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JANUARY 2017 • Volume 13 • Issue 1 Jan. 27, History and Commerce in the Old and the New Netherlands, 7 pm. Official Queens historian Jack Eichenbaum presents on his historical and geographical research and his 2016 visit to Flushing’s namesake, Vlissingen, Holland, and Antwerp, Belgium. Queens Historical Society, 143-35 37th Ave., Flushing. (queenshistoricalsociety. Jan. 28, Chinese New Year Temple Bazaar, 11 am and 2 pm. For centuries, Asians have celebrated the Lunar New Year with temple fairs. This one includes performances, martial arts, crafts, and food to celebrate the Year of the Rooster. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. Plus, a dragon parade kicks off from Queens Flushing Library at 9:30 am. (flushingtownhall.org) 5 IT’S IN QUEENS HOT ACTS PERFORM DURING THIS COLD MONTH On December 14, the Queens Chamber of Commerce hosted the launch of Generosity Queens, a multi-charity 5K run/walk fundraiser open to all nonprofit organizations. The Generosity Series has raised nearly $4 million for over 100 charities and has partnered with the Queens Chamber to bring this powerful fundraising platform to Queens. Dozens of local nonprofits attended the lunch infosession, which was sponsored by Chamber member Vanguard Insurance Agency. After a lunch and informal networking, QCC Executive Director Tom Grech kicked off the afternoon by explaining the Chamber’s new emphasis on nonprofits, including the launch of the Chamber’s Nonprofit Committee. Grech explained how the partnership with The Generosity Series is a perfect example of how the Chamber actively provides unique opportunities for Queens-based nonprofits to grow and achieve their respective missions. Generosity Series founder Saul Rosenblum then shared his personal fundraising journey-- raising more than $40,000 in just three weeks and founding his own nonprofit that has raised over $1 million through run/walk events-- that culminated in the founding of the Generosity Series. Jan. 18, Self-Interned, 1942: Noguchi in Poston War Relocation Center, all year. This Feb. 19 marks the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, Franklin D. Roosevelt’s directive authorizing the internment of Japanese citizens and American citizens of Japanese heritage. This exhibition explores Isamu Noguchi’s decision to enter the Poston center in the Arizona desert, hoping to contribute something positive. The show looks at some of Noguchi’s works made before, during, and after his time there. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC. (noguchi.org) Jan. 23, Congolese Plantation Workers Art League, March 27. This is the league’s first exhibition in the United States. Creating sculptures with cacao as a primary material, the artists are plantation workers who harvest cacao for export. Many sculptures are future, present, and ancestral self-representations. SculptureCenter, 44-19 Purves St., LIC. (sculpture-center.org) Mr. Rosenblum then handed off to Dave Linn, the COO of the Generosity Series, for a full presentation that included education as well as opportunities for nonprofits to become partners in Generosity Queens. Although the Series is nationwide with several events in the tristate area and new events in DC, LA and Atlanta, Mr. Linn was visibly excited about Generosity Queens. “I grew up in Queens, I live and work here, I raised my family here. In my opinion, there’s no better place than Queens for an event that thrives on partnership and diversity,” he said. “I personally believe that, together, we are greater than our biggest challenges. We founded the Generosity Series to provide all nonprofits, regardless of size or mission, the opportunity to be a part of something much bigger and more powerful than they can do on their own,” Linn explained. “When an organization partners with the Generosity Series,” he continued, “they get everything they need for powerful peer-to-peer fundraising. The platform includes a premier fundraising event, proprietary webbased org) fundraising software, customized shirts, medals, running/walking bibs and signage for each organization, and personal fundraising coaching to guide you to fundraising success. A 5K event is something that anyone, not just athletes, can do so we get participants of all ages and abilities.” The results speak for themselves with per participant fundraising averages that are more than ten times industry average. Ed Probst, President of Vanguard Insurance Agency, said, “Vanguard sponsored Generosity Long Island where we helped generate $40,000 for amazing charities. We know firsthand the power of the Generosity Series and we know that here in Queens, we can surpass $100,000 raised for local charities.” Grech concluded the program with the exciting announcement that the Chamber itself is signing on as the first charity partner of Generosity Queens. Generosity Queens will take place on April 2 in Flushing Meadows Park. Contact Garth at 215-526-5059 or [email protected] generosityseries.com to find out how your organization can partner with this powerful fundraising program.   January begins with great Queens’ activities, a national holiday and New Year’s resolutions. However, only the most wonderful events last throughtout entire month. Here is a short list of a few entertainment and enrichment options for borough-based fun in January. Jan. 14, Karaoke at the Movies, 6:30 pm. The audience watches Disney’s Tarzan on a huge screen. The script is provided, and attendees sing along. Dressing up as a Disney character is encouraged. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside. (visitqpac.org) Jan. 15, Dance Theatre of Harlem, 4 pm. This world-renowned troupe performs as part of a larger MLK Day celebration. Colden Auditorium, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing. (kupferbergcenter.org) QCC PARTNERS WITH THE GENEROSITY SERIES TO BENEFIT QUEENS’ NONPROFITS


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