Thanks to the inspiration and creativity of board members during the past twenty years, several fund-raisers have contributed significantly to the fund.
The Evergreen Event was developed by Sue Daniel and co-chaired for many years with Carlos Fuentes. It was designed to be a unifying activity for the two communities. The unique display of individually decorated Christmas trees held in the Presbyterian Fellowship Hall became an established part of the holiday season for over ten years.
Several citizens who had contributed to education were honored at some of the events:
- 1989 – Hugo Kladivko
- 1990 – Vivian David
- 1991 – Joseph Vischetti
- 1992 – George & Sue Daniel
- 1993 – Virginia Wilson-Stanton
- 1994 – Jean Finlayson
- 1995 – Ralph & Natalie Gallagher
- 1996 – William & Yolanda Woldin
- 1997 – Carlos & Mary Fuentes
- 1998 – Philip Schuyler
The Evergreen Event moved to the Palmyra Gallery and Tea Room on Hamilton Street in 1997. In addition to a display of holiday exhibits, there were dinners, luncheons, receptions, and a talent night featuring students from the two boroughs. The activities were designed to appeal to all age groups. A selection of decorative wreaths was added to the silent auction in 1998. Unfortunately, Hurricane Floyd destroyed the downtown area of Bound Brook in September of 1999, so activities planned to celebrate the holidays had to be cancelled.
The Evergreen Event of 2000 returned to the Presbyterian Fellowship Hall under the sponsorship of the Bound Brook Community Development Association. The proceeds benefited the Twin Boros Scholarship Foundation and the Bound Brook Educational Foundation. A second event was held in December 2001, providing the two communities with an opportunity to celebrate the beauty and magic of the holidays and supporting the two foundations.
The Foundation held a luncheon on February 6, 2001, at Madeline’s on Vosseller to celebrate “Moments in Time.” All enjoyed an interesting program on making and keeping scrapbooks of precious moments, and the proceeds benefited the scholarship fund.
On May 19, 2002, the Foundation sponsored the first Home & Garden Tour of Bound Brook. Under the leadership of Lynn Fazen and President Patricia Ostapovich, a committee of people who supported the goals of the foundation worked for several months to create a most successful day. More than 500 hundred people visited the beautiful homes and gardens.
A second successful Home and Garden Tour was held on May 16, 2004. Once again people enjoyed strolling along Watchung Avenue to visit other homes and gardens, and then stopped to enjoy lemonade and cookies on the porch of a beautiful Victorian house.