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Kids Pizza, PJ & Movie Event Featuring Disney’s Planes Fire & Rescue Thursday, January 15

MARGATE – The Milton & Betty Katz Jewish Community Center, 501 N. Jerome Avenue in Margate, will host a Kids Pizza, Pajamas and Movie event on Thursday, January 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. featuring Disney’s Planes Fire & Rescue.

“This is a drop-off event so that parents can have a night to themselves,” according to Early Childhood Director Jan Higbee. “We want to give parents the peace of mind that their children are in the care of qualified staff of the Katz JCC Early Childhood Education Center and provide the children a night of fun with a great movie, delicious pizza and a themed craft.”

The cost is $20 per child for children ages 3 to 6 years old.
Admission includes a 10% discount coupon for parents to Bocca Coal Fired Bistro of Margate.

“We wanted to partner with a local restaurant so that we could encourage parents to use the time for themselves and Bocca Coal Fired Bistro was gracious enough to offer those who participate in the event a 10% off coupon for dinner.”

The movie will be shown on the big screen in the auditorium while the kids snuggle up with their favorite blanket or stuffed animal dressed in their favorite pajamas.

Reservations must be made no later than January 13 by contacting Jan at 609.822.1167, Ext. 130 or jhigbee@jccatlantic.org. There will be no admission at the door.

For more information about the Katz JCC Early Childhood Education Program ,visit www.jccatlantic.org.

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The mission of the Milton & Betty Katz JCC of Atlantic County is to foster an appreciation of Jewish identity, values and culture, to promote health, education and welfare of our members, to strengthen Jewish family life, to build a sense of community and ensure Jewish continuity for our children, our children’s children and ourselves.

Katz JCC Boxx for Tots Toy Drive Collects Thousands of Toys for Children

Boxx for Tots Class held on Friday, December 19 at 12 noon led by Trainer Jon Simon (center) at the Katz JCC attracted more than 50 boxers.

MARGATE – The Milton & Betty Katz Jewish Community Center, 501 N. Jerome Avenue in Margate, collected more than 5,300 toys for area children during its Boxx for Tots Toy Drive hosted by Personal Trainer Jon Simon from November 29 through December 22.
According to Simon, the 5,300 toys were distributed to area charities including Jewish Family Service, The Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS) of Atlantic County, UNITE HERE Local 54, Brighton Pediatrics of Atlantic City, HOPE for Atlantic City, Our Lady Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church of Atlantic City, St. James Blessed Sacrament Parish of Margate, New Jerusalem Baptist Church of Atlantic City, United Methodist Church of Somers Point, St. Vincent DePaul Church of Egg Harbor Township, directly to local families in need, and many other charities.

A special KIDZ Fit Boxing Class was held on December 15. The kids brought in toys to be donated to various charities.

A special KIDZ Fit Boxing Class was held on December 15. The kids brought in toys to be donated to various charities.

“I was so impressed with the support this year for the toy drive. Over the last ten years I have been organizing the event, each year it gains more support and I am touched each and every year,” Simon said. “It just means more smiles for kids who need them the most.”
On December 16, 18 and 19 Simon’s boxing class was held in the auditorium of the Katz JCC featuring live DJ Paul Laup of Atlantic City.

More than 160 boxing enthusiasts turned out over the three-day event, donating a toy as their class fee.

Boxx for Tots Class held on Tuesday, December 16 at 7 p.m. attracted close to 75 boxers.

Boxx for Tots Class held on Tuesday, December 16 at 7 p.m. attracted close to 75 boxers.

“It was an epic event. It will be even better next year,” Simon said. “I have to thank those who helped make it happen and the efforts of Johnny Dee, Tom Lacovera, Armand Mendelsohn, Michael Brestle, Miguel Ruiz, Nick Hagmaier, Greg Troast, Lou Puglisi, Rick Atlas, Tyler Imber who all held mitts and made it possible for 166 good-hearted boxers to donate toys for three amazing boxing classes. The energy was created by DJ Paul Luap and Amy Piccinino and Robert Piccinino dropped in for the final class to help with an intense ab workout. A special mention to Remy Pelosi, Antonietta Wood and Chevelle Jefferson of the Katz JCC who went above and beyond to help.”

Just a few of the 5,300 toys collected through the efforts of Simon and the Boxx for Tots program at the Katz JCC

Just a few of the 5,300 toys collected through the efforts of Simon and the Boxx for Tots program at the Katz JCC

“We wanted to support Jon’s efforts in collecting toys for area children and were happy to give him the necessary tools to do so,” Chief Operating Officer of the Katz JCC Marg Mancuso said. “Regardless of race, religion or national origin, the Katz JCC aims to reach the entire community in any way we can. We hope the toys Jon collected and distributed helped put a smile on many children’s faces.”

T-shirts for Boxx For Tots were provided by David Lieberman of All State Insurance and photography by Heather Jones.

For more information about the Katz JCC Fitness Facility, visit www.jccatlantic.org or call 609-822-1167.

Representatives of HOPE for Atlantic City picked up a few toys for needed children from the Katz JCC collected through the Boxx for Tots program.

Representatives of HOPE for Atlantic City picked up a few toys for needed children from the Katz JCC collected through the Boxx for Tots program.

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The mission of the Milton & Betty Katz JCC of Atlantic County is to foster an appreciation of Jewish identity, values and culture, to promote health, education and welfare of our members, to strengthen Jewish family life, to build a sense of community and ensure Jewish continuity for our children, our children’s children and ourselves.