Montclair Local and the Weirdo Party present the Halloween Silent Disco to Save Montclair Local on Oct. 31 at Glenfield Park. (PHOTOS VIA UNSPLASH)

By LOUIS C. HOCHMAN
hochman@montclairlocal.news

UPDATE: Several generous people have offered to buy tickets to the Silent Disco for families that might otherwise not be able to attend! If your family could benefit from a provided ticket, or you’d like to buy one on behalf of another family yourself, contact toler@montclairlocal.news.

We couldn’t be more grateful. We put out the call to help Save Montclair Local, and you’ve been coming through. Now … it’s time to party.

We want you to join Montclair Local Nonprofit News and Armando “OUTthere” Diaz of the Weirdo Party for the Halloween Silent Disco to Save Montclair Local. If you’ve ever been to a Weirdo Party Silent Disco before, you know the drill — show up, rent a pair of headphones and dance the night away as DJ REBEXX, DJ Butta and DJ G Silva send the music right to your ears.

We’ll be at Glenfield Park Halloween night, Oct. 31 from 6 to 9 p.m. Come after trick-or-treating! Costumes aren’t required, but they sound like fun to us.

SAVE MONTCLAIR LOCAL: We're overjoyed to report we've hit our fundraising goal of $230,000 this quarter for Montclair Local Nonprofit News! Montclair has stepped up to say local news matters, and we're hugely grateful. That gives our newsroom, your newsroom, security to operate well into 2022 while we continue to work toward long-term sustainability. We've seen what happens when news operations cut back or shut down. Communities suffer. We've seen it here in Montclair, and we believe you deserve better.

Visit MontclairLocal.news/donations to make your tax-deductible contribution today, to keep Montclair Local strong and help us do even more to serve the amazing community of Montclair.

It’s $25 for an individual, or $50 for a family of up to four. Max attendance is 75 people, so get your payment in ASAP: You can send it via Cash App $jsharif2329, via Venmo to PopupNDance or use the form here at MontclairLocal.news, under “Montclair Local Events” (See the bottom of this post). Give us a heads up you’re coming with a Facebook RSVP.

We’re working on getting some great vendors in place too; more to come on that soon. Interested in joining us as a vendor? Email toler@montclairlocal.news right away.

All proceeds will go to Save Montclair Local — our campaign to raise $230,000 between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31 of this year for our nonprofit newsroom. It’s a big number, and an urgent one: That’s what it’ll take to put us on firm footing heading into 2022, and be able to continue to deliver the news you value so much. We’ve seen what happens when commercial newsrooms cut back or close down. We’ve seen it happen in Montclair. But democracy suffers when journalism goes away — we believe the community is at its best when it’s informed. Your donations help us do that. Go to MontclairLocal.news/donations to contribute at any time.

And we have some big, big thanks to share — as we’ve surpassed a major milestone of $100,000 in fundraising this quarter. As of the start of this week, we’re at $103,000.

We had a fantastic time with 4 Flavors Art Gallery & Framing on Wednesday, Oct 20, at an opening night reception for works by graffiti artist Sen2 Figueroa. Don’t miss his amazing work — the exhibition will be on view through Oct. 31. 4 Flavors generously offered to donate 10% of all proceeds to Montclair Local that night, and all of its recommended $75 “ticket” proceeds. Between that and direct donations, Montclair Local received more than $2,200 that evening, while we enjoyed some remarkable art. Be sure to get to 204 Bellevue Ave. in Montclair before the exhibition wraps up to see it for yourself.

We were also proud to be platinum sponsors of AAPI Montclair’s Light Up Montclair, a celebration of Diwali put on in partnership with the Montclair Art Museum. It was a beautiful day, full of music, dancing, delicious food, education and connection-building between Montclair’s Asian American and Pacific Islander residents and the larger overall community of Montclair.

In under three hours, 26 people who came by our table donated to Montclair Local Nonprofit News, renewing or starting new memberships (which, incidentally, get the paper delivered to your house every Thursday). In all, we collected about $2,500 in contributions.

And then beyond that — so many people have been coming to MontclairLocal.news/donations this past week, to make contributions large and small alike. We’re so thankful for each of them.

We have a long way to go before we hit $230,000 — but this has been an amazing start. Thank you so much, Montclair. We’re proud to serve you, and humbled that you’re showing us the support we need to continue to do so.

Donate now to Save Montclair Local