Connecting on the Hudson – Kicks Off with Successful Lot Party

Photo: Event Co-Chair Liza Wang  and  Kylee Pressman, both of Irvington; Erin Coyne of Dobbs Ferry, enjoy food from the Pink Panther Tacos truck.
They came from all over Westchester on a recent starlit Saturday night to indulge in food truck fare, socialize, and do a little good.   The August 1 event was the official kickoff of RiverTowns Socials (RTS),

a new initiative developed through the JCC on the Hudson by board members Rebecca Schleifer and Liza Wang, both  of Irvington. 

“We wanted to create some fun events for adult couples and singles that were more about connecting socially to our community and less about fundraising,” said Schleifer.   “And we wanted to include a social action component.”   Partygoers, who paid one inclusive fee to attend the lot party, were asked to bring school supplies to donate to  My Sister’s Place, a White Plains non-profit combatting domestic abuse.  

“Some people think the JCC is just about the preschool, camps, afterschool and fitness programs,” said Wang, “but we’re here to provide a sense of community to everyone and make a difference at the same time’.  She was glad to see so many new faces at the party, as many who attended are not currently part of the JCC. “If everything goes as we believe, the JCC can truly be a central gathering place for people to do good.”

The non-profit, non-sectarian community center is expected to greatly expand its programs and services as it quadruples its Tarrytown campus in the next 18 months.     For more information, visit   or call 914.366.7898.


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