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Dinner Meetup: Investing in Orange, NJ

  • Jul 23, 2012 · 6:30 PM
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Our kick-off Meetup will take place at award-winning Hat City Kitchen (HCK) in Orange, NJ.  Please join us for dinner to learn more about the renaissance taking place in the Oranges -- and a unique model of local community investing that is providing affordable financing for 8 anchor properties around the central Orange and Highland Avenue NJ Transit Stations - the Neighborhood Anchors Fund, launched earlier this year.

HCK is an innovative social enterprise located in the Valley Arts District that not only provides delicious American comfort cuisine with a New Orleans influence, but all profits are used towards the area's ongoing revitalization through its owner and developer HANDS, Inc. It provides the perfect setting for a lively conversation about new opportunities in local community investing.

Click here to read about this unique social investment fund developed to attract a variety of capital providers motivated by both financial and social returns.

Invited special guests include:

Pat Morrissy, Founder and Executive Director of HANDS, Inc.

Dawn Fitch, President and Co-Founder of Pooka Pure and Simple

Lorraine Gibbons, Founder and Owner of Garden State Urban Farms

Terry Boddie, Photographer, Artist & Gallery Owner

General Event Information:


Entree choices:

Chicken & Andouille Sausage Jambalaya (optional vegetarian version available)

Shrimp and Grits

Fried Chicken with Mac-n-Cheese

Includes Soft Drinks, Iced Tea, Soda & Lemonade


Dessert Tray:  Chocolate Chip Cookies, Red Velvet Cupcakes, Fresh Fruit

*Cash Bar Available*

$30 includes tax and gratuities. No refunds available, however, contact us if your plans change to have a colleague attend in your place.



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  • Patrick O.

    Learning about the history of Orange, the progress made over the past 15 years and its prospects for the future was interesting. Learning about Orange via the story of HANDS' work and the HANDS partners, with their personal stories, made it compelling.

    August 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent meeting. Enjoyed the wide range of expertise assembled.

    July 24, 2012

  • Bruce A.

    As the organizer I may not be completely objective-- as " I know too much.' But I do think it was a good kick-off event and that people got a lot out of the evening. Initial feedback was positive but am interested to get other ratings.

    July 24, 2012

  • Joe P.

    Good, fun, informative event.

    July 24, 2012

  • Bruce A.

    It was an early morning tour of the Valley Arts District with the ED of HANDS, Pat Morrissy, when I really 'got' it. Beyond their strategic investment in abandoned 'pivotal' properties - it was the business owners' excitement and sense of possibility that I connected to. I knew right then that I wanted to be a part of it and share it with others. See you tonight at Hat City Kitchen, in Orange. Please be sure to get there as close to 6:30 as possible to get the most out of the evening.

    July 23, 2012

  • Bruce A.

    I'm looking forward to inroducing many of you to our funky, dynamic "work-in-progress" - the Valley Arts District. It's an exciting journey and the folks you'll meet who are a part of it are pretty amazing - definitely the kind that you want to revitalize a small city with. Pat

    July 17, 2012

  • Andrea R.

    Hi Thurmon,
    It's going to be a great event and we're thrilled that you're attending!

    July 12, 2012

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