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Testimonials From National Association of Home Builders

Sylvia Allen spoke at National Association of Home Builders during a seminar called "How to Generate Revenue Through Marketing Partnerships". Read testimonials below from the participants of the seminar: • Best speaker so far today! • This class was amazing! • Packed room. Very entertaining. Great content. • Please bring her back! I would [...]

2019-10-30T14:30:28-04:00October 30th, 2019|News and Press|

What Obstacles Do You Encounter When Selling?

Here are some of my favorites! I don't have any money (I usually respond with "Neither do I so we are even!" We already spent our budget (Of course, that really reflects on you .. you didn't get there in time ... remember 50% of sponsorship sales occur in the fourth quarter of the [...]

2019-10-15T14:35:22-04:00October 15th, 2019|News and Press|

The 10 Habits of Highly Effective Event Marketers!

 They focus on long-term engagement. They create unforgettable experiences When something works, they don't do it again. They design for the second screen (the mobile audience). They bring the product to life. They incorporate user-triggered experiences. They think personalization. They pull heartstrings. They use experiences as content. They push the envelope. Gives you food [...]

2019-10-15T14:17:26-04:00October 15th, 2019|News and Press|

Sunrise Optimist Club of Freehold Presents Scholarships to Four Graduating Monmouth County High School Seniors

The Sunrise Optimist Club of Freehold will be presenting four graduating high school seniors from around Central New Jersey with four scholarships, it has been announced today. Each winner will be receiving $1000 from the club. Freehold Township High School student Victoria Diaz will be receiving The Joseph Salkin Memorial. The scholarship is named [...]

2019-07-04T16:55:27-04:00June 1st, 2019|News and Press|

Sunrise Optimist Club of Freehold Takes Home American Red Cross 2019 Community Philanthropic Award for Outstanding Community Generosity

The Sunrise Optimist Club of Freehold was recognized this past weekend with the 2019 Community Philanthropic Award, presented by the American Red Cross. The award was presented to the organization during the American Red Cross’ 36th Annual Red, White & You Gala, held at the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel in Asbury Park. Held annually for [...]

2019-07-04T16:57:37-04:00March 29th, 2019|News and Press|

Is a Picture Worth a Thousand Words?

PAUL, MN – If the answer is “yes” you are a Rotarian in District 5960 in Minnesota and Wisconsin. What is Rotary? 1.2 million people in the world that believe and subscribe to the Four Way Test as follows: Is it the TRUTH? Is it FAIR to all concerned? Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER [...]

2019-03-20T02:22:11-04:00March 20th, 2019|Events, News and Press, Press Release|

Manalapan School System Sweeps Sunrise Optimist Club Essay Contest

FREEHOLD, N. J. -- Manalapan – Englishtown Middle School eighth grader Kevin Guan, 13, recently won the Sunrise Optimist Club’s essay contest. The contest was based on the theme of “When All the World’s Problems are Solved, is Optimism Still Necessary?”Guan was awarded first place for the honor. For his efforts Guan received a $250 [...]

2019-03-14T18:58:28-04:00March 14th, 2019|News and Press, Press Release|

Sunrise Optimist Club of Freehold Hosts Hot Shot Basketball Tournament, Feb. 10

Sunrise Optimist Club Hot Shot Basketball Tournament is February 10, 2019. FREEHOLD, N. J. – The Sunrise Optimist Club of Freehold will once again host its fun, inexpensive and competitive activity, the Kylie Pinheiro Memorial Hot Shot Basketball Tournament, on Sunday, Feb. 10, for its third year in a row. The event, [...]

2019-01-14T19:18:17-05:00January 14th, 2019|Events, News and Press, Press Release, Promotions|

Women’s Money Week® January 1 – 7, 2019

Julie Macc, CEO of Women’s Money®, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization headquartered in Reno, NV, today announced the 2019 online dates for Women’s Money Week® which will be January 1 - 7, 2019. Since its inception in 2012, Women’s Money® has dedicated its resources to providing financial literacy education for women. Each day Women’s Money Week® [...]

2018-11-27T20:46:27-05:00November 27th, 2018|News and Press|

In-Depth Outdoors’ James Holst to Lead 28th Annual “World Famous Fish House Parade” on November 23rd

The prominent host of "In-Depth Outdoors TV" James Holst has been announced as the Grand Marshal of this year's 28th Annual World Famous Fish House Parade, set to take place in Downtown Aitkin on Friday, November 23. The world famous parade has become one of the Midwest's go-to events, as onlookers come from all over [...]

2018-11-09T12:59:36-05:00November 9th, 2018|Events, News and Press|

Sylvia’s Children Shares Progress Helping Children In Uganda

Mission: In 2003, Sylvia Allen went on a humanitarian trip to Uganda, Africa. While she was there, she was asked by Geofrey Kawuma, head of the Mbirizi Primary School, to be the school’s Grandmother. With 1,000 children in the school, of which a third are orphans due to the AIDS crisis, she was honored [...]

2018-09-19T14:09:52-04:00September 19th, 2018|News and Press|

Freehold Sunrise Optimist Club Provides Unique Platform for Today’s Youth to Reflect Limitless Optimism

The Freehold Sunrise Optimist Club has been hosting a diverse number of activities that benefit today’s youth, always encouraging optimism and providing scholarships and other benefits to those who participate. For example, the recent Oratorical Contest, asked teenagers to express in an individual five minute speech, their perspectives on optimism, and were judged accordingly. [...]

2018-05-21T15:21:26-04:00May 21st, 2018|News and Press|

Monmouth Junction Student Preisha Agarwal, 12, Wins Sunrise Optimist Club’s Oratorical Contest With Powerful Presentation on Optimism

Preisha Agarwal, a 12-year-old student from Monmouth Junction, has been announced as the first place winner of the Sunrise Optimist Club of Freehold’s 2018 Oratorical Contest. Agarwal was handpicked by a select group of judges with her extraordinary presentation entitled “Where Are My Roots of Optimism,” talking about optimism being passed down from generation [...]

2018-05-17T20:27:44-04:00May 1st, 2018|News and Press|

Holmdel’s Allen Consulting, Founded by Award-Winning New Jersey Philanthropreneur Sylvia Allen Celebrates 40 Years of Success

When she launched Allen Consulting in 1978, society’s views on women in the workplace were just beginning to shift, but Holmdel business leader has never been one to wait around. She blazed a career path that 40 years later has become one of the Garden State’s most lauded business success stories. “From a very [...]

2019-05-22T14:40:26-04:00April 11th, 2018|News and Press|

West Orange Restaurant Week Contest Winner Announced – Allison Caprio of West Orange

The Downtown West Orange Alliance has announced the winner of its most recent 2nd Annual Restaurant Week contest, which was held during the week of March 11 through March 17. Allison Caprio, a resident of West Orange, was randomly selected from amongst the entries, which asked participants to dine at one of the participating West [...]

2018-03-28T23:38:36-04:00March 28th, 2018|News and Press|

Waretown Wine Festival April 28-29, 2018

Waretown’s beloved Spring Wine Festival is back again for its fourth year! This year’s festival will return from Saturday, April 28th through Sunday, April 29th and tickets are now on sale through Groupon and Eventbrite. The fourth annual spring wine festival will once again be held in the Waretown Recreation and Lake Area (182 [...]

2018-11-09T12:46:00-05:00January 30th, 2018|Events, News and Press|

Jersey Shore Wine Festival June 9-10, 2018

The Lakewood BlueClaws will host the eighth annual Jersey Shore Wine Festival at Lakewood’s FirstEnergy Park, on Saturday, June 9th through Sunday, June 10th and tickets are now on sale through Groupon and Eventbrite. The exciting two-day festival features samplings from a variety of award-winning wineries from throughout the Garden State. Some of those [...]

2018-11-09T12:46:27-05:00January 30th, 2018|Events, News and Press|

West Orange Announces Its Slate of Upcoming Events for 2018

After a highly successful Holiday Open House last month, Downtown West Orange Alliance has put forth its lineup for upcoming events for the new year. Make sure to don your best green attire and grab your favorite lager as Downtown West Orange will hold its time honored 67th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade right [...]

2018-01-29T21:49:38-05:00January 29th, 2018|News and Press|

Support Judy Garland’s Debut Opera House – Get Your Name on the Yellow Brick Road

The historic Butler Building, located in the idyllic Northern Minnesota city of Aitkin, has just launched its Yellow Brick Road Campaign this month, giving fans of Judy Garland and the Wizard of Oz and members of the community, the chance to help build their very own yellow brick road while preserving a place in American [...]

2017-12-22T19:28:17-05:00December 22nd, 2017|News and Press|

Inaugural Cuisine on the Green Wine Festival, June 2-3

Wine festivals are sprouting up all over the Garden State, due to their incredible popularity these past few years, especially some of the most popular throughout the state, the Jersey Shore and Waretown Wine Festivals. The organizers of those two have now announced the launch of a new one for the state and South [...]

2018-01-30T18:12:10-05:00December 13th, 2017|Events, News and Press|

Freehold Sunrise Optimists Host A Night of Comedy with Special Guest Liz Barrett, January 19th

The Freehold Sunrise Optimists will host its annual comedy night next month with a number of special featured guests, helping raise money for the organization’s youth activities within the community. A Night of Comedy will bring together three popular comedians at the Freehold Township Senior Center (116 Jackson Mills Rd.) for the event that starts [...]

2017-12-13T17:42:38-05:00December 13th, 2017|News and Press|

Freehold Sunrise Optimists Announce Eventful Start for 2018

The Freehold Sunrise Optimists have released its upcoming calendar for the first quarter of 2018, with four big fundraising events set to be held throughout the area. The community service organization dedicated to serving, aiding and encouraging community youth will kick off 2018 with its 6th Annual Stock Market Challenge on January 18th. The five-week-long [...]

2017-12-07T23:52:06-05:00December 7th, 2017|News and Press|


One of the most heart warming trips to the Mbiriizi School in Uganda is for the Christmas party.   We only need four more to make this work.  However, need to know no later than October 10 in order to get VISA's, tickets, the works.  Please join us ... there is no greater joy than [...]

2018-11-09T12:50:48-05:00September 30th, 2017|Events, News and Press|

MN Preservation features Sylvia Allen in their Magazine

The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota is a private, nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization dedicated to preserving, protecting, and promoting Minnesota’s historic resources. PAM is a Statewide Partner of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Sylvia Allen is featured in their latest magazine issue. The Magazine of the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota is available for download [...]

2017-09-30T01:15:04-04:00September 30th, 2017|Events, News and Press, Uncategorized|

Sylvia’s Children Invites You to Bring Christmas Magic to African Children

For nearly 15 years each holiday season, U.S. travelers have embarked on the trip of a lifetime to a remote village in the East African nation of Uganda, on a volunteer visit led by New Jersey-based nonprofit Sylvia’s Children ( Their mission: to help bring Christmas cheer to more than 1,000 Ugandan children attending [...]

2017-08-26T12:17:00-04:00August 26th, 2017|News and Press|

Calling All Owners of Historic Holmdel Homes For Annual Historic House Tour

The organizers of the second annual Historic Holmdel House Tour are putting out the call early for owners of historic homes and other historical properties in Holmdel who would like to showcase their property in this year’s guided tour. Scheduled for December 2, the Historic Holmdel House Tour gives those from around the area, [...]

2018-11-09T12:51:44-05:00April 11th, 2017|News and Press|

Middletown Student Samuel Shapiro, 16, Wins Sunrise Optimist Club’s Oratorical Contest with Extraordinary Essay

Samuel Shapiro, a 16-year-old sophomore student at Mater Dei Prep in Middletown, has been announced as this year’s winner of the Sunrise Optimist Club of Freehold’s Oratorical Contest. Shapiro was hand selected by judges after blowing them away with his five-minute-long speech driving home the importance of optimism in society, in the workplace, and [...]

2018-11-09T12:52:07-05:00April 11th, 2017|News and Press|

Restore Judy Garland’s 1925 Debut Opera House

Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Aitkin, MN, and help us restore the building where Judy Garland (aka Baby Gumm) performed in 1925 -- the Aitkin Opera House! We are bringing the Opera House BACK TO LIFE to relive “Over the Rainbow” and other Judy Garland classics. 50% of the renovation is done…another $999,000, and [...]

2017-03-24T15:31:48-04:00March 24th, 2017|News and Press, Press Release, Supporters|

Ten of New Jersey’s Best Wineries Announced for 2017 Waretown Spring Wine Festival

WARETOWN, N. J. – The 2017 Waretown Spring Wine Festival, one of New Jersey’s top annual attractions for the last three years, has put out the list today of its participating wineries for this year’s festival. Its list of featured wineries includes those often ranked among the best from throughout the Garden State for [...]

2017-03-24T14:27:55-04:00March 24th, 2017|Events, News and Press|

Holmdel Historical Society Clean-Up at St. Catharine’s Church Yields Hidden Gems

The Holmdel Historical Society (HHS), which researches, preserves and interprets the history and architectural history of Holmdel, had its first successful church clean-up on February 15 with 20 people participating. Historic clothing, unique farm implements and historic ledgers were just some of the items uncovered by the clean-up crew. The day ended with a pizza [...]

2017-02-21T12:17:45-05:00February 21st, 2017|News and Press|

Aitkin’s Habitat for Humanity Toolin’ Tour – Ride for Habitat on July 14, 2019

Aitkin Habitat for Humanity will host its annual “Toolin’ Tour,” a six-hour motorcycle ride through Aitkin County this July. The motorcycle tour is a fundraiser for the Aitkin Chapter of Habitat for Humanity, with proceeds going to help in constructing a new home in Aitkin. Since 1976, the international organization has worked to build [...]

2019-06-07T12:54:29-04:00February 20th, 2017|Events, News and Press|