Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Garden Party A Success!

Erin Street was alive on Thursday night with the sounds of soulful jazz, children playing and good conversation. NEAT hosted its eighth annual garden party in the Erin Street Community Garden in the North End.

Hundreds of people gathered to enjoy the sunshine (thank goodness!) and eat delicious food donated by many generous Middletown restaurants. There was jazz music by The Three Hats, which included North End resident, Bill Carbone on drums. You can hear/see their performance if you watch the video of the party.

Click Here to watch the video of the party (created by North End Resident Dan Nocera)

Click Here to see pictures of the party

NEAT presented its first ever scholarships to three outstanding young NEAT members to help them as they take their next steps toward college and career. Dylan Hansen and Tierra Gaskins have been NEAT kids for the last nine years, involved in everything from the daVinci Club, building the Dream House, making two Documentaries and building a boat, the Amazing Rowing Machine, to singing with the NEAT Notes. Tierra is not only the first person in her family to graduate from high school, but she is beginning college in the fall. Dylan graduated this year and is working as a chef at It's Only Natural Restaurant, fulfilling a dream of his to cook in a restaurant.

Rohanna Powell has worked for NEAT for the last three years, helping out in the office and assisting our kids programs. She is a hard working, kind young woman, admired by all who get to know her. She is beginning at Hampton College in the fall. She will be missed very much!

NEAT wishes all three luck and success and we will keep in touch and keep tabs on them, as we have been doing for many years!

Thank You to everyone who donated to this party, and especially to the following restaurants who donated amazing food:
Empire Pizza,Fiore II Restaurant,Firehouse Steakhouse, Forest City, Fusion , Iguanas Ranas Taqueria, Inn at Middletown, It's Only Natural , Javapalooza , Mega Wraps , Metro Spirits, O'Rourke's Diner, Pattie Palace , Pho Mai, Public, Public Markets, Puerto Vallarta, Sweet Smelling Savour Chocolates , Tandoor-The Clay Oven, Tuscany Grill, Typhoon Asian Garden

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