MISS NEW JERSEY AND MISS PENNSYLVANIA TO MEET HOMELESS VETERANS AND MILITARY PERSONNEL ON THE BATTLESHIP
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact: Jack Willard 856-966-1652 ext. 144 email@example.com
EVENT: MISS NEW JERSEY AND MISS PENNSYLVANIA TO MEET HOMELESS VETERANS AND MILITARY PERSONNEL ON THE BATTLESHIP
Presented by The Board of Trustees for the Battleship New Jersey, Camden County Veterans Affairs, and Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders
DATE: Thursday, November 28, 2013 (Thanksgiving Day)
TIME: 10:30am – 1:00pm
PLACE: Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial
62 Battleship Place
Camden Waterfront, NJ 08103
DETAILS: The Battleship New Jersey, in partnership with Camden County Veterans Affairs and the Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders, will offer homeless veterans and active military personnel from Joint Base – McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and Dover Air Force Base a full-course turkey dinner on Thanksgiving. The meal will be served by volunteers in the Battleship’s crew’s mess (onboard cafeteria).
Miss New Jersey 2013 Cara McCollum and Miss Pennsylvania 2013 Annie Rosellini will meet the troops and veterans as they enjoy their hot turkey dinner in the crew’s mess on Thanksgiving. Cara McCollum from Princeton, NJ, is a student at Princeton University. Annie Rosellini of Butler, PA, is a student at Point Park University.
Residents can join us on the pier at 10:30 am to welcome our heroes to the Battleship. Free parking is available in lot #2, diagonal from the Susquehanna Bank Center, courtesy of the Camden Parking Authority.
MAJOR SPONSORS include Jewish War Veterans Post 126, The Spevak Family, US
Family Health Plan, Barb’s Harley Davidson, Philadelphia 76ers, Bodek & Rhoads, David Fleisher and Family, Gary “G” Cobb, PJ Whelihan’s, South Jersey Magazine, Volunteers of America, Comprehensive Screening Solutions, and Balloon Celebrations.
Berthed on the Camden Waterfront across the Delaware River from Center City Philadelphia, the Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial is a non-profit historic ship museum that offers tours Saturdays and Sundays, as well as a few special weekdays, through December. Consult the Battleship’s website for a schedule. The Battleship also offers overnight encampments for youth groups and families, special group and student tours and event rentals with a full catering menu. For more information on the Battleship’s many programs, visit www.battleshipnewjersey.org.
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Established last year in order to provide homeless veterans a full-course Thanksgiving dinner, and a place to enjoy it, the event at the USS New Jersey is now expected to seat at least 250 current and former military service members and their families.
“Last year, it was a dinner just for homeless veterans, but afterward we found out from some of the bases around that there are people still stationed out there on Thanksgiving,” said Jack Willard, spokesman for the battleship museum, which is docked at the Camden waterfront. “We’re very excited about hosting this, and being able to give back to our veterans in the area.”
According to Willard, the battleship contains 238 seats in its main mess hall. However, working with Fort Dix, located in Burlington County, and Dover Air Force Base, in Delaware, officials at USS New Jersey stated they will be able to comfortably accommodate the approximately 250 slated to attend the Thanksgiving dinner.
Also included in that figure are homeless veterans identified by the Camden County Office of Veterans Affairs, working through Volunteers of America.
The full-course turkey meal, which has been donated from various local businesses, including Andreotti’s Catering, Food Circus Super Markets and Wawa, will be served by the battleship’s community volunteers.
“There are people going to be coming up from the bases in vans, and some people are coming up by themselves,” said Willard.
Residents are encouraged to join officials on the pier at 10:34 a.m. to welcome veterans to the battleship. Free parking is available in lot two, diagonal from the Susquehanna Bank Center, courtesy of the Camden Parking Authority.
Dinner is scheduled to run from 10:45 a.m. until 1 p.m. The USS New Jersey is located at 62 Battleship Pl., in Camden.
For more information, call Jack Willard at 856-966-1652, ext. 144.
Contact staff writer Jason Laday at (856) 686-3628, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Camden Waterfront to Host Holiday & New Year’s Eve Celebrations
Camden Offers Variety of Holiday Events for People of All Ages!
CAMDEN, NJ – The Camden Waterfront will be busy with a variety of fun, family-friendly holiday activities between now and the end of the year!
On Thursday, November 21, 2013, Mayor Dana L. Redd of Camden and Mayor Michael A. Nutter of Philadelphia will host a news conference to kick off the holiday festivities along the Camden Waterfront and Penn’s Landing. The event, to be hosted at City Hall in Philadelphia, will outline all the exciting activities to do along both sides of the Delaware River during this 2013 holiday season.
The SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront shows will return once more to the Waterfront as a cross-city partnership between Camden and Philadelphia. SugarHouse Casino is the primary sponsor of the SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront, produced again by Pyrotecnico. In addition to the traditional midnight display, there will also be a showing at 6 p.m.
“The City of Camden is thrilled to celebrate another New Year’s Eve with its sister city, Philadelphia,” said Camden Mayor Dana L. Redd. “The SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront represents a unique collaboration between our two great cities and numerous public-private partnerships that are helping to transform our waterfronts into a world-class destination.”
Visitors on both waterfronts will be able to hear the synchronized musical soundtracks accompanying the spectacular choreographed fireworks display. Arsenal Sound will be setting up three speakers along the Camden Waterfront promenade. KYW Newsradio will also broadcast the soundtracks to both shows, allowing folks to tune into 1060 AM and enjoy the show from wherever they may be. Additionally, CBS 3 will be televising the traditional fireworks show live at midnight, complete with a special pre-show leading-up to the New Year’s Eve countdown
In addition to watching the fireworks for free from the Camden Waterfront promenade, there are many other special events taking place to ring in the New Year:
“The SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront shows attract thousands of residents and visitors to the Camden Waterfront each year,” said Anthony Perno, CEO of Cooper’s Ferry Partnership. “This year, in addition to the wonderful family-friendly shows, visitors can enjoy special discounts at local restaurants, and new holiday-themed events at Adventure Aquarium, the Battleship New Jersey, and Camden Children’s Garden. With unmatched views and world-class amenities, the Camden Waterfront offers visitors the perfect location to celebrate the holiday season and to ring in the New Year!”
Santa will arrive to kick off the holiday season at theCamden Children’s Garden on Saturday, November 23 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. The day’s festivities include Santa’s grand arrival, special holiday crafts, tree decorating and a reading of How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
Fountain Park will once again be a hub of holiday celebrations in Camden. This year, the park will be magically transformed into the waterfront’s Holiday Village for the month of December. Fountain Park, located between Campbell’s Field and the Aquarium, willfeature a dazzling 32-foot holiday tree with synchronized LED lights and sound. New garland and lights will also adorn light poles along the waterfront to help brighten walkways during the holiday season.
The City of Camden will also hold its annual Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony on Wednesday, December 11 at 5 p.m. at Fountain Park on the waterfront. Free hot cocoa and candy canes will be available for all who attend.
A few of the additional 2013 holiday events along the Camden Waterfront include:
· Teddy’s Toys for Camden Kids: On December 14 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Mayor Dana L. Redd will transform the Camden Children’s Garden into a winter wonderland for Camden youth. Over 500 Camden children will receive free gifts and photos with Santa and will have the opportunity to participate in free holiday activities, including rides, face painting and ornament decoration. Teddy’s Toys is sponsored by the Children’s Garden and is free to Camden residents and youth.
· SCUBA Santa at Adventure Aquarium: Starting November 29, discover the magic of SCUBA Santa up-close and in-person as he delights children of all ages diving the Aquarium's 760,000-gallon Ocean Realm exhibit daily. Weekend appearances at 11:30 a.m. and 3:15 p.m.; weekday appearances at 2:30 p.m.
· Gill’s Holiday Dance Party at Adventure Aquarium: Celebrate the holiday season with Adventure Aquarium’s beloved mascot, Gill the Shark, as he hosts a dance party in the Rotunda complete with music and a light display. Weekend and Christmas week show times at 1:15 p.m. starting November 29.
Information about more fun-filled holiday events along the Camden Waterfront will continue to be released throughout the holiday season. For detailed information about any of the 2013 holiday events along the Camden Waterfront listed above, kindly visit www.candenwaterfront.com.
All of these events are made possible through the generous support of the following sponsors: SugarHouse Casino, Adventure Aquarium, the Camden Children’s Garden, the Camden Special Services District, Cooper’s Ferry Partnership, the South Jersey Port Corporation and the Parking Authority of Camden City. The shows are produced by the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation and Cooper’s Ferry Partnership, the City of Philadelphia, the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC), KYW Newsradio and CBS 3.
ABOUT COOPER’S FERRY PARTNERSHIP:
Cooper’s Ferry Partnership is an economic development corporation that facilitates long‐range policy and infrastructure projects for the Camden Waterfront and surrounding neighborhoods, to revitalize the City of Camden as the place to work, live and invest.
ABOUT THE DELAWARE RIVER WATERFRONT CORPORATION (DRWC):
The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC) is a nonprofit corporation organized exclusively for the benefit of the City of Philadelphia and its citizens. DRWC acts as the steward of the Delaware River waterfront to provide a benefit to all of the citizens and visitors of the City. The fundamental purpose of DRWC is to design, develop and manage the central Delaware River waterfront in Philadelphia between Oregon and Allegheny Avenues. DRWC intends to transform the central Delaware River waterfront into a vibrant destination location for recreational, cultural, and commercial activities for the residents and visitors of Philadelphia. DRWC will serve as a catalyst for high quality investment in public parks, trails, maritime, residential, retail, hotel and other improvements that create a vibrant amenity, extending Philadelphia to the river’s edge. DRWC is open, transparent and accountable in connection with its operations and activities with respect to the waterfront. Through the judicious use of financing, land acquisition and development capabilities, the Corporation will work cooperatively with city, state and federal agencies to ensure the realization of the City’s vision for the central Delaware River.
ABOUT SUGARHOUSE CASINO:
SugarHouse Casino, named a 2011 “Best Places to Work” by the Philadelphia Business Journal, opened in September 2010 as Philadelphia’s first casino. SugarHouse features 1,602 slots, up to 53 table games, fun and unique dining options, riverfront views and free on‐site parking. The casino employs approximately 1,000 people and is one of 10 operating casinos in Pennsylvania. For more information, visit www.sugarhousecasino.com.
ABOUT VISIT PHILADELPHIA:
Visit Philadelphia makes Philadelphia and The Countryside® a premier destination through marketing and image building that increases business and promotes the region’s vitality. For more information about travel to Philadelphia, visit visitphilly.comor uwishunu.com. Or, call the Independence Visitor Center, located in Historic Philadelphia, at (800) 537‐7676.
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