La Casa en su Casa

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With the pandemic still looming, restrictions in place for in-person events, yet a key priority to bring La Casa de Don Pedro’s philanthropic community together for its annual La Casa en su Casa fundraiser, La Casa turned to a virtual format to host this fan favorite event. La Casa en su Casa “Silver Linings premiered on Facebook and YouTube Live on Thursday, June 17th at 5:30pm.

 “Silver Linings” was a fitting theme. The program shed light on the silver linings that have emerged throughout the past 15 months. Despite the tragedy of Covid-19, the pandemic has also brought out the good in so many people, particularly in the great City of Newark, where essential workers, small businesses, large corporations, and city leaders alike answered the call of duty to serve those in need. These “silver linings” show the depth of humanity and remind us what we can achieve together.

La Casa en su Casa “Silver Linings” features guest speakers Mayor Ras J.Baraka, Board President Arcelio Aponte and Executive Director Raymond Ocasio, handcrafted video segments, a virtual wine and cheese tasting with Casa d’Paco and The Maplewood Wheelhouse, and an exclusive spoken word performance by Shell Spin.

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Enjoy this footage of some of La Casa’s supporters watching the premiere of La Casa en su Casa ‘Silver Linings’.

La Casa de Don Pedro is pleased to announce this year’s honorees…

The Essential Workers of RWJ Barnabas Clara Maass Medical Center and RWJ Barnabas Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
We honored 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 recognized the chefs, cooks, drivers, and more from dozens of Newark restaurants who 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 highlighted Valley Bank’s branches that have remained open to fulfill the banking needs of the Newark community.

We also recognized 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 featured several interactive experiences including…


Wine sommelier, Hank Zona, of The Grapes Unwrapped unveiled 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.

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

These wines were paired with a selection of cheeses from Spain brought to you by Aaron Kirtz‘s Maplewood Wheelhouse


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 performed 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 was 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 Stay tuned for more details coming soon.