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YEAR IN REVIEW 2002
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Hoboken Family Alliance

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HOBOKEN FAMILY ALLIANCE NEWS: March 2004

Cabin Fever and Spring Fling Festivals are a Big Success!

To see images from Cabin Fever and Spring Fling CLICK HERE

Cabin Fever Festival has been cured... and just in time with all the winter weather we've been experiencing. The third annual event was a huge success with over $4500 raised from sponsors and raffle items. This money will go a long way for HFA's philanthropies.

The Elks Lodge hosted the event on February 27, 2005 with over 300 families in attendance. The room was full of energy as soon as the doors opened at 11am. As soon as you entered the room, you were greeted by either Katrina Dawson or Christine Sheedy with a list of fabulous prizes. Right away, you were able to pick up your new HFA directory and Get Out Hudson Guide from Peter Cunningham (husband to Jen Cunningham). He was ready to help you with all your HFA membership needs.

The Spring Craft Table, donated by the Sobolov and Lee families, may have been your next step. After that, perhaps it was a stop to the Hoboken's Chess Club table set up with boards. Even Mayor Roberts sat down for a quick game.

Just across the way kids were working up a sweat with Tiger Schulmann's Karate. After this stop, who new where to go to next? You could make paper flowers thanks to the Hoboken YMCA; Play street games sponsored by Council members Theresa Castellano and Michael Russo; Throw a bean bag for small gifts; Dig for a prize in a blizzard of snow, hosted by Colleen Castle Zajac; or sit quietly at Big Fun's table full of different board games.

A huge thank you goes out to DJ Tom Sweeney with tunes for everyone, donated by Mayor David Roberts and the City of Hoboken.

Right across the way there were balloon animals crafted by Sam Silver and Boo the Clown was set up to do some face painting! There were many princes, princesses, cats, and dogs running around the room. Around the corner was a quieter area where Anthony David's served up the best mac n cheese on this side of the Hudson!

Wendy & Ruthy from Romparoo provided all the balloons, always a favorite. We also thank Kaplan Cooperative Preschool for books that were donated by Scholastic. The books were then passed onto the Reach Out and Read program at the Jersey City Family Health Center.

The Hoboken Fire Department parked one of their fire trucks outside for the kids to look at and climb inside. They also provided fire hats for anyone who wanted one. What a treat.

The scheduled performances were fantastic! Silly Willy marveled the room with his awesome magic. Polka Dot the Clown dazzled the crowd with song and dance moves. Later, Lisa Orinn, Dave Lambert, Marci Applebaum and Erin Lee Kelly came in with Music Together songs and instruments to round out the day. A huge thank you to the Guitar Bar for donating the shaky eggs that the kids were able to take home. Marci and Erin Lee treated us to another great performance for the children. All the shows drew huge applause and appreciation from the audience.

The day wound down with a LONG list of over 60 raffle prizes. Congratulations to all the winners. If you haven't picked up your prize from Shana Lee, please contact her at 201-217-1385 to arrange for a pick-up time.

About Face, facial- Marita Erbeck
Amandas/Elysian Cafe, gift certificates- Marita Erbeck
Anthony David's, gift certificates- Groo Family
Applebee's Restaurant, gift certificate- Michael Russo
Baskets of Distinction, gift certificate- Allyn Bruder (BIG WINNER OF THE DAY!)
Bellie & Katrina, gift basket- Kristin Lochmann
Beth Ellis, CMT, massage in your home- Joyce Flinn
Big Fun Toys, games- Nikole Willman & Stephanie Tan
Big Fun Toys, gift certificate- County Freeholder Maurice Fitzgibbons for the Homework Club at the Jubilee Center
Club H Fitness, 3-month membership- Michael Russo
Chazin Group, resume review- Stever Family
Cornerstone Pets, dog bed- Allyn Bruder
Curves for Women, 2 month membership- Ricky Repetti
Devotion Yoga, 5 kid classes- Karim
Echo of Art, $50 toward birthday party- Alycia Donohue
FastFrame Warhol Frame- Jeff Vitale
FastFrame Fontanna Frame- Nikole Willman
Gala Pilates- Shana Lee
Hartshorn Portraiture- Liz Pino
HobokenParks.org, basket of sport balls- Linda Malba
Hoboken Prenatal Massage, man's basket- Sue Graff
Hoboken Prenatal Massage, woman's basket- Nikita Sheth
Home Slice, perfume and lamp ring- Allyn Bruder
Dr. Pooja Khurana, teeth whitening- Paul Degnon
Johnny Rockets- J. Turso
Kathy Davis, Organizer at Large- Sue Drouin
David Lambert, birthday party music- Jeff Vitale
Lelia Marcus, Personal Trainer- Michael Russo
Mad One Jacks, haircuts- Sue Repetti, Jen Kruger, Caroline Halstead, Terry LeBrunar, Marita Erbeck, Sue Graff
Councilwoman Carol Marsh, pottery- Maureen Sullivan
Monroe Street Movement Space, month of class- Colleen Castle Zajac
Nutritional Nurturing- Kathleen Soules
Padilla Taekwando, Adult membership- Jeff Vitale
Padilla Taekwando, Child membership- Streater
Painted Rhythm, Cunard Frame- Cori Shea
Panera Bread, gift certificates- Allyn Bruder & Sonya Chazin
Pixydust, themed party baskets- Maryel Valentino (Halloween), Streater (Pirate party), Jude Rodriguez (bear), Streater (Halloween)
Pleasant Road Spa, massage- Irene Sobolov
Poopie Pants by Aljay Apparel, basket of onsies- Nikita Sheth
Red Bridge Property Management, basket of spirits- Aviva Kamander
Romparoo, gift certificate- Jen Kruger
St. Mary Hospital, classes- Melissa Yoon & Dana Harrison
Stevens Institute of Technology, basketball camp- Irene Sobolov
Stevens Institute of Technology, soccer camp- Maryel Valentino won both weeks
Stewart Organizing Services- Jennifer Goodin
Susan Korman Repetti, children's books- Skora
Tiger Schulmann's Karate, birthday party- Colleen Castle Zajac
Truglio's Meat Market, gift basket- Kinney
Urban Kitchen, gift certificate- McIntyre Family
Gayle Weisman, handmade switch plate & tissue box- Sue Graff & Flavio Froehli
David White, photographer- Ricky Repetti
wooden ships by paola buendia, hats & scarves- Katrina Dawson, Allyn Bruder, Dyana Aldea, Sue Drouin, Kianey Family
YMCA youth memberships- Kinney & Norma Ramos

A HUGE thanks to all the volunteers who helped make this day a BIG success.

Mayor Roberts and the City of Hoboken, The Elks Lodge, Beth Slifirski, Nicole Degnan, Dana Harrison, Aviva Kamander, Sue Graff, Katrina Dawson, Jaz Conlon, Desiree Goldfinger, Steve Walkowaik, Irene Sobolov, Jen DeMayo, Nikole Willman, Sharon Cicenia, Jen and Peter Cunningham, Sarah Dyer, Allyn Bruder, Caroline Halstead, Jim Good, Jennifer Fischl-Kruger, Morris Bagnall, Christine Sheedy, David Paris, Tracy Shnabel, and Councilman Tony Soares.

As always we cannot have an event like this without our sponsors....

Battaglia's, Big Fun Toys, Black Bear Restaurant, Caulfield Real Estate, Courtyard Cleaners, Foley & Foley, Greetings from Hoboken, Hartshorn Portraiture, John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Kelly Family Chiropractic, Liberty Realty, Madison Bar & Grill, Councilwoman Carol Marsh, Mom's Day Out, Pleasant Road Spa, Riverside Realty, Romparoo, Councilman Anthony "Tony" Soares, St. Mary Hospital, WeeBeasties and Councilman Nino Giacchi.

As all good Oscar speeches go, I'm sure I left someone out. I'm sorry and thank you for your help. I could not have done this without you.

All the events are organized by volunteers! If you had fun at Cabin Fever and would like to join the events committee, please contact me at goldy666@aol.com. It's a lot of fun and does not require a large time commitment. Join us in bringing more fond memories to HFA families.

Shana Lee

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