President's Welcome

Memorable Moments

Teen's Corner

About Jack and Jill

Jack and Jill of America is a membership organization of mothers with children ages 2-19, dedicated to nurturing future African-American leaders by strengthening children through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving and civic duty. Learn more...

Bergen-Passaic New Jersey Chapter

Executive Board

Zandra Perry Ogbomo

Lakreisha Montique Jean
Vice President

Leslie Wims-Morris
Yolonda Baker-Marshall
Program Directors

Carmen Vega-Mathis

Tiaa Allen
Recording Secretary

Keisha Ingram-Washington
Financial Secretary

Alicia Henderson
Corresponding Secretary

Alicia Rangel Haughton

Stacey St. Rose-Drayton
Foundation Chair

Stephanie Marshall Thompson

Dayna Freeman

Gervonn Rice

Eileen Finn
Patricia Nash

Zoe Washington
Teen President

About Us

Bergen-Passaic New Jersey Chapter

In 2013, the Bergen Passaic Chapter of Jack and Jill celebrated its 60th Anniversary. To honor the year and re-­‐confirm our commitment to community service, the Chapter hosted the “Starlit Gala” on Saturday, March 9th, 2013. The Gala honored New Jersey Senator-­‐elect, Cory A. Booker. A Bergen county native and graduate of this chapter, Booker received an award for his steadfast civic leadership as Mayor of Newark, New Jersey. The fundraiser was hosted by former CNN journalist Soledad O’Brien – now a media entrepreneur, with a special musical performance by the hit band Atlantic Starr. Over $30,000 was raised by over 450 guests to support the Jack and Jill Foundation, the Music Discovery Program at the Thurnauer School of Music, and the Center for Food Action.

At the National Convention in 1953, Bergen-Passaic Chapter, sponsored by the North Jersey Chapter became a full-fledged chapter of Jack and Jill. We had twelve members, one of whom was a father, Rev. Isaiah Bell, whose wife died during the year. Ellen Dickerson was our first president. The other founding members were: Edna Bullock, Marguerite Cordice, Nina Hardy, Virginia Lathan, Marguerite Miller, Irene Page, Louise Porter, Catherine Pen, Marian Thomas and Sara Washington.

Despite the fact that we were a very close-knit group during our first years, we had our ups and downs. Our local and national project was March of Dimes. The chapter’s first fundraising projects consisted of fish and chicken “frys.” Christmas 1957, Bergen- Passaic Chapter held its First Annual Dance. It was so successful that it became our fundraising project each year thereafter. A highlight of the chapter’s activities for the year is the annual picnic honoring the fathers of the chapter, which was held on Father’s Day in June. Today, however, we celebrate our fathers and husbands on the third Saturday in June, thus allowing families to continue their own family traditions on the traditional Father’s Day.

The children and teenagers’ activities have always been the core of our yearly programs. We have always kept in mind that they are the reason for the organization’s existence. In those early years, just as now, we went to museums and other cultural events. We developed skits and performed them at senior citizens’ homes; participated in service and educational projects which benefited the community. And each year, without fail, we honored our heritage with our Black History activities. Our past presidents are: Ellen Dickerson, Catherine Penn, Virginia Lathan, Marion Thomas, Dorothy Carter, Ernestine Johnson, Natalie Riley, Sadye White, Iris Bailey, Margaret Clark, Lydia Brown, Elnora Smith, Natalie Borum, Thelma Nunery, Erma Burrell, Madeline Austin, Lavonne Turner, Nellie Jenkins, Ann Guillory, Murshell Bland, Kathleen Dow, Tammy King, Althea Avery, Shirell Gross and Wendy Wilcox.

National History

Jack & Jill of America, Inc. was founded January 24, 1938 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from a meeting of 20 mothers by the leadership of Marion Stubbs Thomas with the idea of bringing together children in a social and cultural environment. In 1964, as more groups became active, bylaws were drawn up and incorporated under the laws of Delaware. The organization was a nonprofit family organization by mothers of children between the ages of 2 and 19 holding membership. Jack & Jill celebrated its 50th Golden Anniversary in January 1988. The organization continues on, dedicating its resources to improving the quality of life, particularly African-American children. In the first issue of Up the Hill, National Founder Marion Stubbs Thomas reflected on Jack and Jill’s first ten years.

“…When the first little group of us organized in January 1938, in Philadelphia, we were seeking to stimulate a social and cultural relationship between our children. When I contacted the mothers and suggested a meeting to discuss plans for (the) new club, they were all enthusiastic and responded in a manner, which was heartwarming. Little did we dream at the time that this idea, which was so important and inspiring, would grow to such proportions. As new members were welcomed, and then new chapters formed, the aims and ideals of Jack and Jill were strengthened, always with our children as the focal point. To us as mothers, it has become a means of furthering an inherent and natural desire – the desire to bestow upon our children all the opportunities possible for a normal and graceful approach to beautiful adulthood. It is intensely satisfying to predict a nationwide group of mothers and children bound together by similar interests and ideals. As we grow in numbers and achievements, may we always keep before us the lofty principles upon which Jack and Jill of America was founded.”

Regional History

Currently, the organization is divided into seven regions:

Central, Eastern, Far West, Mid-Atlantic, Mid-Western, South Central and Southeastern.

Each of the seven regions has three officers:
Regional Director, Regional Secretary-Treasurer and Foundation Member-At-Large, who are
responsible for providing continuity between the National Executive Board and the chapters in the respective regions. The Regional Officers are elected during the Biennial Regional Conferences, which convene on the odd numbered years following the National Convention.

Learn more about our Eastern Region of Jack and Jill of America and it's chapters.

Memorable Moments

Madinah Grier Day Community Service

Literary Luncheon

Black Family Day

Sr. Teen Events

Teen's Corner

Bergen-Passaic New Jersey Chapter

Teen Officers

Zoe Washington

Xavier Sweet
Vice President

Ragan Henderson
Recording Secretary

Loring River Bush
Corresponding Secretary

Dayna De Montagnac

Dylan Dow

Isaiah Mathis

Christopher Henry De Lagarde
Foundation Chair

Jullian Rice

Jaden Freeman

Christian Foreman
Legislative Chair

Sr. Teen Event Photos

General Admission - $30
Neon Package - $250 Sold Out

(plus a 4% online convenience fee)


RAIN Event Space
399 Water Street, Teaneck, NJ 07666
(201) 817-8100

Luncheon - $125
*Raffle Packs - 1/$25 | 3/$70 | 6/$100

(plus a 3% + $0.30 convenience fee)

Luncheon tickets available until
January 31, 2018
Raffle tickets available until
April 18, 2018

*Online purchased raffle tickets are offered at a special discounted price and will be available at the door on the day of the event for pick-up.

Raffle Gift Baskets

We have some great raffle baskets this year that may be won during our Literary Luncheon.
Don't forget to purchase your raffle tickets!

*Online purchased raffle tickets are offered at a special discounted price and will be available at the door on the day of the event for pick-up.

LOT #1: Family Fun Package

Basket's Value: $900

Turtleback Zoo: 1 Year Family MembershipBergen County Zoo: 1 Year Family MembershipAmerican Girl Doll & Book: Gabriela McBrideAmerican Girl: Berry Backpack Doll CarrierTiger Schulmann's Martial Arts Gift CardMicro Kickboard Scooter Fandago: Movie TicketsHappy Hello Shop Gift Card

LOT #2: Kids Entertainment

Basket Value: $1,300

All-New Fire HD 8 Kids EditionTablet 8” HD Display 32 GB, Kid Proof CaseApple iPad Mini 4 with WiFi 32GB with CaseGame Stop Gift CardBeats HeadphonesNintendo 3Ds Package (Game Console, Case, Games)Itunes Gift Card

Lot #3: Date Night

Basket Value: $1,350

iPic Movie Theatre Hudson Lights Fort Lee (Dine In Movie Theater)Steakhouse Restaurant Gift CardSparkling NYC Skyline Dinner Cruise for 2 Women's PurseApple Watch Series 2Uber/Lyft ServiceCash for Babysitting Services

LOT #4: Let's Get Cookin’

Basket Value: $900

Cooking classes Meal deliveryKeurig Coffee SystemKeurig Variety Pack K-Cups, 40 CountSupermarket Gift CardNinja Blender System

LOT #5: Look Good & Feel Better

Basket Value: $1,050

Serenity Skincare & Body WellnessDermatology Services at Bergen DermatologySephora Gift CardEveryHue Gift CardMoxie BlowDry & Beauty Bar Gift CardJR Coiffure in TeaneckWomen’s Briefcase

LOT #6: Fab Fit Fun

Basket Value: $750

Private Tennis lesson at Tenafly Racquet Club1 Golf Lesson at Paramus GolfBar Method Workout Classes Gift CardNike Gift Card

LOT #7: Wine & Dine

Basket Value: $600

Sofia Restaurant in EnglewoodWine/CognacWine GlassesCigars at Sofia Cigar Lounge Gift Card

E-Basket : (Non-Attendees Only)

Basket Value: $600

Gap Gift CardBest Buy Gift CardAmazon Gift CardSpa Finder Gift Card


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March for Babies

Save the Date
Plan to see you on April 29, 2018
at Darlington Park, Mahwah.

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