We will be participating in the Summit Street fair on August 18th. Come help us Inspire Kindness as we engage with the community and spread some love. We will have pins, hats, stickers and more. Come say hi! We look forward to sharing our mission with you soon!
Donate Life 5k Walk & USATF Certified Race
The Shine Brighter Foundation Team joined the NJ Sharing Network and spent the morning for a 5k Certified Race and Walk. Words can’t describe the energy and amazing event the Sharing Network, from New Providence, New Jersey hosts each year. More than 10,000 participants gather to honor those who gave, pay tribute to those who received, offer hope to those who continue to wait and remember the lives lost while waiting for the Gift of Life.
Hope you can join us at the New Providence 5k in 2020 and help us save more lives!
To Honor. To Remember. To Give Hope.
What a beautiful day filled with so much love and sunshine! Our group of 60+ people joined together for a day of planting, weeding, mulching and beautifying the 911 memorial and surrounding areas in New Providence, New Jersey. After the beautification project was finished, the Shine Brighter Team along with friends, family and volunteers, handed out 100 bouquets of flowers as a random act of kindness and asked that the recipients pay it forward in some way. The smiles and surprised reactions were priceless.
Thank you to all the dedicated volunteers, we truly appreciate each and every one of you.
We had an incredible day spreading love at our first Red Bank Street Fair. A huge thank you to our new and old friends who stopped by to say hello and support. We handed out 50 bouquets of flowers and saw people holding them all around downtown Red Bank for the rest of the day. We can’t wait to return!
Thank you to our special friends and volunteers that worked at the Buttonball Vendor Fair this year. We are so appreciative for your hard work and enthusiasm while spreading love on behalf of the Shine Brighter Foundation. The children and adults did a super job writing what they believe Kindness is….
Thanks again and we look forward to being back in Connecticut next year for an event.
The CT Shine Brighter team had a great weekend spreading our message of kindness at Glastonbury’s Apple Harvest Festival. The rain and cold on Saturday didn’t dampen the team’s spirits as they spread love to the many that braved the rain. Sunday brought better weather and hundreds of people stopping by learning about our foundation and signing our “Kindness Is” canvas.
A young woman bought a WearOne/ShareOne pin and asked to pay it forward to the next person that wanted one. This beautiful gesture was continued by 26 people and brought unexpected smiles to the recipients. Another vendor brought a gift of roses to our booth. Victoria split them up and gave to a woman that said she never gets flowers, that woman felt special and shared a gift back. Most important was being able to share our foundation’s mission of inspiring and empowering people to spread love through random acts of kindness. Children and adults listened and learned that random acts of kindness don’t have to cost anything.
Thanks again to Brandon, Victoria, Steve, Nicki, Angelina and Monica!
Team Shine Brighter had 51 participants this year running or walking the New Jersey Sharing Network 5K in New Providence, New Jersey. Courtney would have been so proud of all her family and friends. Some were running a 5K for the first time! Next year we hope to have an even bigger team honoring and celebrating all the donors and recipients.
Thanks to those of you who came to join our extended family as we honored Courtney!
What a beautiful and busy day cleaning up Oakwood Park in New Providence, New Jersey. A group of 76 volunteers weeded, mulched, planted and laid bricks to beautify the park for the towns residents and visiting teams. After hours of working we split up into over 10 groups and surprised random people with a 100 bouquets of flowers. The surprise and smiles on the faces of the recipients was priceless!
By MARIANNE IVERS
April 28, 2017 at 2:49 PM
Courtney's family members and friends at last year's gathering. Credits: Courtesy of Jeanne Lawton
NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – A borough resident is spearheading a community Day of Service in memory of her niece Courtney Wilczewski, who died tragically at the age of 22. The event is scheduled for May 13 and it is organized by Jeanne Lawton, Courtney ‘s maternal aunt.
Courtney passed away from injuries sustained in an auto accident in Connecticut two years ago on May 26, 2015. She was a graduate of Providence College and planned a career in the medical field. According to Lawton she was a generous person who worked with special needs children. One time when still at college Courtney went to the local grocery store and found the cashier in a bad mood. In order to brighten the cashier’s bad day Courtney brought her a bouquet of flowers. This event depicts the essence of Courtney’s being – a person with a big heart always willing to help others.
This act of kindness sparked her large extended family and friends to create a Facebook page “Spread Love and Honor for Court” as well as to give back to people and the community. The group organized its first community service event in Garden City, Long Island last year.
This year the group of approximately 50 family members and friends will come to New Providence to clean-up and “beautify” the downtown area. The group will also hold a bingo match for senior citizens at the DeCorso Community Center from 10:30-12:30. All seniors are welcome, Lawton said. There will be prizes as well. At noon the group will begin their downtown clean-up work. The team will be wearing matching shirts. While the family and friends are still recovering from their tremendous loss, the event helps them to heal and keep Courtney’s memory alive.