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La Casa en su Casa

La Casa de Don Pedro’s highly-anticipated annual cocktails and hors d’oeuvres reception La Casa es su Casa is coming back to a living room near you on June 17th at 5:30PM. Register for free!

This year’s event has been rebranded to La Casa en su Casa to highlight that it will be virtual once again due to COVID-19 precautions and restrictions.

Complete with guest speakers, handcrafted video segments, a virtual wine and cheese tasting, and exclusive spoken word performance, La Casa en su Casa will honor Newark’s and La Casa’s unsung heroes throughout the last year of this unprecedented pandemic.

This past year has been like no other. While it’s been full of tragedy and uncertainty, stories that demonstrate people going above and beyond have shined through the darkness. These “silver linings” show the depth of humanity and remind us what we can achieve together.

June 17th is quickly approaching  and our hosts of this year’s event want to make sure you don’t miss out on what will surely be a night to remember!

Watch this short video from Hank Zona of The Grapes Unwrapped, Angel Leston of Casa d’Paco, and Marcy DePina of Forsa Media Group explaining why you should attend and support this year’s event!

La Casa de Don Pedro is pleased to announce the following honorees…

The Essential Workers of RWJ Barnabas Clara Maass Medical Center and RWJ Barnabas Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
We will honor the frontline clerical workers, technicians, ambulatory workers, housekeeping, security, home health aides and more who have kept the gears well-oiled so their medical centers can provide the necessary care to the countless people who need their help.

The Essential Workers of Audible’s Newark Working Kitchens
We will recognize the chefs, cooks, drivers, and more from dozens of Newark restaurants who have dedicated the last 13 months working with Newark Working Kitchens to prepare and deliver more than 500,000 meals to food-insecure Newark families.

The Essential Workers of Valley Bank
From the bank tellers to the custodians, to the mortgage lenders, we’ll honor Valley Bank’s branches that have remained open to fulfill the banking needs of the Newark community.

We will also be honoring some of La Casa’s hardest working Frontline Workers…

Jessica Viera & La Casa’s In-Person Study Hall Child Care Team

La Casa’s dedicated team of in-person childcare professionals have created a safe space for children to attend virtual schooling from the comfort of our well-equipped community center.

Tune in to hear Youth and Family Center Manager Jessica Viera discuss the importance of La Casa’s study hall child care program. She’ll share the ways her team is going above and beyond to make sure children haven’t missed a beat during virtual schooling for Newark’s youngest and brightest pupils.

Dante Lara & La Casa’s Community Engagement Team

La Casa’s lean but resilient team have adapted their outreach efforts, always willing to do what is needed. From engaging the community on census outreach and providing small business support to distributing food and other essential supplies, they do it all.

Take a stroll through the Lower Broadway neighborhood with Dante Lara, La Casa’s Community and Economic Development Division Coordinator and HUD-Certified Housing Counselor. He will break down just how integral La Casa is to the community that we’ve called home for almost 50 years.

The evening will feature several interactive experiences including…


Enjoy happy hour with us when you pre-order our hand-selected wines and cheeses! (cheese sold out)

Wine sommelier, Hank Zona, of The Grapes Unwrapped will unveil the story behind the evening’s hand-selected Spanish wines from Casa d’Paco‘s wine label, a Spanish tapas bar and restaurant in Newark’s Ironbound neighborhood with owner and founder, Angel Leston. You’ll round out Casa d’Paco’s Galician and Rioja region wines with a Spanish rosado from a premier producer.

Marcy DePina, Newark artist, DJ, executive director and producer will join Hank and Angel as co-host.

You’ll sip these wines with a selection of cheeses from Spain brought to you by Aaron Kirtz‘s Maplewood Wheelhouse. All DOP cheeses, they will transport you to central Spain, to Galicia, and to the country’s north region. We promise that the creamy, buttery and well-balanced platter will leave you satisfied, while knowing you’re supporting an important cause.

Order now while supplies last! (Cheese sold out)


A graduate of Montclair State University, Shell Spin is a spoken word artist, activist, and DJ born and raised in New Jersey.  As the co-founder of the L.O.U.D. (Living Our Ultimate Dreams) Project in Newark, which strives to give youth the tools to express their stories and find their voice through slam poetry, her work is rooted in self-love, intersectional feminism, and radical restoration.

Shell will perform an exclusive poem about life during the pandemic during event. Learn more about Shell Spin

Thank you to La Casa en su Casa’s Event Sponsors:






JW Pierson
Rutgers University – Newark
ShopRite of Newark

Daniel Czerniawski
Lucia and Enrique Diloné
Greg Maher (on behalf of the Leviticus Fund)
Security On Point, Inc.


Arcelio Aponte
Mayuri Chandra
Ronald Chaluisan Batlle
Julio Colon
Dawn Gammon
William F. Griffeth, Jr.
Dr. Gayle Griffin

NJ Citizen Action
NJ Community Capital
Deborah and James Purdon
Richard Roper
Ivette Rosario
Grizel Ubarry

2021 Special Events Series

La Casa en su Casa is just one of three special events planned for 2021. Each event offers unique promotional opportunities targeting a variety of constituents. Project Backpack, from July 12-August 13 is our annual back to school drive to support Newark’s children as they get ready to go back to school. Burgers and Brew Week, from September 20-26 offers a an interactive week to support local and minority owned food and drink establishments. Mark your calendars and learn more here.

For additional sponsorship information, please contact Carrie Puglisi at info@lacasanwk.org. Stay tuned for more details coming soon.