The Montclair organization is hosting a fun night to raise money for the community

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Montclair Mutual Aid, a local network that raises money to help people going through difficult times, will host a silent disco fundraiser on Thursday, October 6 from 7-11 p.m. at the Wellmont Theater.

For the event, three different channels broadcasting a variety of musical genres will be broadcast. Participants can choose from the channels of their wireless headphones without affecting what others hear in their headphones.

When attendees put on their headphones, they will be contributing to help those in need, who will be helped by the proceeds of the event.

Montclair Mutual Aid was created at the start of the pandemic as community members began to express their physical and financial needs. It has since grown into an organization that raises money to help Montclairians who need help with rent, childcare, food, or other basic necessities.

Network members like to refer to themselves as the “middle person” who connects those who have a need to those who are able to meet it. When a heat wave hit New Jersey last summer, Montclair Mutual Aid provided more than 20 air conditioning units for those who don’t have one.

“Solidarity is not charity,” said member Madeline Gale Spencer.

After raising just over $4,000 at an online art auction last year, the organization has recruited more local businesses and small businesses. Pharmacy Bar + Kitchen will partner with The Bitter Dash, a mobile bar, for an outdoor cocktail space with specialty cocktails designed exclusively for the fundraiser.

In addition to giving by purchasing tickets to the event, those who attend will have the opportunity to receive. Local businesses including Ani Ramen, The Wine Guys and DollyMoo have provided gift cards for a raffle that will take place at the silent nightclub.

In addition to disco, drinks and dancing, attendees can view art curated by Armando “OUTthere” Diaz. When audiences need a refresher from the tunes DJ Rebexx and DJ Butta will be playing through their headphones, they can catch live painting demonstrations by artists Suliman Onque and Kim Raison.

Montclair Mutual Aid says her evening of fun will help others in times of need.

“When you support people in need, it comes back by strengthening your community,” said Reubena Gale Spencer, member.

Tickets, which include admission and headphones, are available on line; type Montclair Mutual Aid on eventbrite.com. The cost is $20 before September 24 and $25 after.

Specially prepared cocktail passes will be available for purchase when purchasing a ticket online. Pharmacy Bar + Kitchen will also be open for people to purchase drinks inside.

Proceeds from the event will go toward acts of service that Montclair Mutual Aid does for the community.

Founding member Aminah Toler likes to remind people that Montclair Mutual Aid is a “helping hand, not a handout”.
Montclair Mutual Aid encourages those who attend to put on their best “boogie” outfit and dance for a good cause.

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