Surprise The Struggling Hosts Surprise Dinner Party For Star Bright Family Center

Press Release


December 11, 2017, Brooklyn, New York—This Holiday season, Surprise the Struggling Inc., Gift Giving Extravaganza will be a Surprise Holiday Dinner for 380 people (100 families) at the Star Bright Family Center in Brooklyn, New York. Festivities take place on December 16, 2017, from 2 PM – 6 PM.

In its second full year of service, Surprise the Struggling, Inc. is gearing up for one of its momentous end of the year Holiday Surprise Parties. Executive Director, Dr. Jacquelyn Wilson and #SurpriseTheStruggling staff and its Ambassadors, plan, host, and execute several functions throughout the calendar year to help surrounding communities, as well as several global communities, in addition to their philanthropic endeavors each day of the week.

#SurpriseTheStruggling™, INC. is a 501 c 3 organization that aids those in both local and global communities that are in need. Their primary consumers are the less fortunate, homeless women, and teen girls. Yet, their reach is far extending, including men, children, and families.


A Surprise Holiday Dinner

This Saturday’s surprise event will be a day of celebration, fine dining, and surprise gift giving for all the residents of Star Bright Family Center. #STS desires to surprise these hard-working individuals and families, encouraging them this holiday season with a surprise dinner with all the trimmings to celebrate their milestones and in recognition for all the hard work they are doing to change their life circumstances.

Thanks to generous sponsors and donors, all 380 residents of Star Bright Family Center, in Brooklyn, New York will experience a catered Holiday meal with all the trimmings, including dessert. In addition to the very special meal, #STS and Executive Director, Dr. Wilson, will be surprising residents with gifts for the Holiday season.

Surprise the Struggling extends its gratitude to the following businesses who are sponsoring the Surprise Holiday Celebration for more than one hundred families in need. Johnrue Publishing, Street Corner Resources, Eloquent Essentials, A Stairway to Hope Inc., Cakes By Coley, AP World, Level Up Connections, Miiz Misha’s World of Empowerment, Exodus DJ Ron Coleman, SPCBC, The Event Strategist, and Chief Brooklyn #STSGLOBAL Ambassadors Charlene Stewart and Ebony Johnson. Profound gratitude and appreciation are given to these wonderful corporations and individuals who have made this year’s Giving Extravaganza possible.

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STS Gears Up For Its Inaugural Anniversary Celebration

Local Human Services Organization #SurpriseTheStruggling Inc. Celebrates Its 1st Anniversary
Surprise The Struggling to Celebrate Its First Year With a Gala Featuring Keynote Speaker Iesha Sekou and Celebrity Guest Speaker, Actress, and Humanitarian, Hayley Gripp.

STATEN ISLAND, NY—January 30, 2017—JRUEPRLIAISON The first Annual Celebration for #SurpriseTheStruggling, Inc. being held on Saturday, February 4th located in Staten Island, NY at the American Legion on McClean Avenue, is a gala event to celebrate and highlight the success, diligence, and hard work of the human services organization’s staff, ambassadors, and volunteers this past year. A catered dinner, specialty drinks, and honors with special guests will highlight the evening’s affair.

Surprise The Struggling, Inc. has made a huge impact in the area of human services this past year. STS, 501c3 nonprofit organization major consumers are homeless women and teen girls. Throughout the year, under the guidance of its founder and Executive Director, Dr. Jacquelyn Wilson—staff, ambassadors, and volunteers have managed to secure and donate over 5,000+ bags and purses filled with toiletries. The items donated and given to various homeless women and teen girls, in addition to hosting surprise baby showers, birthday parties, back to school parties, and off to college parties for those in shelters and in need.

The special program part of the evening will be hosted by CEO and motivational speaker, Keisha Christie, founder of Level Up Connections Special guest speaker for the evening will be American actress, humanitarian, author, and activist, Hayley Gripp

For its inaugural gala, STS is honored to have, Iesha Sekou, as their Keynote Speaker. An educator and senior activist, Ms. Sekou is CEO and founder of Street Corner Resources. She is the host of WHCR 90.3 FM “The Voice of Harlem” Monday morning radio show, Street Corner Resources Live

The night’s overall event—that is expecting 80 guests, and some very special VIP’s, who will be honored during the night’s celebration—is being hosted by POYED by Velvette, Pinking of YOU Events & Design, LLC. Special thanks to, Velvette Mattison-Batson, I.E.W.P of POYED by Velvette for also donating event planning and coordination services for the STS One Year Anniversary Celebration.

STS gives special thanks and acknowledges all of their Sponsors that made the upcoming gala a possibility. Without the generosity and support—not just for this Saturday’s coming event but also throughout the year—Surprise The Struggling would not have been able to help so many. Gratitude is extended to those who donated in person and online at the website, both monetarily and materially.

Continuing their thanks: to Mitchell BG Harper, for the event space to hold the gala; to Lisa Sumpter and Linda Sumpter of Sister Prison Wives BFF,, for Auction Baskets to raise funds for the upcoming STS calendar year. To local caterer, Leonard Bishop of, A Family Affair Party Planners & Catering, for providing and creating an unforgettable and dynamic dining experience for the guests to enjoy. Thanks to videographer and photographer, Gregory Thomas, for providing special photography for the gala. Thanks to, Edna Lugo of, Cocktail Vixens,, for creating a signature cocktail for the evening and providing mobile bartending services. For table design and centerpieces, thanks to Chanae Duncan of Eye Imagine Everything. Thank you, Balloons Décor, B For all Occasion of Brooklyn, for providing decorations and backdrops. Thank you, Wanda Edwards, of A Walk in Her Shoes,, for the provision of special material, Ruthe McDonald of Johnrue Publishing for copywriting and PR services. Gratitude is extended to, DJ Ron C of Exodus Entertainment, for providing the evening’s music and Minnie G’s Cupcakery for providing dessert. To local business, Roc A Natural and from California, Sumbody Skincare, for providing toiletries and body products for gift baskets to be given away. Special thanks to, Lucinda Cross, at and Nichole Bailey of for sponsoring attendees. Also, thanks to, Eloquent Essentials for their invaluable contributions. Very special thanks to the volunteers for that day, whose dedication and diligence are applauded. Also, to the following proprietors of the local community for their generosity: Stop N Shop groceries, Columbia Meat Market, Kohl’s, BJ’s Wholesale, Staples, Target, and Shoprite.

The continued support and generosity of partners, sponsors, donors, ambassadors, and volunteers has helped make Surprise The Struggling’s first year of service a phenomenal year of unbelievable achievements and success. STS—through their Ambassador program—were able to achieve their #STSGLOBAL campaign goal by reaching Canada, Haiti, Africa, and Jamaica. They are looking forward to an even greater year ahead and years to come.

There are a few tickets still available to the public. Please check the website for information.

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