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The Grassroots Community Foundation Gala Recap

dsc_0964South Orange, NJ- Saturday evening Urban Girl Magazine attended the Grassroots Community Foundation Give Thanks Gala . The gala took place at the Orange Lawn Tennis Club.

The event was sponsored by Monami Entertainment, Myx Fusions and Skai Blu Media.

The Grassroots Community Foundation is a public health and social action organization. This organization funds, supports, develop, and scale community health and wellness programs for women and girls in under privileged communities. This foundation also fosters a summer camp for little girls in the Essex County, NJ area.

Dr. Janice Johnson-Dias is the President and founder of Grassroots. She is also the mother of 11 year old Marley Dias who’s the curator of the 1,00 books for black girls campaign. This campaign snow balled into a much larger cause. The initial purpose was to help diversify Marley’s local library by asking people to send her books featuring brown girls. Marley not only reached her 1,000 book goal but she also started her very own digital ELLE magazine for girls.


The gala was attended by political stake holders, entrepreneurs, and Vh1 reality stars Yandy SmithChrissy Monroe and many others.  The overall gala was hosted by reality show super producer Mona Scott-Young. 

Guests enjoyed appetizers, a networking hour,  open bar, endless complimentary bottles of Myx Fusions moscato, and a full course dinner all while listening to live jazz in the dimly lit tennis club.

Dr. Johnson-Dias presented women from the community of Newark, NJ and surrounding cities in Essex County, with a Wellness Warrior Award. This award was presented to women who suffered from past mental illness disorders such as bipolar disorder and depression, but were still able to help out in their community and thrive regardless of their mental challenges.


Overall the Give Thanks Gala was a wonderful event equipped with raffle prizes and a Djembe performance presented by the young girls of the Grassroots Community Foundation. 

If you or someone you know is interested in donating to the Grassroots Community Foundation visit their website at








I'm the EIC of Urban Girl Magazine. I'm a journalist, blogger, makeup artist and mom located in Newark, NJ. I started this blog in 2012 with intentions of creating a positive platform for women to share conversation, and etc.

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