With gifts of $50,000 and $75,000 from Prudential Financial and the Victoria Foundation respectively, GlassRoots is approaching its goal of raising $2.1 million towards the historic 20/20 Capital Campaign to renovate the Old St. Michael’s building on Central Avenue in Newark. GlassRoots will occupy a dynamic 18,000+ square foot space and be an anchor tenant, collaborating with other educational and arts groups to catalyze the development of the entire neighborhood.
Prudential Financial, a stalwart corporate benefactor, has dedicated its support to the GlassRoots Scientific Glass Program which will bring on-the-job training opportunities to Newark. The Victoria Foundation, a longtime supporter of GlassRoots’ mission, provided a capital grant to assist in underwriting the new facilities.
GlassRoots’ 20/20 Capital Campaign is focused on raising private and public support for new facilities which will be a portal for increased creativity and economic vitality that can impact students from grade school to college; non-profits seeking events space; adults who yearn for artistic spaces and experiences; and the promotion of manufacturing in Newark.
“Prudential is committed to inclusive economic growth, in Newark and beyond, and our support of the GlassRoots’ 20/20 Campaign is one example of that multifaceted commitment,” said Francine Chew, vice president, business engagement, Prudential Financial, Inc. “The transformative development of the Old St. Michael’s building will increase economic and artistic opportunities downtown. It will also open up new avenues for Prudential employees to volunteer at GlassRoots and to continue engaging with our hometown of Newark.”
Irene Cooper-Basch, Victoria's Executive Officer added, “Victoria Foundation is delighted to help support GlassRoots as it moves to a truly exciting new space and expands its innovative programming to reach even more Newark youth. As an anchor tenant in the revitalized building, GlassRoots is also creating new partnerships that will further its mission to foster economic and cultural vitality for the city as a whole.”
Kathy Markel, GlassRoots 20/20 Campaign Chair, expressed her gratitude to Prudential Financial and Victoria, stating “We are truly thankful for the support of these two Newark organizations. The investment that is being made by both is long lasting and reaffirms the commitment that their leadership has made to Newark’s youth. A new, larger GlassRoots will better serve the growing number of school groups that want to visit and learn, will increase workforce development programs, and will become an important, sustainable artistic and educational addition to Newark’s creative community. Our future is clearer because of the confidence of Prudential Financial and Victoria Foundation.”