November 9, 2016

The Community Truly Comes Together for Housing Initiatives of Princeton Rent Party

To the Editor:

Housing Initiatives of Princeton (HIP) held its annual Rent Party on Saturday, October 22, where over 120 people gathered to enjoy food, drinks, and music while raising money to help HIP provide transitional housing with supportive services for working families who are facing homelessness and to provide emergency rental assistance for those who need a one-time payment for a security deposit or for back rent. A big thank you to all of our supporters, attendees, and the more than 30 sponsors of the event!

In addition to the all-volunteer HIP board who worked tirelessly to make the event a success, HIP has a bunch of people to thank: Lydia and Johan Pfeiffer for hosting us in the beautiful Grover Cleveland house; our incredibly talented caterer, Blawenberg Café; Tap Tap Caribbean/American Cuisines for the incredible desserts; Anne Fahey, for the fantastic invitations; Jennifer Cohan for vigorously planning and promoting the event; Pam Hersh for her appealing press release; Anna Brouwer for staffing the Giving House so expertly; our brave bartender, Ben Dixon; Applied Harmony, the awesome jazz band that serenaded us through the night; Paul Jeanes, auctioneer extraordinaire, and Derrick Avila and Abel Onofre for directing all of our attendees to parking.

And, last but not least, thank you to Mira DeMartino, Anja Zimmermann, and Ralph Neuneier, and the Bent Spoon for their generous donations to our live auction.

Our whole community truly came together … neighbor helping neighbor to keep our community diverse and vibrant!

Carol Golden

Interim Chair, 

Housing Initiatives of Princeton, Mercer Street