After a successful run of the original drama, Arana in March, the Millburn High School Drama Club is back to work on its final presentation for the school year. As she has done for nine years, club advisor Suzanne Snyder will be working closely with about 25 drama club members to educate and raise money for people living with AIDS/HIV.
Since 2002, Snyder has run the fundraiser Millburn Cares to raise awareness for the AIDS/HIV cause. The students use their talent to attract friends and family in hopes of raising money.
For six years the money went to Broadway Cares: Equity Fights AIDS, a national organization based in New York City. By chance, Ms. Snyder and the president of the drama club at that time, Emily Hughes, connected with Broadway House at one of the club fairs at the high school. Over the last 3 1/2 years, they have formed a very special relationship.
The students and Snyder are collecting donations through June. After raising $300 during Arana's production, they are looking to raise more money to send to Broadway House for Continuing Care in Newark -- New Jersey's only special care facility for people living with AIDS. The club raised close to $1,100 for Broadway House last year and would like to at least raise $900 more before they visit Broadway House to perform in mid-June.
If you would like to help, please send donations in c/o Ms. Suzanne Snyder/English Department at Millburn High School, 462 Millburn Avenue Millburn, NJ 07041. For more information, call 973-564-7130, ext. 455, Checks can be made payable to Broadway House for Continuing Care.