The Princeton Region News


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4/23/2017 Member News
West Windsor Arts Council recognizes Volunteers of the Year for national Volunteer Appreciation week April 23-39


Princeton Junction, NJ (April 1, 2017) – For a nonprofit organization one of the most valuable resources are volunteers. The West Windsor Arts Council is lucky to have the assistance of many giving individuals and each year makes sure they know how much they are appreciated by participating in national volunteer appreciation week, this year on April 23 -29. In addition to saying thank you to the nearly 100 volunteers who provide their time and energy doing everything from helping at events to serving on the board, the West Windsor Arts Council also awards annual Volunteer of the Year awards to a volunteer(s) who went above and beyond in service to the organization.

Image: Jennifer Connaughton (left) and Hetal Mistry (right) at WWAC’s gala fundraiser in 2016.

This year, Hetal Mistry and Jennifer Connaughton, both of West Windsor NJ, have been given the Volunteers of the Year award for their exemplary service in support of the arts. “We are so grateful to them for lending us their talent and effort, for their warmth and enthusiasm, and for all they continue to do for the arts in our community,” said Aylin Green, Executive Director.

Jennifer and Hetal were instrumental in the success of the annual gala fundraiser by exceeding all expectations in turning the art center into an artistic jazzy nightclub for the theme of a Speakeasy Soirée. The fundraiser raised over $17,000 in support of the arts and education programs for youth and adults offered by the arts center.

Jennifer is a fashion designer who has been leading the dynamic decorations team for the last three years. She is able to not only make every detail pop, but to stay in budget with an eye towards creative reuse of materials. She galvanizes other volunteers to get involved and donates many hours in advance of the event to ensure a spectacular result.

Hetal is an artist who volunteers on the exhibition committee and on the decor team along with Jennifer. Her hard work and prowess with a brush is well known to all as she paints beautiful backdrops and signage for the event. Hetal is also the committee lead for the upcoming Dharma in the 21st Century exhibition, which will be on view at the arts center May 8 - June 23. This exhibition will also support the Clean Ganga Fund. Hetal has done a wonderful job curating the exhibition, preparing marketing materials, and seeking sponsors to support the effort.

The West Windsor Arts Council welcomes members of the community to get involved by becoming a volunteer. For more information, visit

About the West Windsor Arts Council:

The West Windsor Arts Council’s mission is to provide professional quality community arts programming in order to support, educate, inspire, and promote the arts and art appreciation in the greater West Windsor community. Founded in 2002, the arts council opened the doors of the new West Windsor Arts Center as of September 25, 2010 in the historic Princeton Junction Firehouse at 952 Alexander Road, West Windsor, NJ 08550. For information on the West Windsor Arts Council and West Windsor Arts Center, please visit Office and gallery hours: Mon-Fri, 10 am-6 pm; Sat, 10 am-4 pm. Call 609.716.1931. Write

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