The purpose of the Events Committee is to plan social, recreational, and educational events that build community spirit and raise funds for the organization. The Committee meets once a month and as needed for each event.
Jessica Frye is the GENA President and Chairperson of the Events Committee.
Please email the committee at to volunteer to help with other events or offer suggestions for GENA events
ANNUAL COAT DRIVE
EACH YEAR, we are SO WARMED by the generosity of our neighbors! GENA volunteers, in cooperation with Taproom on 19th and their sponsorship, collect winter coats and lots of warm hats and gloves for men, women and children who need them. Our neighborhood coats make their way to charities such as Our Brothers Place and Maternity Care Coalition and One Warm Coat. THANK YOU for your support, and thanks again to Tap Room on 19th for co-hosting six years and counting! Thanks to 6ABC Action News for covering the 2020 event!
GENA's Easter Egg Hunt in Stephen Girard Park!
Every year before Eater,neighborhood children and their families gather to enjoy a warm and festive day and three separate egg hunts.A DJ keeps entertainment coming, while kids enjoy child-delighting balloon figures or face painting. Raffles intrigue the grown-ups, and a crafts table occupies our talented tots. The Easter bunny holds court (and photo-ops) by the Stephen Girard Statue, until it is time for the hunts to begin. Thanks to Friends of Stephen Girard Park, the students of Gamp, our many generous sponsors, and all those GENA Volunteers who help out. Special thanks to Jessica Frye, our President and Events Chairperson, who works so hard to make this a smashing success!
Christmas in Stephen Girard Park
Friends of Girard Park, GENA and GEAR get together and put on a terrific annual community Christmas festival!
Carriage rides around the park, hot cocoa and snacks, Christmas Music and Carols, topped off by a visit from our super neighborhood Santa
Gifts can be donated to Toys for Tots
And thanks to our many Santa's Helpers for their generous support.
Farmers Insurance; MVM Living; Uncle Tomy's Pizza; Monti-Rago Funeral Home; DeFino Law Office; Pastificio; Hairs To You Barber Shop; SQ Philip's Steaks; CAVA Building Supply; Pizza Shack; Aversa's Italian Bakery; Bongiovanni Painting Company; Ticket Guru; Oregon Express; Joseph Papaleo Tile Co.; Foreign Fix Auto Center; Pasquarello Plumbing; UNEEDASIGN;
Taproom on 19th.
Educational Music and Science Programming
Once again, GENA, Franklin Institute and the Donatucci Library teamed up for another fun and educational presentation from the Franklin Institute's traveling repertoire on October 9th 2018. This time, the topic was Electricity, as a rapt audience got an intro to the attractions and repulsions of electro-magnetism, static electricity, batteries and lightning. Sponsored by GENA through a PAFA grant made possible through the efforts of Councilman Kenyatta Johnson.
FAMILY CONCERT SERIES
DONATUCCI LIBRARY GARDEN