March 22, 2016

Centenary University’s Event Management Class Organizes a Family Fun Day and Dance-A-Thon for Smiles for Margaret

03/22/2016, 04:25 PM

Hackettstown, N.J. – The Event Management class at Centenary University will be hosting a Family Fun Day and Dance-a-Thon for the local charity Smiles for Margaret from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on April 17, 2016 at Donaldson Farms. The Dance-a-thon will include a variety of music provided by DJ Vinny.  For those focusing on family fun, there will be a bounce house and D2W Pro Wrestling matches.  Pocono Raceway will be bringing a pacecar and mascot and Somerset Patriots will have their mascot Sparky in tow. Children can also participate in face painting and pony rides (weather permitting). Local food vendors will also be in attendance. The price for this event is free, but there will be face painting for $1, $2 for the bounce house, and $3 for pony rides.

Donations are suggested in order to participate in the Dance-a-thon.  Music that will be played will include hip hop, dance, country and music from the bands One Direction and Big Time Rush, which were Margaret Walling’s favorite bands.

Smiles for Margaret was formed for Margaret Walling, age 12 of Hackettstown, N.J. Margaret was born July 13, 2001 and passed away from a brain tumor on December 28, 2013. After Margaret’s death, Smiles for Margaret was incorporated and a 501c3 founded by Donna (Murphy) Walling & Christopher Walling, Margaret’s parents. Christopher and Donna’s mission is to help other families with children with cancer, as they were helped when they needed it.   For more information about Smiles for Margaret, please contact

“I would like to thank Professor David Perricone, Donaldson Farms and the Centenary students for holding this event,” says Donna Walling.  “I hope that members from the community will join us at Donaldson Farms and we can raise some funds for some other families who are in need.”

For more information about the event, please contact David Perricone 908-852-1400 ext. 2357

Donaldson Farms, located at 358 Allen Road Hackettstown, N.J., has been helping to keep the Hackettstown area green and healthy for over 100 years. The Northern New Jersey farm features hundreds of acres of fruits and vegetables, pumpkin picking strawberry picking, farm education, group/private tours, birthday parties, corporate events and more. The Farm Market offers a full line of fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, fresh baked pies, their own jam, jellies, sauces, salsa, soups, local honey and honey products and so much more.

“The Donaldson family and staff are looking forward to hosting this fun filled family event on our farm,” says Katie Donaldson of Donaldson Farms.  “We live in such a caring and supportive community.  I am sure we will see lots of familiar faces (and dancing feet) in support of Smiles for Margaret.  We encourage everyone to check out their website to learn what they are all about and how it benefits our community.”

Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary University’s academic program integrates a solid liberal arts foundation with a strong career orientation. This mix is designed to provide an educational experience that prepares students to succeed in the increasingly global and interdependent world.

Centenary University’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township (Morris County).  The Centenary University School of Professional Studies offers degree programs in two locations: Parsippany and Edison, and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey.  The School of International Programs recruits international students for study at Centenary and Centenary students for study abroad.

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