THE BEAUTY OF COLLABORATION
f you spend enough time at PBC, sooner or later you end up trying to move everyone in your group from a large square platform onto a tiny one. This particular activity, called Three Plank Bridge, is an experiential learning exercise that builds teamwork, leadership, problem-solving, and communication skills – all critical 21st century skills. It’s also a perfect analogy for the nature of the work we do, both with participants and for them. Anyone walking around the campus in recent months would have seen extensive evidence of all of these skills. For example, during Summer Bridge, you’d see PICS summer interns and facilitators teaming up to supervise the waterfront while students paddled out in canoes and kayaks, or jumped into Bass Lake to cool off. You’d see those same students later in their STEM class, hunched over plastic cups and microscopes, carefully extracting DNA from strawberries and describing what they saw. You’d see them cheering their
peers on at the climbing wall and on the high ropes courses. You’d see them throwing their arms around their buddies as they went into Egner Lodge for lunch. Behind the scenes, you might not have seen the collaboration of adults working together to design and refine programs, to reach out to supporters for donations, to maintain the facilities in spotless condition, and to plan next steps. There are always next steps. For example, this summer, Roberto Gil, Jr., Director of the Blairstown Campus, had a vision: he wanted every Summer Bridge student to go home with their own independent reading book. Former longtime trustee (and now Advisory Council member) Jane Fremon, who founded and leads the Princeton Friends School, enlisted her entire school to donate the proceeds of their annual book sale to PBC to purchase culturally relevant, age-appropriate books. And every Friday during Summer Bridge, you would see students hovering over book tables in Danielson Lodge, looking for that perfect book to take home. Approximately 450 students had this opportunity during Summer Bridge 2017.
Another great example of collaboration includes NRG Energy. PBC Trustees and NRG employees Chris Moser and Courtney Lang knew we wanted to increase our capacity to provide hands-on experiences for students to better understand PBC’s alternative energy sources. They wrote a short proposal and presented it to PositiveNRG, which approved the purchase and donation of a Goal Zero Yeti 150 kWh Battery and Boulder 50 W solar panel. PBC’s STEM Instructors helped students learn first-hand about the solar panels on Egner Lodge’s roof through the individual NRG cell which powered several electrical devices. All of our collaborative work is only possible because of you. Please give generously so that we can continue to provide critical 21st century skills in a collaborative learning environment, free of charge, to our community’s most vulnerable youth. Your gift makes a visible impact. With gratitude, Sarah Tantillo, Ed.D. Board Chair
Pam Gregory President & CEO
Community Action “Learns the Ropes”
uilding upon the historic connection between PBC and Princeton University, we were proud to host 50 Community Action (CA) students and 10 student leaders at Blairstown for Frosh Week during the first week of September. PBC was founded by Princeton undergraduates in 1908 and served as the incubator for the University’s highly acclaimed Outdoor Action program. The CA students learned about the rich and significant history between PBC and the University while forming deep and meaningful relationships that will see them through their four years at Princeton. “Leading Through Mentorship” was the theme of the week. Students explored various methods to foster positive development in young people including experiential education, social-emotional learning, and adventure-based learning. They practiced and debriefed communication and leadership exercises. They solved complex puzzles, built catapults, and completed numerous initiatives using communication, creativity, problem-solving, and teamwork skills. They conquered their fears on our high ropes and climbing tower. The played games, engaged in guided reflections, and lived communally in rustic cabins. Mid-week, students enjoyed lots of contact time with Princeton alumni and faculty who are involved with PBC. Dr. Sarah Tantillo ’87, PBC Board Chair, led a session on goal-setting. Rev. Dr. Alison Boden, Dean of Religious Life at Princeton
and PBC Secretary; Sarah Tantillo; and Blairstown Director Roberto Gil, Jr. led thoughtful and spirited after-dinner discussions of the pre-read book selected by President Eisgruber, What Is Populism? The highlight of the evening was a panel discussion (led by Sarah) that featured Ev Pinneo ’48, Rev. David McAlpin, Jr. ’50, (both honorary Trustees and student workers at the Princeton Summer Camp), and Elisabeth Juechser ’20 (2017 PICS Intern and STEM Instructor). The panelists talked about their experiences at PBC and the rich history between PBC and Princeton, including Frank Broderick’s push for the integration of the Princeton Summer Camp and Dr. Robert Rivers ’53 being one of the first African-American campers.
The students also used their week-long experiences, PBC’s curriculum database, and outside resources to develop and present a robust curriculum to be used at PBC’s newly-created Boys Leadership Program. In the end, they created a group poem to reflect on their CA/PBC experience: PBC, CA, Experience, Comfortable; Support, friendship, birthdays, fellowship, home away from home, family. Active, exercise, adventure, challenging, chill, fun, fired up, unity, joy, inclusion, outdoorsy; Leadership, Self-Awareness, Communication, Trust, Cooperation, Problem solving, Growth, Learning, Teamwork, Resilience. Thankful, Inspired, Hopeful, Confidence, Bravery, Proactive. Good Intro to, how to succeed at, two more days ’til Princeton. New Experiences, Falls, Pushing Boundaries, Respect, Appreciation; Restoration, Challenge by Choice, Conflict Resolution. Good food, Pretzel Squad, Fruit Snacks, Lost 5 pounds. Brains, Open Mindedness, Diversity, Be Yourself; “Danger,” “Captain Sally,” “Mafia,” No Play on CA; Inspired, Rewarding, Reach Big, Finding Your Passion, Service; History, Connection, Home; PBC, CA.
Young Professionals Committee
BC is excited to announce the formation of the Young Professionals Committee (YPC). The YPC brings together emerging leaders who are interested in developing their skills while helping PBC advance its mission. Spearheaded by Courtney Lang of NRG Energy, Inc., the YPC has grown to include 15 professionals from the tri-state region, including representatives from the education, insurance, finance, and travel industries.
Photos: (Top from left to right) YPC members Doug & Alyssa Johnson, Frank & Pilar Tortorello, YPC Chair and PBC Trustee Courtney Lang, YPC guest Jen Guo, PBC Administrative & Marketing Assistant Brynn Mosello, and YPC member Kevin Elvey II at the annual Soirée Under the Stars. Not pictured YPC members are Tyler Anthony, Ben Dobkin ’16, Kevin Larkin ’16, Chris Petrucci, and Michelle Zheng. (Bottom) Summer Bridge students enjoying the Friday Book Fair and choosing which book they will take home with them.
At a gathering in Blairstown in May, the YPC learned about the history of PBC and got a tour of the property, along with the opportunity to learn how PBC Facilitators work with groups of young people. Now, the group meets every six weeks via phone conference to learn from guest speakers about various aspects of PBC’s business, including how the Board operates and special events like the Soirée and Golf Outing. They are developing plans to continue an annual gathering in Blairstown to come together in person and enjoy the beauty of the campus. They will also lead the efforts to launch a 5K trail run at the Blairstown Campus to commemorate PBC’s 110th anniversary in 2018. Stay tuned for details! If you are, or know of, a young professional (loosely defined as someone under 40 years old) who would like to meet some fun and enthusiastic peers while helping PBC, please contact Meredith Murray for more information, email@example.com or 609.216.7205.
Our First Annual Book Fair This year, PBC was able to hold our first annual book fair during our Summer Bridge Program thanks to the generous donations from the Princeton Friends School, Bryn Mawr-Wellsley Book Sale, Hamilton Public Library, The Hun School, and the Office of State Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker. Approximately 450 students combed through our extensive book collection to select a book to take home and continue learning post Summer Bridge. Thanks to our Blairstown Director Roberto Gil’s vision, we started a new tradition. 3
Reunions Weekend VolunteerConnect’s Community Award PBC was honored to receive the Community Award from VolunteerConnect at their Annual Impact Awards on November 8. PBC has partnered with VolunteerConnect since 2015 to identify and recruit highly-qualified, well-trained Board Members to serve PBC. To date, six PBC Board Members have come to our organization through the training offered by VolunteerConnect. VolunteerConnect works to expand the reach, impact, and capacity of community organizations through effective volunteerism, thereby enriching the lives of Central New Jersey residents.
n Saturday, June 3, PBC was proud to host a breakfast meet-up during Reunions at Murray Dodge Hall. The alumni and families who returned to the Princeton Campus for this annual tradition made it a truly memorable weekend. One highlight from this years’ brunch was when Chris Shepard ’98 pointed out the remarkable 100 years of PBC history that existed among the attendees. Reverend David McAlpin, Jr. ’50 was there along with one of 2017’s PICS Interns and Blairstown Facilitators, Elisabeth Juechser ’20. Reverend McAlpin’s father was Princeton class of 1920, and his generous contribution to PBC was an infirmary building, now fondly named “McAlpin Infirmary.”
Bottom Photo: (left to right from Reunions Brunch) Trustee Kevin Hudson ’97, former Board Chair and Trustee Mark Antin, President & CEO Pam Gregory, Board Chair Sarah Tantillo ’87, Director of Development & Communications Meredith Murray, Jotham Johnson ’64, Advisory Council member Jane Fremon ’75, Rick Curtis ’79, Trustee Don Seitz ’79, Honorary Trustee Rev. David McAlpin, Jr. ’50, Advisory Council member Ed Seliga ’75, PICS Intern Elisabeth Juechser ’20, Former Trustee Ariel Becker ’17, Trustee Rev. Alison Boden, Chris Shepard ’98, and Honorary Trustee Everard Pinneo ’48. 4
n Friday, June 2, a special Princeton Reunions panel discussion was held in the Carl A. Fields Center on Princeton University’s campus. Moderator Sheryl WuDunn *88, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, entrepreneur, and best-selling author, led five panelists in a discussion titled, “Race Relations and Diversity: Impacts of Today's Political Climate on Vulnerable Children and Families” The panelists (pictured above with WuDunn on left) included Yessica Martinez ’15, winner of the 2015 Princeton University Pyne Prize and co-founder of the Princeton DREAM Team; Dan-el Padilla Peralta ’06, Assistant Professor of Classics and author of Undocumented: A Dominican Boy's Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League; Kavita N. Ramdas *88 P16, Feminist Activist and Philanthropic Advisor; Margarita Rosa, Esq. ’74 P07, Former Executive Director of the National Center for Law and Economic Justice and Grand Street Settlement and Trustee of Princeton University; and Sarah Tantillo, Ed.D ’87, educational consultant, author, and Board Chair of the Princeton-Blairstown Center. Sponsoring organizations included: The Association of Latino Princeton Alumni, Black Graduate Caucus, Department of African American Studies, Graduate Women of Color Caucus, Hidden Minority Council, Latino Graduate Student Association, PrincetonBlairstown Center, Princeton Latinos y Amigos, Program in Latino Studies, The Pace Center for Civic Engagement, The Princeton Progressive, The Princeton University LGBT Center, and The Women’s Center.
Annual Links to Youth Golf Outing
n Friday, June 16, PBC held its second annual Links to Youth Golf Outing at Fox Hollow Golf Club in Branchburg, NJ. The event raised more than $25,000 for PBC, and more specifically our Summer Bridge Program, which addresses the “summer learning gap” for at-risk youth. The day was full of recreation and entertainment and drew more than 50 golfers from the tri-state area. The successful fundraising event included a practice range, lunch, 18 holes of golf, course competitions, and dinner complete with cocktails and a silent auction. At dinner, guests were treated to remarks from students of Summer Bridge partners She Wins, Inc. of Newark. Golfers who joined us last year, as well as those joining us for the first time, all had a great day of golf and camaraderie and were generous in their support of the vulnerable youth we serve. Thanks to our sponsors: Bret Baier and Fox News; Brown & Brown/Sobel Affiliates; Laurent Chapuis; Clear Channel; Susan Danielson; Dick’s Sporting Goods; ESPN; Fox Hollow Golf Club; Gennett, Kallman, Antin, Sweetman & Nichols; Joel Heymsfeld; Praveena Joseph de Saram and Vijay Krishnamurthy; Lang’s Ski & Scuba; Metro North; Bruce Petersen; Pinneo Construction; Princeton U Store; Barbara & Dick Rambo; Don Seitz; Small World Coffee Roasters; Daniel Smits Salon; Karen & Tim Stauning; Trader Joe’s; Ayoola Toyer and Muscle Management Services; Trenton Country Club; Trenton Thunder; Unionville Vineyards; Unlimited Silkscreens; and Chris Van Buren. Also thanks to PBC’s Board Chair, Sarah Tantillo and Board Member, Don Seitz, who were our Golf Co-Chairs. Top Photo: The winning foursome included Joshua Lopes, Neil Pomphrey, Vice Chair Chris Van Buren ’84, and Board Chair Sarah Tantillo ’87. Middle Photo: Guest speakers from She Wins, Inc., Cyeonie H., Sasha A-S., and Director A’Dorian Thomas-Murray. Bottom Photo: Cosmo Iacavazzi ’65, Richard Woodbridge ’65, George Rudolph ’63, and PBC Advisory Council member Al Kaemmerlen ’62. 5
Annual Soirée Under the Stars
n October 13, we held our annual fall fundraising event, Soirée Under the Stars. The night included inspirational speeches by Axel Velazquez, a Summer Bridge student from Partnerships for Trenton, and our Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS) Intern, Elisabeth (Liz) Juechser. The night also included hors d'oeuvres and international fare; sangria, beer, and wine; and live music by the Logan Roth Trio. In addition, we presented the 2017 Frank Broderick Award to Reverend David McAlpin, Jr. ’50. During the program, Liz recalled her time as a STEM and Sustainability Instructor for Summer Bridge, while student, Axel spoke about all the things he learned, from how animals survive in the wild, to writing plays.
had the privilege of knowing Dave for decades.” She then went on to recall her personal memories of him through the years, saying he was “universally adored.” A Princeton native, Reverend McAlpin received a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in 1953. After graduation, he settled in Princeton with his wife, Joan Rockefeller McAlpin. He met with Benjamin Anderson, the minister of the Witherspoon Presbyterian Church, who invited Reverend McAlpin to assist him. In 1957 Reverend McAlpin was installed as the first associate pastor of the historically black congregation. “I don’t see anything unusual about my new position,” he told the local press at the time. “It’s quite natural for me, quite natural for the people of the Witherspoon Church, and quite natural for Christians.”
Axel then thanked donors by saying, “Thanks to your generous donations, kids All proceeds from the event supported like me get to experience the wonders of PBC’s innovative programs for vulnerable nature and challenge ourselves.” youth with a particular emphasis on our Summer Bridge Program. Jane Fremon ’75, PBC Advisory Council Member and Head of Princeton Friends We would like to also thank the individuSchool, proudly introduced Reverend als and companies who sponsored the McAlpin in front of the 175 guests who event. A list of sponsors can be found on attended the annual event and said, “I have page 7.
“Thanks to your generous donations, kids like me get to experience the wonders of nature and challenge ourselves.” 6
Photos: (Top left) Soirée Under the Stars Benefit Committee Co-Chairs, Christina Bailey and Denise Frederickson. (Side bar from top to bottom) Blairstown Director, Roberto Gil, Jr. and Summer Bridge Student speaker, Axel Velazquez PBC Advisory Council member, Jane Fremon ’75, 2017 Frank Broderick Award Recipient, Reverend David McAlpin, Jr. ’50, and Joseph Broderick PICS interns, Alexandra Wilson ’20 and Elisabeth Juechser ’20 Julie Pantelick and PBC Honorary Trustee, Everard K. Pinneo ’48
Soirée Under the Stars Sponsors EGNER LODGE Anonymous Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Petersen ’79 Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Van Buren ’84 PEYTON LIBRARY Sarah & Mark Antin, Esq. Pam Gregory & David Palladino Meryl Kessler, Esq. ’84 & Scott Oran ’83 Yvette Saeko Lanneaux, Esq. ’88 & Michael Nissan, Esq. Suman Rao & Kaushik Arunagiri Patty & Don Seitz ’79 Mr. & Mrs. Warren M. Stock HUNT LODGE Katie & Brent Herspiegel NRG Energy The Martin Family Kay & Ev Pinneo ’48 Mr. Matthew Samsel Mr. & Mrs. Derek Simpkins Karen & Tim Stauning EQ Minda & William Alena Christina & Peter Bailey Rev. Alison Boden, Ph.D. & Rev. Walter Kerbel Janet Chen & Benny Soffer Susan G. Danielson, Psy.D. Mr. James Dauer Mr. & Mrs. Gerard Frederickson Dr. & Mrs. Donald Heilman Praveena Joseph-de Saram & Vijay Krishnamurthy Mr. & Mrs. Alfred Kaemmerlen Lear & Pannepacker, LLC Mr. & Mrs. David McAlpin Mr. Loring McAlpin NJIT Martin Tuchman School of Management Performance Food Group PBC’s Senior Leadership Team PNC Foundation Sandy Scarlatella & Ken Harlan Peter Smith & The Rev. Jean R. Smith Sarah Tantillo, Ed.D. ’87 TriCore, Inc. IN-KIND DONORS Christina Bailey The Bent Spoon The Cottage Garden Driscoll Foods Denise H. Frederickson Lena’s Deli Northeast Displays and Graphics
Vice Chair, Chris Van Buren ’84, Board Chair, Sarah Tantillo ’87, and new Trustee, Courtney Lang engaged in a team-building activity during PBC’s annual Board Day.
Princeton-Blairstown Center Elects Two New Trustees On Friday, September 15, PBC elected two new Trustees: Courtney Lang and Yvette Saeko Lanneaux, Esq. ’88. Courtney is a Princeton area native, growing up in Bucks County, attending high school at the Hun School in Princeton, and now working at NRG Energy in Carnegie Center. Her current role at NRG is within real-time operations and entails working with distributed and renewable resources. Courtney has a true passion for the environment and has over a decade of experience in the energy industry. She has worked with a variety of non-profit organizations and is currently the Chair of PBC’s Young Professionals Committee. Yvette is a resident of Princeton. Yvette received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University, and her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School. She was previously associated with the Tokyo offices of Morrison & Foerster and White and Case, in both cases, as a corporate lawyer. She more recently was a staff attorney for CNBC and MSNBC, and has since retired from the practice of law.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Princeton-Blairstown Center 13 Roszel Road, Suite C204A Princeton, NJ 08540 (609) 921-0070 www.princetonblairstown.org
Princeton Office President & CEO Pam Gregory
Director of Development & Communications Meredith Murray Director of Finance & Administration Lori Rivera Accounting Assistant Gina Grieco Administrative & Marketing Assistant Brynn Mosello
Blairstown Campus Director Roberto Gil, Jr., Esq. Assistant Director Adam Faller
Chair Sarah Tantillo, Ed.D. ’87 Vice Chair Christopher Van Buren, CFA ’84 Secretary Rev. Alison Boden, Ph.D. Treasurer Bruce Petersen ’79 Trustees Minda A. Alena Mark L. Antin, Esq. Christina Bailey Susan G. Danielson, Psy.D. Kevin C. Hudson ’97 James B. Huffman, P.E. ’77 Margaret Johnson, CFA Praveena Joseph-de Saram *10 Meryl Kessler ’84 Courtney Lang Yvette Saeko Lanneaux, Esq. ’88 Christopher S. Moser Suman Rao Donald R. Seitz, MBA ’79 Timothy C. Stauning Warren M. Stock, MBA William Wild ’13 Advisory Council Jonathan Baer Sari Chang Guthrie, RA ’84 Jim Farrin, MBA ’58 Denise H. Frederickson
Jane Fremon ’75 Jason K. Griffiths ’97 Elisabeth Juechser ’20 Al Kaemmerlen, MBA ’62 Abe Khalil Aida Lupe Pacheco ’77 Jason Pedraza ’11 George Cooper Rudolph III, ’63 Marta E. Santos, M.D. ’98 Edward Seliga ’75 Misha Simmonds, MBA ’97 Pamela L. Simpkins, MBA Edward Seliga '75 Daniel Tjondro ’20 Alexandra Wilson ’20 Honorary Trustees Joseph L. Bolster, Jr. ’52 Rt. Rev. Frederick Borsch ’57 ◊ Janet Smith Dickerson, M.Ed. Joan N. Doig Rev. David H. McAlpin, Jr. ’50 Everard K. Pinneo ’48 David G. Rahr ’60 Dr. Robert J. Rivers, Jr. ’53 Winthrop A. Short ’41 Peter T. Smith President & CEO Pam Gregory ◊ In Memoriam
Program Director Tom Arnold Manager of Special Programs Chris Trainor Manager of Summer Programs Travis Heilman Experiential Education Facilitators Joseph DaSilva Joseph Fallin Chris Filpo Ron Franco Cristal Hernandez Shaun Petersen Operations Manager Pat Karl Facilities Director Jody Zengulis Facilities Assistants John Haney Seth Nelson Anthony Martino (on-call) Matthew Gist (on-call) Biviana Fontalvo (on-call) Food Services Manager Robert Buarotti Food Services Staff Kathleen Habel Ell Diane Nicastro Chris Yeung 8
IS THE PRINCETON-BLAIRSTOWN CENTER INCLUDED IN YOUR WILL? The greatest assurance that the valuable work of the Princeton-Blairstown Center will continue for another century is through a bequest from you. Please consider the Princeton-Blairstown Center as you provide security to those you love and honor and include us in that special group. Through a bequest, you will join a group of visionaries who have left an unsurpassed legacy like Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Cornwall, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Egner, Mrs. Mary “Randy” Hobler, and Mr. and Mrs. John Sherrerd. Their gifts have helped to ensure that deserving youth who are less fortunate can experience the transformative power of our Blairstown Campus. Please contact Meredith Murray at 609.216.7025 or at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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