The grub was good but the cause was better!
Thursday, March 14, The Queens Fellowship held a fundraising event to shine a light on their effort to empower leaders for a unified Queens. Food was the central star that brought it all together.
The Queens Fellowship is a program that brings faith, government and community leaders together to challenge them in community building and finding solutions to create a better quality of life for all Queens residents.
“Some don’t know what is going on in Jackson Heights,” said Jule Grant, founder of Lupus Connection and member of the Fellowship. “From Rosedale to Elmhurst, we all have similar issues. We are stronger together as one”.
The event included cuisine and entertainment as diverse as the borough itself. There were beef patties from Patty World and samosas, an Indian delicacy of a fried pastry filled with spiced potato, peas and other yummy filling, from Delhi Heights. The fried fish was from Nu Urban Café and was a fast moving favorite. But it was its shrimp and grits that received high praise from attendees. There was seasoned vegetables, potato salad and dessert, dessert, dessert. Fruit and mini pastries helped to end out the evening, while a refreshing fruit punch helped to wash it all down.
Rounding out the delicious food, was an eclectic mix of entertainment which also reflected the diversity of the borough. There was the smooth rhythm and blues styling of Renee Benot and a hand clapping, uplifting group of selections from First Presbyterian Church in Jamaica Choir. Kimberly Tan played a guitar solo and Poetry’s performance was both entertaining and enlightening. It was a cultural lesson of Philipano history through dance. It received a standing ovation.
It was the mission, however, that was at the center of it all. There was a silent auction on various items from handbags, detox juicing and spa treatments. The biggest draw was the One Queens grant. Queens non-profit agencies with annual budgets under $25,000 were invited to apply for a grant which showcased their plans to make Queens a more unified, stronger borough. Deadline for submission is April 11.
The event was held at First Presbyterian church. The group is looking to hold another similar event in Northern Queens later in the year.
For additional information about the Fellowship or the One Queens grant contact email@example.com, visit tinyur.com/oq2013rfp or call 212-983-4800X144.