Norwescap is thrilled to share the incredible highlights and unforgettable moments from this year’s NorwesFest. If you were lucky enough to attend, get ready to relive the excitement. And if you missed out, no worries – we’ve got you covered with this fun-filled recap that will make you feel like you were right there with us. So, let’s dive in and experience the magic of NorwesFest 2023 together!
At NorwesFest, our annual signature celebration and fundraiser hosted at Ort Farms, the spirit of community, fun, and empowerment comes alive in an inspiring showcase of unity and support. This highly anticipated event exceeded expectations in its third year, leaving attendees with unforgettable memories and a renewed sense of connection to Norwescap’s work and mission. This year’s NorwesFest once again brought together individuals of all ages, committed to making a difference while also having an incredible time! Let’s take a closer look at this remarkable celebration and the impact it had on the community.
Family Fun Day: A Blast of Joy for Everyone!
The festivities kicked off with Family Fun Day, a day brimming with smiles, laughter and endless adventures – and thankfully, hardly a drop of rain, despite unpredictable forecasts! From classic summer activities like volleyball and face painting to unique experiences like the thrilling “Egg-plosion” hunt and OMGBubbles, there was something for everyone to enjoy. And let’s not forget the raffle prizes that had families buzzing with excitement, including tickets to popular attractions like Great Adventure and Dorney Park. Oh, and did we mention the Honky Tonk Scoundrels rocking the stage, filling the air with their lively tunes? From start to finish, the day offered something fun and memorable for adults and kids alike!
Sunset Soirée: What a ‘Night to Remember’!
The forecast on June 24th hardly guaranteed a sunset, so the evening portion of NorwesFest was reset indoors in the barn at Ort Farms, which was was transformed into an elegant and enchanting space complete with sparkling lights, lovely wildflowers, and beautifully set communal tables. Guests were welcomed with signature cocktails, local brews, and a delicious farm-to-table spread; some indulged in friendly bocce ball and cornhole competitions, while others enjoyed the solar-powered carousel that brought out the childlike joy in everyone.
The mood for the evening was set with upbeat and nostalgic swing, big band, and pop-swing tunes by the incredible 17-piece Summer Swing Orchestra, led by vocalist Kevin Grey. Our Board President Jim Buehler shared his perspective on the impact of Norwescap’s mission on thousands of families right in our own communities, and CEO Mark Valli and CDO Heather Thompson took the stage as well, surprising and thrilling the audience with their musical talents. The highlight of the evening was Donna DiBenedetto’s inspirational story; her journey with Norwescap, her positive outlook for her future, and her commitment to transforming her lessons learned into support for others, brought Norwescap’s work to life in a very real way. You can watch her powerful speech on our YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/AUxihmBtcBc. Goosebumps, anyone?
To get a glimpse of this year’s Sunset Soiree, check out our YouTube video recap here: Sunset Soirée Video Recap, and check out the event photos here: NorwesFest 2023 at Flickr
Impactful Fundraising: Making a Difference, Together!
At Norwescap, we believe in the power of collective action. And NorwesFest 2023 was a shining example of what we can achieve when we come together for a common cause. Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of our attendees, sponsors, and supporters, this year’s event reached a new fundraising high! Every dollar raised will empower individuals, strengthen communities, and create pathways out of poverty. We couldn’t be more grateful for the incredible impact we’re making together.
Expressing Our Gratitude: Thank You, NorwesFest Heroes!
None of this would have been possible without our amazing supporters and sponsors. We want to extend our heartfelt gratitude to each and every one of you who attended NorwesFest and contributed to its resounding success. Your unwavering support and commitment to our mission of empowering individuals and strengthening communities are truly inspiring. We would also like to give a special shout-out to our event sponsors:
NorwesFest 2023 Sponsors
Financial Resources Federal Credit Union
CLA (CliftonLarsenAllen LLP)
Mental Health Association in New Jersey
St. Luke’s University Health Network
Visions Federal Credit Union
Sophia Inclusive Community
Kressler, Wolff, & Miller
Your partnership and dedication are invaluable to us!
Keep the Momentum Going: Get Involved with Norwescap!
NorwesFest may be over, but there’s always something going on at Norwescap! We invite you to explore the various ways you can get involved and make a lasting impact. Whether it’s donating to our programs, volunteering your time, or spreading the word about our initiatives, every action counts. Together, we can create a brighter future for individuals and families in need.
NorwesFest 2023 was a celebration of community, fun, and empowerment that left us with countless cherished memories. We hope this blog post has brought a smile to your face and inspired you to join us in our mission to uplift individuals and strengthen communities. Together, we can create a brighter future for all. Thank you for being a part of Norwescap’s journey, and we can’t wait to see you at the next incredible event!
Keep shining bright, Norwescap champions!
Upcoming “Next Incredible Events!”:
- Norwescap Day at the Somerset Patriots
- ShopRite of Hunterdon’s Race for Hunger
- Pork Roll Palooza
- & Save the Date for NorwesFest 2024 – June 22, 2024
- And to view the amazing things happening day to day at Norwescap, take a look at The Norwescap Events Calendar hosted on our website with search and filter capabilities you can personalize: Events (norwescap.org)
posted by Dawn Hartfelder – updated 7/25/2023
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