United Way High Tea Event Attracts New Jersey Governor

Governor Phil Murphy and Plainfield Mayor Mapp Stop by for High Tea with United Way

PLAINFIELD, NJ – NOVEMBER 2019  On Saturday, November 2, 2019, United Way of Greater Union County (UWGUC) hosted its inaugural High Tea event at the Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church in Plainfield NJ, where Plainfield’s Mayor Adrian Mapp and Governor Phil Murphy stopped by in support of the event.

“The United Way is an existential organization, so I take my hats off to the United Way team and everything they do…” Governor Murphy said to attendees.  “…The United Way is one of the most important essential partners that we have in this state and in the country” he continued.  The event was hosted by UWGUC board members, Anna Belin-Pyles and Geraldine Harvey of Plainfield, and featured high tea, a tabletop competition and entertainment from local jazz soloist, Leisa Brown and a dance performance from Michael Taylor.  Over 120 people were in attendance to network and learn about UWGUC’s work in the Plainfield community.

This year’s Honorary Chairpersons were Brenda Anderson, Reverend Tracey Brown, Maritza Martinez and Elizabeth Urquhart.  Also in attendance to commemorate the event included Council Member at Large and President Mildred Crump, for the city of Newark New Jersey, Assemblywoman Linda Carter of Plainfield, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and Councilwoman Ashley Davis, from Plainfield. Winners of the tabletop competition were Evelyn Motley for “Pearls of Wisdom and Knowledge” theme, Barbara Wensberg for “Crescent Avenue” and runner up Dr. Mary Goodman for “Hats”.  The competition was judged by UWGCU Board Chair, Alison Yablonowitz and Assemblywomen Carter and Councilwoman Davis. 

Proceeds from the event benefited programs and services funded by United Way of Greater Union County whose mission is to improve lives and build strong communities.

Photos from the event are on the United Way website at uwguc.org/hightea.