The Jersey City Rotary Club celebrated their 100th anniversary with live entertainment, food trucks from around the tri-state area, arts and crafts and much more.
From Grundy Park through Montgomery Avenue and down to the Exchange Place Pier, Downtown Jersey City streets were filled with more than four thousand residents, local and county officials, law enforcement officers and vendors.
Hoboken Freeholder Anthony Romano (D-5), a fellow Rotarian who also represents the Heights, believes that events that embrace multicultural foods and diversity is important especially with the recent race related incidents across the nation lately.
” … Especially in Hoboken and Jersey City, and the diversity of the population, whether it’s in different cultures. As with my police background, I think it’s important for the community interact with both their local officials, and with each other and that’s how people get to know and understand and respect each other.”
Keely Respass who was responsible for the event coordination explained that “we decided that we wanted to share with the community our fundraising efforts.”
“Let’s do something fun, let’s do something engaging and also for a great cause of raising money for our foundation. And being that it’s summer time and we are all about family and entertaining and fun and engaging the community … food truck festival.”
Respass further explained that each food truck served unique items so that vendors did not have to compete with each.
The purpose of the Rotary Club internationally is to “make the world a better place through humanitarian efforts and through service efforts,” shared Mira Prinz-Arey, a fellow Jersey City Rotarian.
Jersey City Rotary Club President Wendy Paul told Hudson County View that one of their main initiatives for this year is increase membership in order to increase the services they can offer.
There are many other services that the Jersey City Rotary Club performs with a major goal that we “all get together and do great work through Jersey City,” said Paul.
A few local sponsors included St. Peter’s University, CarePoint Health, BCB Jersey City, Liberty Savings, Morlees clothing store, Liberty Prime Steakhouse and Iron Monkey.