Monthly E-newsletter                                              November 2014

Thank you for your continued support of PEI Kids! We have some exciting news for you this month.

9th Annual Wine & Food Tasting Event: "A Night for Food, Wine and Passion"



Our 9th Annual Wine & Food Fundraiser, as described by the Trenton Times, "was a night for food, wine and passion - for the work being done by local nonprofit PEI Kids." On October 17, over 300 attendees, 50 volunteers, and 30 local wine and food vendors gathered at Landmark Aviation's hangar at the Trenton-Mercer airport. Guests enjoyed exotic cars provided by Interstate Motors, an aircraft display arranged by Landmark Aviation, wines provided by Shop Rite Liquors of Pennington, and menu samplings from the area's finest eateries.

This year's Wine and Food Tasting Fundraiser grossed over $35,000, where approximately $30 of every $50 event ticket as well as proceeds from the 50/50 drawing and silent auction will go directly to support PEI Kids' programs. "This event was a complete success," says Nicholas Ventura, president of PEI Kids' Board of Trustees and CEO of event sponsor, Ventura Wealth Management. "We certainly raised the bar in terms of fundraising and community support."


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CJOOS Program Delivers Results Thanks to Public, Private Support 

Church & Dwight research chemist Nicole Nguyen (c.) presents a check to Jesse Elliot, PEI Kids' Development and Public Relations Coordinator, and Roslyn Dashiell, Executive Director, at PEI Kids' Lawrenceville headquarters.


Three recent grant awards will strengthen PEI Kids' Comprehensive Juvenile Offenders Outreach Services (CJOOS) program which serves at-risk Mercer County youth on probation. Grant awards include $7,000 from the Church & Dwight Co. Inc. Employee Giving Fund, $28,725 from the City of Trenton Community Development Block Grant, and $17,500 from Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. This funding helps cover costs to run the program, which is free to participants and coordinated in close partnership with local law enforcement, the Mercer County Juvenile Probation Department, the Mercer County Family Court, and Trenton schools.


Program Coordinator Rob Fiorello explains, "CJOOS is an evidence-based program with a very strong reputation for results. Our juvenile re-arrest rates are far below those of similar programs. Teens appreciate the positive atmosphere so greatly that they come back following graduation to be positive mentors to the younger kids."

Executive Director Roz Dashiell thanks each grantor adding, "Their generous support is vital to the future of the CJOOS program, which has proven its value by helping youth make positive choices, ultimately changing the trajectory of their lives. We have wonderful success stories in the CJOOS program; and we are grateful to have these strong community supporters who value this work and are committed to the future of Mercer County's communities."  

PEI Kids Welcomes Lawrence Township Into the Greater Mercer Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse 


One of the first stages of preventing child abuse in any community is building a committed coalition of community members willing to address the issue. On October 16th, PEI Kids held a Greater Mercer Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse meeting to welcome a delegation of Lawrence Township community members. The meeting provided an overview of the Enough Abuse campaign, its community-based coalition model, and explained the four Enough Abuse workshop modules available as free community workshops to members and organizations in the community.


The Lawrence Township campaign was launched in January to inform the community about the availability of Enough Abuse workshops and to spread the campaign's child-abuse prevention messaging through ads, workshops, flyers, and posters. These workshops educate lay people on how to prevent, recognize, and respond appropriately to suspected child sexual abuse. In addition to making the workshops more accessible for groups that will benefit, the campaign hopes to have a sustained impact by recruiting community members to become trained Enough Abuse workshop presenters for the Lawrenceville area.


The Lawrence Township Campaign is supported by the Princeton Area Community Foundation's Fund for Women & Girls and by the Lawrence Township Community Foundation. For more information, or to get involved, please email, call 609.695.3739, or visit the Prevention/Education page at

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