. More than a walk in the chilly breezes that felt more like February than April, the Walk Against Hunger netted over $2,000 for Chester Eastside’s Food Center that serves hundreds of people every month.  
 
The Walk Against Hunger is sponsored each year by the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger, which connects people with food assistance programs and nutrition education; provides resources to a network of food pantries; and educates the public and policymakers about responsible solutions that prevent people from going hungry.  
 
This was Chester Eastside’s first year to participate. It won’t be its last. And in the meantime, that banner will not  sit rolled up in a dusty corner somewhere. Folks are going to know Chester Eastside is out there working on its mission of meeting human needs, helping people of all ages be all that they can be, and working for a more just society. 
 
Special thanks goes to Ashley Charles from Swarthmore Presbyterian Church, who organized and provided overall coordination for the effort. Thanks also to Tonya Warren for taking care of coordinating at Chester Eastside. 
 
Missed the event? That’s O.K., you can still be part of that mission of meeting basic human needs through your donations and volunteer hours. For details, check our website, www,chestereastside.org.

Rev. Zuline Gray Wilkinson,
Executive Director
610-872-4812

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GALA CELEBRATION on Saturday, April 29, 2017 COMMEMORATIVE AD BOOK and SPONSORSHIPS

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CHESTER EASTSIDE, Inc. GALA CELEBRATION on Saturday, April 29, 2017 COMMEMORATIVE AD BOOK and SPONSORSHIPS

We are having our first annual Gala Celebration on Saturday, April 29, 2017 to celebrate both the past and future of Chester Eastside by honoring our former Executive Director, The Reverenced Bernice Warren, who recently retired after leading Chester Eastside for over 21 years, and by welcoming our new Executive Director, Reverend Zuline Gray Wilkinson.  Location: Ballrooms at Boothwyn, 1405 Meetinghouse Rd; Boothwyn, PA 19061

We invite you to help us celebrate by being a sponsor or placing an ad/message in our Commemorative Booklet to honor Reverend Warren and continue the special work of Chester Eastside.

Sponsorship levels:
___Gold    $ 2000 –Full page placement in Commemorative Booklet and four Gala tickets.

___Silver   $1000 –Full page placement in Commemorative Booklet and two Gala tickets.

___Bronze   $500–Half page placement in Commemorative Booklet and one Gala ticket.
 
Gala Celebration dinner event tickets:   $60 each.

Tickets may be purchased on line at: https://chestereastside.eventbrite.com or by contacting the office at 610-872-4812.
 
Contribution:  If you are unable to attend on April 29 but would like to support Chester Eastside and the launch of the Reverend Bernice Warren Cultural Arts Program, we welcome your contribution.
 
Commemorative Ad Booklet:  Your business support for Chester Eastside and/or your personal congratulations to The Reverend Bernice Warren can be included in a Commemorative Booklet:

____Back Cover  $300.                          ____Inside Front Cover  $200.             

____Inside Back Cover  $200.               ____Full-Page Ad  $100.

____Half Page Ad  $50.                          ____Quarter Page Ad $25.

____Supporter/Patron at $2.00 each (provide list of all names)
 
Deadline for inclusion in the Commemorative Booklet is 5:00 pm April 15, 2017.   All Ads/Messages need to be camera ready, proof read and spell checked, and submitted in pdf format.  Email to: CEGalaBook@gmail.com.
 
As you wish it to appear in all printed material: Name/Company Name__________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________ Address______________________________________________________________________________ City____________________________________________________ State_______ ZIP_______________ Email______________________________________________________   
Tel # ____________________ My check for $________is enclosed.

Please make checks payable to “Chester Eastside, Inc.”
Mailing address:  Chester Eastside, Inc.;
PO Box 36;  Chester, PA 19016

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Walk Against Hunger April 8, 2017 | Lincoln Financial Field |Registration now open!

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“I needed an extra bag of food last week. I was really nervous about asking. You all were more than kind and also invited me to more events you are sponsoring. The man who handles the food is always singing God’s praise. You feed us lunch and do things for our family with such loving kindness. I pray God’s blessings on each of you. Thank you!”
 – A Chester mother

Chester Eastside provides more than 120,000 meals every year to people and families in need and nearly half of the people being served by the Chester Eastside Food Center are children. Already one of the largest operations of its kind in the area, Chester Eastside is looking to expand its food program, but it means a greater effort from everyone with a stake in its mission of meeting basic human needs, helping people of all ages be all that they can be, and working for a more just society.

Join the Chester Eastside and Swarthmore Presbyterian communities as we come together to support the efforts and mission of Chester Eastside, Inc.

The Thomas’ Walk Against Hunger is a fun-filled event that raised much-needed funds for more than 100 local food pantries, soup kitchens and hunger-relief agencies in Southeastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey. Together these programs help hundreds of thousands of local families put food on their tables every day.
Chester Eastside will be taking part in the Thomas’ Walk Against Hunger, a fundraiser for more than 100 food pantries, soup kitchens and hunger-relief agencies in Southeastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey. The money we raise will go directly to Chester Eastside for the purchase of food. Will you walk with us?

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The Thomas’ Walk Against Hunger also benefits the region’s leading hunger-relief agencies, including The Coalition Against Hunger, The Food Trust, Philabundance and Share Food Program. This year, the event will take place at Lincoln Financial Field for the for the first time! Walkers will get the opportunity to walk on the track around the actual field inside the stadium.
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Donate here – every $5 makes a difference! And don’t forget to join us on April 8th for a great time walking as one community in support of the life giving mission of the Chester Eastside Food Center. Click here to register to walk with our team (team name: Chester Eastside) and wear BLUE to show your Chester Eastside Pride!!

Learn more about Chester Eastside, Inc. by visiting, https://chestereastside.org/

Learn more: www.hungerwalk.org

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: April 8, 2017, Saturday
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Bag painting: A simple way to connect city and suburban children

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Swarthmore and Chester: three and a half miles distant, but it can be like a hundred miles to children growing up in those two communities. How to bridge that gap between city and suburban worlds?

The Swarthmore Presbyterian Church and Chester Eastside, Inc., came up with a simple but ingenious way: bringing children from the respective communities together to decorate bags that would be used to supply families with the essentials at the Chester Eastside Food

Center.  “Those bags will be distributed during the week before Easter week,”

said CEI’s Executive Director, Rev. Zuline Wilkinson. “Colorful bags represent the hopefulness that comes with spring.

Not sermons on race and class. Not self-conscious discussions about difference. Just bring those children together to work on a joint project. Bring them together, furthermore, at the site where food is distributed twice a week. For the children at Swarthmore Presbyterian, maybe

for the first time ever, there’s something about being there that makes issues like hunger a little less abstract.
As for the Chester children, meeting up with a group of peers from what is in many ways another world is in itself an important learning experience. And what better tool than taking paints and markers and creating something new?

To learn about other new initiatives at CEI and how you can become a ‘change agent’ in support of them, check out www.chestereastside.org

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Defying the Odds: Chester Eastside’s new Technology Training Program

Technology TrainingThese days, expertise in digital technology is becoming a necessity for anyone wanting to rise to the top in just about any field. And now Chester Eastside, Inc., is launching a program to help Chester youth do exactly that. Through CEI’s new Technology Training Program, two students at Chester High School’s STEM Academy, Kashawn Butler and Raquan Fisher, will be learning everything from programming and system administration to 3-D printing. 
 
“The media are full of news about the odds stacked against Chester youth,” said CEI Executive Rev. Zuline Wilkinson. “Here is some good news about how they’re defying the odds.”
 
Helping Kashawn and Raquan master the digital technology will be a crew of experienced mentors, all of whom are donating their time to the endeavor.  “We know computers but we’re not professional educators,” says Alan Levi, who runs his own Swarthmore-based consulting firm, “so it will be a learning experience for us as well.” 
 
Not the only ones who will benefit from the experience. The young interns will eventually be passing their knowledge on to other youth in the CEI After School Program and in high school. 
 
CEI Board President John Mackey likened the project to a Sequoia tree, which starts out as a tiny seed and emerges as a 375-foot-tall giant. “The top of the tree may sway in the wind, but the roots hold it firmly to the ground. We are all those roots,” he added, gesturing to the group that had gathered for the launching at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, home of CEI. They in turn assured him and themselves that “Yes we will.” 
 
Chester Eastside is partnering with the STEM Academy in putting on the Technical Training Program. More than a dozen individuals and organizations have lent their support to the endeavor. 
 
For more information about how to support the Technology Training Program and other programs and services offered through Chester Eastside, contact: Tonya D. Warren at 610-872-4812 or via email at twarren@chestereastside.org.

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A special celebration of all those wonderful folks who make Chester Eastside, Inc., possible – News from Chester Eastside, Inc.

Volunteers, staff, Board members. They are what make Chester Eastside, Inc., a living reality – not to mention the many loyal churches, organizations, foundations, and individuals with their financial support. And on December 10 we had a big “thank you” event, complete with food and carols and just plain fun. It is our special way of bringing the CEI family together each year. As for the thank you part, more than one person has said they get more out of the giving than whatever it is they give us.

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Prime example: The Busy Bodies It was just by chance that former CEI Executive Director Rev. Bernice Warren and  a group of retired craftsmen from nearby Ridley Park who call themselves the Busy Bodies learned about each other back in 2005.  They were all volunteering along the Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Though not many miles away, Chester was still sort of foreign territory to the men. But by the time they came back north, a new resource for CEI and a new volunteering opportunity for the Busy Bodies were underway; it’s a bond that continues to this day.

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You can still be part of the celebration by making your tax-exempt gift to Chester Eastside, Inc. You can give on line at www.chestereastside.org or send a donation via major credit card or Pay Pal or by designating a contribution to Chester Eastside in your United Way donation (#8253). And if you have already made a gift, many many thanks!

 

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In their own words: Thank you, Chester Eastside, Inc.

“I needed an extra bag of food last week. I was really nervous about asking. You all were more than kind and also invited me to more events you are sponsoring. The man who handles the food is always singing God’s praise. You feed us lunch and do things for our family with such loving kindness. I pray God’s blessings on each of you. Thank you!”
                                                                                                               – A Chester motherfood1

“We live amid the constant threat of guns and violence in our neighbor-hood. “This summer for the first time, the children not only felt safe but had the chance to talk about their fear.” 
                              -Mother of three first-time participants in the Chester Eastside, Inc.
Summer Enrichment Camp.

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In this holiday season, as you think about gift giving, you are encouraged to think about a special gift to  Chester Eastside, Inc. It’s one of those gifts that never stops giving, in lives sustained and a better start in life for the next generation and for generations after that. 
 
Chester Eastside, Inc., P.O. Box 36, Chester, PA 19016, is a 501.c.3 tax-exempt community organization. You can give on line at http://www.chestereastside.org via major credit/debit card, Pay Pal, or by designating a contribution to Chester Eastside in your United Way donation (#8253). 

And if you have already made a gift, many, many thanks!

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