Thousands of non-profit organizations around the country have been hit hard by the recession, including several local New Jersey groups.
Boys & Girls Clubs in New Jersey, which serves more than 85,000 local youth, has suffered greatly at the hands of the economy.
Connie Ludwin, CEO of the New Jersey chapter, revealed that the group is in desperate need of funding after a large drop in corporate sponsorships in 2010.
She has begun taking steps to offset budget woes, including setting up an upcoming benefit concert in Atlantic City, which Ludwin calls the “entertainment Mecca of New Jersey.”
The organization, in cooperation with Resorts Casino Hotel, will hold the first ever “Sounds of Spring” benefit concert on March 30, featuring four stars from the original Broadway cast of “Jersey Boys,” now known as THE MIDTOWN MEN.
THE MIDTOWN MEN will be joined onstage by emcee Terry Ruggles, of NBC 10 fame, to sing hit songs from the 1960s.
The event is a first for 25-year Boys & Girls Clubs veteran Ludwin, a self-described “Jersey girl” who attended high school in local Monmouth County.
She joined the organization in 1987 as the Union County aquatics director, and has remained a staple of the group ever since.
Ludwin believes proceeds from the event will help plug holes in the non-profit’s dwindling operating budget and allow the group to continue assisting youth from all backgrounds.
“This is the first event like this for the South Jersey region,” Ludwin said. “The Clubs are in dire need of support for programs and services which deter juvenile delinquency and substance abuse and encourage academic success, leadership development and workplace readiness.”
Clubs within the South Jersey footprint, including Camden, Trenton, Vineland, Glassboro and Paulsboro, are expected to benefit greatly from the concert.
“A majority of our revenue raised annually comes from events, grants and donations. Unfortunately, support has decreased significantly over the last couple years due to the recession. Proceeds for this event will ensure that Boys & Girls Club members will have access to a safe place, positive role models and life enhancing programs,” Ludwin added.
Ludwin also hopes the concert will allow key members of the Boys & Girls Clubs to harbor new relationships in order to secure additional funding and put on similar events in the future.
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