It is said that our “rent” to live on earth temporarily is through charity; Winston Churchill once stated: “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” For the W. Cary Edwards Foundation, this notion stands to be true as they hosted their 6th annual Racing Towards Education charity event.
Many esteemed partygoers gathered at The Avenue A Club of Newark, NJ, on Saturday, September 24th, to celebrate the uplifting of the Newark community through generous donations while enjoying cars, cigars, doo-wop, and more. All for a great cause, guests participated in a Maserati-sponsored 50/50 raffle and The Macallan distillers circus-themed ring toss; all proceeds went to scholarships for further education and towards the Newark community Life Camp summer camp.
The W. Cary Edwards Foundation prides itself on making a difference through education. Established by William Cary Edwards, who was raised in a single parent household, the foundation offers individuals in New Jersey who may not otherwise have the opportunity to avail themselves of a quality education, the means to do so at all grade levels. The Foundation brings schools and people together to improve the educational process for New Jersey’s youth and encourage the development of its future leaders.
Charitable contributions at the Racing Towards Education charity event for Newark’s Life Camp help provide the children of Newark with an enriching summer program in the countryside, which they may otherwise not be able to experience. I had the pleasure of speaking with the late Cary Edwards’ daughter, Marcy Benner, who gave me great insight on the true essence of the foundation’s contribution and intentions.
“We had it in Newark because we are contributing to an organization called Life Camp this year; which takes 300 inner city kids out of their environment every summer and bus them to Andover, New Jersey, to a beautiful 90-acre camp,” Edwards explained. “There, they learn how to ride bikes, go fishing, have access to a recording studio and can just be kids. So it is our goal this year to raise as much money as we can to maybe get 600 kids next year, or maybe even 350 kids, just more kids than last year that will be able to get out of their environment for the summer and continue their education so they don’t get over the summer.”
For more information about the W. Cary Edwards Foundation, go to http://wcaryedwardsfoundation.org/.