I was the recipient of a half-depressing, half-uplifting email a couple of weeks back from a woman who represents the parent-teacher organization of the Hoboken Dual Language Charter School (HoLa), located in Hoboken, N.J. HoLa, she tells me, is holding its annual fundraiser this coming April. And because the city of Hoboken was absolutely pummeled by Hurricane Sandy this past October, proceeds raised through the school’s fundraiser will help with hurricane loss and cleanup efforts. Funds will also be used to furnish and equip the school’s classrooms, enhance its art and music programs, and more.

Specially, HoLa is looking for children’s book donations or related items—such as an e-reader—to include in its silent auction.

I figure those of us in this community probably don’t do quite as much as we could in the way of charity, and so I figured I’d throw this request out to the group. Along with e-readers and children’s books, the HoLa PTO member who contacted me says, “We would graciously accept any products, services, or gift certificates you may be willing to donate for our auction.”

Any takers? If so, scroll down to read more detailed information from the group’s press release, which contains contact info.

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The Hoboken Dual Language Charter School (HoLa) opened its doors in September of 2010, and is home to 210 students in grades Kindergarten through 4th grade. We are excited to announce our third annual flagship fundraiser, Sabor de HoLa, and would like to ask you for your support and partnership with us in this endeavor.

HoLa Hoboken was severely impacted during Hurricane Sandy. To view photos or learn more, please click here.

What you can do to help: We would graciously accept any gift certificates, products, or services for our silent auction that would appeal to either adults and/or children.

When: April 16, 2013

Where: The Chart House, 1500 Harbor Boulevard, Weehawken, NJ 07086

Attendees: Approximately 400 attendees consisting of families of HoLa and community supporters

We truly appreciate your support. ¡Gracias!

Please mail any donation by March 15th to:
Attn: Andrea Mayendia
606 Clinton Street, Apt. #4
Hoboken, NJ 07030

Questions? Please contact Andrea (201) 423-5571 (or) amayendia@yahoo.com

Tax deduction: HoLa PTO is a non-profit, IRS 501c3 organization. Donations made after our filing date (September 1, 2010) are retroactively tax deductible. Donations will be acknowledged according to IRS requirements.


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