Umanitarism 2 - Banca de alimente 2009

Umanitarism 2 -  Banca de alimente 2010

Acela ce s-a nascut cu suflet de artist simte profund durerile omenesti...
     De aceea isi foloseste darul alinand suferintele altora, prin arta sa

Margareta Paslaru

 

 

 

 

 

 

Margareta Paslaru si grupul Allegretto - condus de Adriana Codreanu - canta pe scena Palatului Parlamentului cu ocazia Zilei Universale a Drepturilor Copilului.

                                                                                                                                     Foto:Silviu Covaci

Sursa: METROPOTAM - 20 Noiembrie, 2008 

Spectacole: Ziua Universala a Copilului

Comitetul National Roman pentru Drepturile Copilului (Conventia ONU) va invita sa participati la spectacolul festiv organizat cu ocazia  “Zilei Universale a Copilului" la Sala Rosetti a Camerei Deputatilor din cadrul Palatului Parlamentului, Intrarea Izvor.Isi dau concursul : Dumitru Gheorghiu, tenor Opera de Stat Chisinau,  formatia corala Te Deum Laudamus a Patriarhiei , condusa de domnul prof.univ. Dan Mihai Goia, clasa de clarinet si saxofon condusa de dl. asistent univ.Gachi Razvan Petru, Oliver Popa, Lucia Matei (absolventi Conservator), eleva Fatma Salman, Alin Vaduva, formatia Alegretto a Palatului National al Copiilor, cu participarea extraordinara a doamnei Margareta Paslaru.

 

Prin firma sa "M"Soul Production, Margareta Paslaru a oferit asistentă materială urmatoarelor organizatii: Crucea Rosie Română; UNICEF(pentru orfelinate); M.A.D.I.R, The Balkan Relief; UNITER - Casa Actorului Matur; Overlook Hospital; 4 burse timp de doi ani la Academia de Teatru si Cinematografie din Bucuresti; Spitalul de boli infectioase(SIDA) Matei Bals; Sindicatul artistilor liberi profesionisti din România; Leslie Hawke "Gata, Dispus si Capabil" la Bacau; Tsunami relief; victimele inundatiilor din Romania, Katrina relief.




AZI - 22 Noiembrie - 2007

 
Gest umanitar 

Margareta Pâslaru va lansa, mâine, în cadrul Târgului Gaudeamus, DVD-ul "Margareta Pâslaru în beneficiul copiilor". Evenimentul va avea loc la ora 13.00, la standul TVR Media. DVD-ul contine o selectie din cântecele artistei. Încasarile din vânzarea lui vor fi donate UNICEF. Acest DVD poate fi comandat la www.tvrmedia.ro

 


 



22/09/2007 
EVENIMENTUL ZILEI va recomanda: 


Margareta Paslaru canta pentru batrani

Crucea Rosie. TVR 1 difuzeaza astazi, de la 20.10, Gala Crucea Rosie, un teledon care va aduna personalitati din diferite domenii, in scopul de a strange fonduri pentru pensionarii asistati social. Printre invitatii Galei, prezentata de Andreea Marin, se numara Margareta Paslaru, Stela Popescu, Maria Dragomiroiu, Rodica Popescu Bitanescu, George Ivascu sau Sofia Vicoveanca.


Foto Aurel Baboi





Compozitia Margaretei Paslaru "Bunicii mei" (muzica si text) orchestrata de Mircea Dragan, a fost interpretata la teledonul Crucii Rosii Romane.
 
In imagine, grupul Allegretto al Palatului 
Copiilor din Bucuresti si Margareta Paslaru


CRONICA ROMANA - Vineri, 6 Aprilie 2007

Maia Morgenstern si Margareta Paslaru au impartit ajutoare familiilor nevoiase

Actrita Maia Morgenstern si cantareata Margareta Paslaru au impartit ajutoare in valoare de 6.000 de lei familiilor nevoiase, miercuri seara, in spectacolul “Eleganta, Ordine si Umanitate’’, organizat in colaborare cu Ministerul Administratiei si Internelor si asociatia “Hraniti copiii’’. In cadrul evenimentului, 60 de cadre de politie (ofiteri, subofiteri, jandarmi) din Politia Capitalei, IGP, Jandarmerie si studenti ai Academiei de Politie au defilat in fata celor prezenti. Vedeta paradei a fost sportiva Elisabeta Lipa care a defilat in uniforma de chestor, gradul in care a fost inaintata in urma cu ceva timp. Show-ul, care a fost unul caritabil, a adus ajutoare in valoare de 6.000 de lei, ce au fost donate familiilor nevoiase. Acestea au fost inmanate si de cateva vedete printre care, Maia Morgenstern si Margareta Paslaru.



ProTV Magazin - Profil - 12 Februarie, 2007
Andreea Groza
(Fragment)

(...)
Gala UNICEF va fi asadar destinata copiilor, dar e gîndita ca un joc pentru oamenii mari.
Le multumesc prietenilor UNICEF care au oferit sprijinul lor pentru gala care se apropie:
Maia Morgenstern, Alina Cojocaru, Ilie Nastase, Cristian Topescu, Ion Tiriac, Doina Levintza,
Margareta Paslaru, Nadia Comaneci. Numele lor sînt un îndemn pentru românii care pot reda
zîmbetul copiilor defavorizati pe 17 februarie, alaturi de noi. De asemenea, invitata speciala
este Nana Mouskouri.


CRONICA ROMANA - Marti 19 Decembrie 2006

Cultura - Stirea zilei

Margareta Paslaru, voluntar al Crucii Rosii

Margareta Paslaru a fost, ieri, in mijlocul copiilor din Sectorul 1, la Pomul de Craciun organizat de Filiala Sectorului 1 a Societatii Nationale de Cruce Rosie (SNCR) din Romania, in calitate de voluntar al acestei organizatii. “In anul 2000 am initiat un program de colecta de fonduri pentru Crucea Rosie, avand ca deviza «O suta pentru un suflet», care consta in amenajarea de puncte de colectare in marile magazine”, a declarat pentru ROMPRES interpreta de muzica usoara. Ea a mentionat ca doreste sa reia programul din 2000 si are in vedere noi proiecte, cum ar fi “Banca alimentara”, tot impreuna cu Crucea Rosie. “Cand am fost primita ca voluntar mi-am propus sa ma implic cu adevarat in aceasta activitate, careia fiecare dintre noi ar trebui sa-i dedice macar o ora”, a spus Margareta Paslaru. Ea a precizat ca fondurile din vanzarile recentului sau CD, lansat in luna noiembrie, revin Crucii Rosii Romane. “Fiecare disc vandut va ajuta un suflet necajit”, a mai spus solista.



Margareta Paslaru impartind jucarii si dulciuri la 
orfelinatul "Casa Maicii Domnului" din  Cluj-Napoca (2005) 
Fotografie realizata de Dorin Panu
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Margareta la Casa Bambi din Tarlageni (Brasov) 2006

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Margareta Paslaru la casa de copii din 
Bucuresti (1999)

Margareta si fiica sa Ana Maria la casa de copii prescolari Sfanta Maria din Bucuresti (2000)

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Margareta Paslaru la orfelinatul din Cluj (1996)


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Margareta Paslaru la orfelinatul din 
Brasov (1997)

Dl  Nicoara, Presedintele Consiliului National de Cruce Rosie, prezinta Margaretei  Paslaru titlul de Membru de Onoare in  semn de adanca recunostinta pentru serviciile aduse cauzei  nobile a umanismului, pentru slujirea cu devotament a  Misiunii fundamentale a Crucii Rosii Romane -2000


Margareta Paslaru devine Membru de Onoare UNICEF -1996
pentru promovarea artei muzicale romanesti si a protectiei copilului.



Star flash (fragment)
28 Octombrie 2006

Crucea Rosie pentru vedete. Locuitorii comunei Brazi, judetul Prahova, vor avea 
parte de o surpriza placuta, la inceputul saptamanii viitoare.
Margareta Paslaru, Mihaela Radulescu, Mona Nicolici si Mariana Gheorghe (director 
general Petrom) vor fi „voluntari pentru o zi” in cadrul „Campaniei de pregatire pentru 
dezastre” a Crucii Rosii Romane.


ADEVARUL - 12 Septembrie 2006 

Picturi pe faţă, desene pe asfalt şi demonstraţii
de prim ajutor la "Serbările Crucii Roşii". (fragment)                                                                                   '
de DeliaCHILIANU 
                                                                                                                        

(
...) Au avut loc şi demonstraţii de prim ajutor. "Încercăm să explicăm fiecărei persoane, indiferent de vârstă, cum să dea prim ajutor, cum sa intervină până la sosirea ambulanţei", ne-a spus medicul Maria Berghian.                       '
La eveniment au venit şi arhiepiscopul Târgoviştei, Nifon Mihăiţă, presedintele Crucii Roşii Române, dar şi Margareta Pîslaru, membru  de onoare al Crucii Roşii. 

 
Omul zilei - Margareta Paslaru
28 august 2006

Varsta: 63 de ani

Margareta Paslaru s-a reintalnit zilele acestea cu admiratorii sai la Teatrul de Vara din Mamaia, cu ocazia lansarii a doua CD-uri 
cu compilatii realizate de Casa de Discuri Electrecord. Cele doua albume intitulate "Margareta Best Of" si "40 de ani de la primul 
disc" contin slagare nemuritoare, precum "Lasa-mi, toamna, pomii verzi", "Pasarile", "Chemarea marii". Potrivit cantaretei, 
banii obtinuti din vanzarea celor doua CD-uri vor fi donati in totalitate sinistratilor care si-au pierdut casele in timpul inundatiilor 
din acest an. Pentru lansarea celor doua albume si pentru gestul nobil de a dona banii obtinuti din vanzarea acestora oamenilor 
defavorizati de soarta, Jurnalul National o declara pe gloria muzicii romanesti din anii '60-'70, Margareta Paslaru, "Omul zilei".

Sursa: Jurnalul National



J
une 1st, International Children's Day in the US

To order send a check to:
"M"Soul Productions, P.O. BOX 301 
Summit, NJ - 07902 -0301 
Value: $ 10 plus $ 2, handling - mailing.

Also, the CDs are available at Scotti's Music Shops in: Summit, Madison, Gillette, Morristown, for $10.

Proceeds are donated to Music Camp Fund for the needy children, through Summit Area Public Foundation.

21 songs from around the world dedicated to June 1st International Children's Day. 
Among them,  the title song "Our Day, Children's Day" was composed by Margareta Paslaru.

The Independent Press  
May 21, 2003

INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S DAY HAS CONNECTIONS TO SUMMIT( excerpts)


SUMMIT - Now in its third year, International Children's Day will be hosted at the Summit Area YMCA, 67 Maple St., on Sunday, June 1st. This year, Brayton Elementary School at the corner of Tulip Street and Ashland Road has been designated to represent the fourth grade. Principal Cheryl Moretz said, "It should be very exciting." A school poster contest\ produced a winner, Joe Weils, whose design of a tree of life represents the connection among all people. The founder of the International Children's Day in Summit, Margaret Paslaru, said in an interview, "Children see the world through such innocent eyes. Their drawings are wonderful, with doves and messages of peace and people holding hands. It's amazing how creative children are." Ms. Paslaru said she sees children of the world as building "bridges of friendship". A cornucopia of activities include art, music, sport and games, all designed for families and children. At 10 a.m. Friday, May 30, the Brayton School Chorus will perform "Our Day, Children's Day" during the Summit public's Memorial Day ceremonies on the Village Grenn. The song was written by Ms. Paslaru.

At 3:30pm that day, opening festivities of the International Children's Day Art Exchange will be held at NJCVA. The Global exhibition includes selections of children's art from the Janney Elementary School in Washington, D.C. Summit's "sister city" for 2003. Ms. Paslaru said Kathy Keenan a parent at Janney Elementary, has stepped forward as chairwoman of the Washington event. On the global front, children's art from London, England; Calcutta, India; Jerusalem, Israel; and Transylvania, Romania; will be displayed. An added flourish this year was a recent visit from The Reverend Alpar Kiss of Transylvania. According to a member of The Unitarian Church in Summit, Rev. Kiss had been a fan of Ms. Paslaru's when she was an artist and performer in Romania. When he arrived in Summit, he brought 10 children's drawings with him to be a part of the exhibit. The Unitarian Church in Summit has had a partnership with the Unitarian Church in Transylvania for 10 years.

Mayor Walter Long of Summit and Mayor Anthony A. Williams of Washington, D.C. are honorary chairmen of the event. The art exhibit can be seen from May 30 to June 7. From 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 31, Dance Innovations members will perform at the Women's Club in Maplewood to benefit Rainbows of Summit, which provides counseling to children who are grieving. The "Kids for Kids" performance will include choreographed dancing with flags to Ms. Paslaru's original song, "Our Day, Children's Day." During the weekend of May 31, houses of worship will offer prayers for the children of the world. Although International Children's Day has been celebrated world-wide, starting in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1925, the event has long been neglected in this country, according to organizers.

Under Ms.Paslaru's leadership, the event grew from Summit to include proclamations by San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown in 2001 and 2002 and in Washington by Mayor Anthony Williams in 2002 and 2003. Through the efforts of Mayor Long, proclamations have been issued by more than 20 state governors. Co-Chairs for the celebration are Common Councilwomen Joyce Margie and P. Kelly Hatfield of Summit, Sally Ponzio and Kathy DiFiore of New Providence and Susan McCutcheon Coutts of Dance Innovations in Chatham. Also volunteering are Angela Jelesco of Champaign, III., and Gwen Loiacono of Wilmington, N.C. Ms.Paslaru said Phil Lindabury a trustee at Summit Free Public Library, designed the program for the event, and Millie Cooper and Eric Pryor on behalf of the N.J.Center for Visual Arts offered the facility to display the children's artwork. Activities will be videotaped for the "Human Mosaics" programon TV36 and Comcast Channel 57. Call Ms. Paslaru at "M"Soul Productions at 273-4729 for details.

By Liz Keill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summit Observer, Echo Leader
Thursday, April 1, 2004

Legislators, volunteers help  give Children's Day 
jump start


At the kick-of event to the International Children's Day celebration, planed for June 1, organizers and participants gathered to discuss their plans. From rear left are Margarita Paslaru of Summit, Michael Knowlton, superintendent of schools; former Councilwoman Joyce Margie and Franklin School Principal Sheila  Cole.  From front left are Sen. Thomas Kean Jr. and Assemblymen Jon Bramnick and Eric Munoz.


LUMEA LIBERA
New York - 6 Iunie - 2003

ZIUA COPILULUI LA PALATUL ELISABETA (fragment)


 Aflam dintr-o corespondenta sosita la redactie, ca actiunea
initiata de Fundatia "Principesa Margareta a Romaniei" de a
organiza o sarbatoare a copiilor in dimineata zilei de 1 iunie,
la Bucuresti, s-a bucurat de un deosebit succes.
 (...) Deschizand ceremonia, A.S.R. Principesa Margareta a spus:
"Azi, de ziua celor mici, la palatul Elisabeta, 45 de copii au
construit POARTA COPILARIEI. Invit pe toti cei mari sa
treaca prin ea spre Taramul Copiilor, o lume in care pot fi
intalnite dreptul la viata, la educatie, la asistenta medicala,
la ocrotire parinteasca, la joc si fericire. Va invit sa ne urmati!"
 (...) Reamintim ca in USA cunoscuta solista ( si astazi,
de asemenea, reputata activista culturala si teleasta in statul NJ)
d-na Margareta Paslaru a inceput si sustine o viguroasa actiune
pentru reintroducerea - la nivel federal - a sarbatoririi Zilei
Internationale a Copilului, manifestare care a fost initiata intre
cele doua Razboaie Mondiale, la San Francisco, in Statele Unite. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Photo by Jackie Burkett

 

STRAIGHT FROM TRANSYLVANIA 

International Children's Day coordinator Margareta Paslaru accepts a fourth grader's  rendering of people, parks and rainbows from The Reverend Alpar Kiss at The Unitarian
Church in Summit. The local church has a partnership with the Unitarian Church in Transylvania, and Rev. Kiss brought 10
children's drawings to be exhibited during the event.


 

Buna dimineata, Israel!
Newsletter editat de ISRO - Press,
prima agentie de presa israeliana de limba romana


Anul lV, nr.259, Duminica 26 Ianuarie 2003

10. Elevi din Ierusalim - la expozitia internationala de desene
organizata de Margareta Paslaru

Nota publicata de newsletterul nostru privind dorinta cunoscutei cantarete Margareta Paslaru - domiciliata acum in Statele Unite - de a invita si copii din Israel sa trimita lucrari la o expozitie internationala de desene organizata anul acesta la New Jersay, a avut ecou. Mai multi profesori din Haifa, Tel Aviv, Ierusalim si din alte localitati s-au oferit sa asigure participarea elevilor de clasa a cincea din scolile lor. Cel mai prompt a reactionat scoala "Dukma" din Ierusalim, unde sunt 60 de elevi de clasa a cincea. In lucrarile lor vor fi selectate cele zece desene ce vor fi trimise la expozitie. In acest fel, Israelul este singura tara din Orientul Apropiat care a confirmat prezenta la "International Children's Day - Art Exchange", expozitie care simbolizeaza "Pacea si prietenia vazuta prin ochii nevinovati ai copiilor".
De mentionat ca, "M"Soul Production - fundatia creata de Margareta Paslaru - va filma si anul acesta un mini-documentar despre numeroasele activitati dedicate zilei de 1 iunie, Ziua Internationala a Copiilor, traditie care a debutat la Geneva, in 1925, in cadrul "World Conference for the Well Being of Children".

The Summit Collection - July 2002

Opening Ceremony for International Children's Day

By Susan Smith



From left, Joyce Margie, John Maher, Jack Dunn, Mayor Long and Margareta Paslaru

The opening ceremonies at the Children's Art Exchange and Show at the New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, kicked off the June 1st. festivities. Councilwoman Joyce Margie and Madison, NJ's Mayor, Jack Dunn, look on while Summit's Mayor Walter D. Long announces that 27 Proclamations were received officially declaring June 1st International Children's Day.  The overwhelming response was due solely to the effort of Mayor Long. He sent letters spreading the June 1st spirit to over 50 states, countries and municipalities. His enthusiasm, inspired by Margarita Paslaru-Sencovici, convinced half of the country's governors to declare and set aside this special day for children. Next year goal is to celebrate with the other half of the country and to have President Bush make this a national holiday! With the team of Long and Paslaru, how can he refuse?

Margareta Paslaru a fost distinsa cu premiul anual "Women of Excellence" de catre Senatul statului New Jersey (fragment)

Meridianul Romanesc 13 Aprilie - 2002 - USA

George Rosianu

  Compatrioata noastra Margareta Paslaru, renumita interpreta de muzica usoara, populara si internationala, precum si talentata actrita de teatru si film, este stabilita de aproape 20 de ani in statul New Jersey, unde desfasoara o activitate multilaterala voluntara in domeniul artei si al operelor umanitare, incununata de succese depline.
La 22 martie a.c., Senatul si General Assembly din New Jersey emite o rezolutie prin care o onoreaza pe Margareta Paslaru cu premiul "Women of Excellence" pentru merite deosebite (pe care le vom vedea mai jos) la categoria "Arta si Umanitate". Intr-adevar, Comisia de selectionare s-a orientat perfect cand a propus-o pe dna Margareta Paslaru pentru aceasta inalta distinctie, tinandu-se seama de prestigioasa cariera de peste 40 de ani in slujba Thaliei si luminile rampei. Voi spicui in cele ce urmeaza cateva date din rezolutia Comisiei de selectare.
  "Margareta Paslaru, rezidenta in Summit-New Jersey, este o femeie talentata, o solista de muzica usoara de talie internationala, remarcabila actrita de teatru si film, care, alaturi de arta, si-a dedicat timpul operelor umanitare." Astfel, Margaretei Paslaru nu i-a fost greu sa observe ca din calendarul american lipseste o zi foarte importanta de sarbatorit, si anume ziua de 1 Iunie, care in mai mult de 25 de tari este aniversata ca "Ziua Internationala a Copilului", unde cantecele, baloanele, paradele sau simplele celebrari reprezinta clipe de bucurie si veselie pentru copiii de pretutindeni. Hotarata sa indrepte aceasta omisiune, dna Margareta Paslaru a luat initiativa de a face ceva in acest sens.
  Pentru inceput, a reusit sa convinga municipalitatea din Summit si din San Francisco, California, care au declarat anul trecut, ziua de 1 Iunie ca "Ziua Internationala a Copilului". Este un pas inainte spre indeplinirea dezideratului ca si in America si pretutindeni in lume, sa fie aniversata ziua de 1 Iunie, asa cum se aniverseaza in fiecare an pe tot cuprinsul Statelor Unite ale Americii, "Ziua Mamei" si "Ziua Tatalui", cu respectul ce se cuvine acordat parintilor nostri. Speram ca nu este departe momentul cand initiativa Margaretei Paslaru va convinge toate statele americane sa cinsteasca asa cum se cuvine aceasta importanta "Zi a copilului", pentru ca ei sunt cei care reprezinta viitorul tarii.
  Un alt deziderat al dnei Margareta Paslaru pe care si-ar dori sa se indeplineasca este apelul pe care l-a adresat publicului, de a dona instrumente uzate, care sa fie atribuite copiilor talentati ce dovedesc interes pentru muzica. Pentru ca Margareta Paslaru are in palmaresul ei artistic 700 de inregistrari muzicale-turnee in 29 de tari - 400 de interpretari cu Opera de Trei Parale, sute de concerte, aparitii pe ecran, si pentru ca Margareta este initiatoarea programului muzical de la Overlook Hospital, intitulat "Music is the medicine" si a programului "Sleeping with a smile" dedicat copiilor spitalizati, carora li se citesc povesti la patul de suferinta. De asemenea, varstnicilor le sunt oferite programe muzicale. Si pentru ca neprecupetind eforturile si timpul, Margareta este alaturi de organizatia SAGE "Meals on Wheels" care distribuie gratuit mancare calda la domiciliul oamenilor in varsta.
  Ca proprietara a companiei "M"Soul Productions", Margareta si-a completat activitatea multilaterala in arta, cu o noua pasiune, si anume aceea de producatoare de emisiuni documentare pentru micul ecran al canalului de televiziune "TV36".
  Pentru toate cele relatate mai sus, i s-a acordat dnei Margareta Paslaru diploma de "Women of Excellence", pe care a meritat-o cu prisosinta. Incheind, cred ca sunt in asentimentul cititorilor nostrii de a o felicita pe ambasadoarea cantecului romanesc pe pamantul american, dorindu-i noi succese in munca pe care o desfasoara, pentru a inveseli inimile copiilor loviti de soarta si a varstnicilor nevoiasi, indiferent de rasa ori religie.
  (...) Alaturat prezentam in facsimil diploma emisa de Senatul statului New Jersey prin care se onoreaza munca voluntara depusa de dna Margareta Paslaru in domeniul" Arta si Umanitate"

 

The Independent Press - Wednesday, April 10, 2002



IN THE TOP TEN - Margareta Paslaru of Summit, far left, was among the 10 honorees at a recent Women of Excellence Dinner at Westwood restaurant in Garwood. She was nominated by the Union County Commission on the Status of Women for her work in the field of arts and humanities. Offering congratulations are Freeholders, from left, Rick Proctor, Deborah Scanlon and Angel G. Estrada.

"SUMMIT OBSERVER" Thursday, April 11, 2002


Standing on the steps of City Hall in San Francisco Mayor Willie L. Brown Jr., Summit resident Margareta Paslaru and fifth-graders from San Francisco's Tenderloin School. Students from both the Tenderloin School and Washington School are helping Paslaru make June 1st International Children's Day

With Music, Summit resident bridges gap between east and west (excerpts)

By Joan M. Devlin

Always ready to portray talent in others, especially children, Summit resident and producer at Channel 36 television Margareta Paslaru downplayed her own role in two recent honors she has received. "If it were nor for the children and their natural talent, I could not have done it," she insisted. What she did was unite fifth graders from coast-to-coast in film: fifth-graders at Tenderloin School in San Francisco and fifth-graders at Summit Middle School in Summit in sharing music and art for International Children's Day. With her background as a performing artist in movies and television in her native Romania, Paslaru, a singer, musician and composer, wrote words and music to a lilting melody called "Our Day, Children's Day" which capture the children from both coasts. The fifth- graders from Washington School performed the song, in voice and instrument, at a recent school board meeting and made a big hit. They received much applause, but Paslaru was sick that night and not there to hear their tribute to her music. The fifths-graders have exchanged art-work with the children at the San Francisco school, who also sang and performed the music. Both schools are helping Paslaru in making June 1st their own special day. "We have Mother's Day;we have Father's Day," reasoned Paslaru," why not a Children's Day?" Her logic makes sense; the day has been celebrated all over Europe for many years. Co-Chairperson of Summit 's Children's Day, Councilwoman Joyce Margie, through a mutual friend, connected Paslaru with San Francisco. (.....) Why San Francisco? "Because it was actually started there in 1925, but somehow the celebration died out: now, Mayor Brown, together with Summit Mayor Walter Long, declared June 1st as International Children's Day there and here," said Paslaru. The two mayors are honorary  chairmen of the day in their respective cities, while in Summit, Paslaru and Margie are co-chairpersons. But there is more. Paslaru was named one of 10 "Woman of Excellence" of Women in Union County, honored for her work in arts and humanities, and for promoting International Children's Day here and through the world. At a recent diner she was presented with a plaque of recognition from the Board of Chosen Freeholders of Union County and a citation from the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey. The citation read, "For the Status of Women's Excellence Award in the field of Arts and Humanities." Although she never mentions it, a mother herself, she has always been active in children's causes. She volunteers at Overlook Hospital to read stories to the smaller patients, and with her accent and inflections, keeps them spellbound, according to the hospital staff. She has recorded a production of children performing, called "The Human Mosaics: Preparing for International Children's Day 2002," which came out so well with the natural enthusiasm of children from all backgrounds, is now a CD available at Scotti's Record Stores in the area. All proceeds go to a music camp fund to provide music training for needy inner-city children. (....) As for her music, "Our Day, Children's Day," has caught on. "We are the future - think about each otherright now," say the lyrics. In these times, the simple melody and message seem especially meaningful. Paslaru said, "I will really be happy when Children's Day -June 1st - is marked on every calendar in America, like it is in Europe, and we start by having it in our hearts."

"THE SUMMIT COLLECTION" - April - 2002

International Children's Day UPDATE:

By Susan Smith

Margareta Paslaru, wearing her TV36 producer's hat, has just returned from San Francisco, whereshe filmed Mayor Willie Lewis Brown, Jr. and the exchange of art from San Francisco's Tenderloin School's 5th graders, to Summit's Washington School's 5th graders, a by product of last year's International Children's Day held in both Summit and San Francisco's children, created in various mediums, depicts peace, flowers and friendship, and will be on display in June at The New Jersey Center for Visual Arts in Summit. The film footage Margareta came away with will air during April on TV36 & Comcast, on Human Mosaics. This next piece of the continuing series will be titled "Summit-San Francisco: A Bridge of Friendship."  Mayor Brown again, in honor and appreciation of the children of the world, proclaimed June 1st, 2002 as International Children's Day in his City as has Mayor Walter Long of Summit.  Margareta, co-chair of International Children's Day, presented Mayor Brown with a gift of art from Carol Friend, principal of Washington School. The drawing shows a sea of multiracial children's faces. This was a project done by the Washington 5th graders. Along with that, a Summit Centennial baseball cap and a book on the history of Summit were presented to Mayor Brown on behalf of Mayor Long. June 1st events are now being finalized and will be made public in May. Anyone wanting to be involved please contact Margareta Paslaru (908 )273-4729 or, mpaslaru@comcast.net.

The highlights of this year's event will be the release of the CD featuring Washington School's fifth graders singing the title song "Our Day, Children's Day" (Music/Lyrics: Margareta Paslaru).

The remaining 20 songs are sung by local Summit children in fifteen languages! With the jachet completed, the CD is waiting to fill the shelves of local businesses as well as all of Scotti's Record Shops, with all of the proceeds going to "The Music Camp Fund" at the Summit Public Foundation.This fund has been set up to provide assistance for needy children who wish to attend the camp.

Education Update - Winter 2002
Editor: Catherine Fernandez

Washington School students help promote International Children's Day


  
We're all familiar with Mother's Day and Father's Day, but how many of us celebrate Children's Day? If a local TV producer, the mayor of Summit, and the fifth graders of Washington School are successful in their efforts, International Children's Day will be added to every America's Calendar.
Margareta Paslaru, a TV producer and local resident, fondly recalls celebrating International Children's Day in her native Roumania. The day is observed in about 25 countries, but has never been officially celebrated in the U.S. Ms. Paslaru is spearheading a campaign to have the day recognized nationally and has enlisted the aid of Washington School's fifth graders in promoting the cause.
Ms. Paslaru composed "Our Day, Children's Day," as a theme song for her campaign. (.....) As a further inspiration for her campaign Ms. Paslaru conceived of producing a CD featuring "Our Day, Children's Day" as its centerpiece. With Washington School as the host for 2002 Memorial Day ceremony, the Washington fifth graders were invited to be the recording artists for the song. They will also sing it at the ceremony, which is scheduled for May 23 at 10 a.m."The children were so enthusiastic at the prospect of recording the song, " said Washington School principal Carol Friend. "It was really a unique opportunity they were being offered."Under the direction Washington School's music teacher, Marilyn Casale-Lee, the students began rehearsing "Our Day, Children's Day" for the recording. Ms.Paslaru videotaped the rehearsals and the result is a TV-36 program entitled "Human Mosaics: Preparing for International Children's Day 2002," which will air on Tuesdays throughout February at 7 p.m. Before the holidays, the students recorded the CD, which will be available at all Scotti's Records Stores in the area. Proceeds from the CD will be donated to a music camp fund that will provide assistance for music training for needy inner city children.

                                                         Support on both coasts

   Summit Mayor Walter Long has shown his support for the effort by declaring June 1st as "International Children's Day" in Summit. And the campaign has already reached the west coast, where San Francisco Mayor Willie L. Brown Jr. has joined the cause. The two mayors are honorary chairs of the International Children's Day Committee, based in Summit and chaired by Ms.Paslaru and Common Council member Joyce Margie. A student art exchange between the Washington fifth graders and students from San Francisco is planned for exhibit at the New Jersey Center for Visual Arts in Summit in the spring.

"The Summit Collection" - January 2002

A committee, under the leadership of Mayor Walter Long, is busy making plans for Summit's second annual International Children's Day on June 1st. The highlights of this year's events will be the release of a new children CD featuring our own Washington School's fifth graders singing "Our Day, Children's Day". The CD will be available at all the Scotti's Record Store locations with all proceeds going to "The Music Camp Fund", at the Summit Area Public Foundation, set up to provide assistance for a music camp for needy children. Mayor Long and Mayor Willie Brown Jr. of San Francisco are co-chairing the International Children's partnership in an art exchange between children at Washington School, and children in San Francisco. Keep your eyes open for events being planned at the Summit Library, the NJ Center for Visual Arts, and the YMCA. 

 The committee invites everyone who wants to be involve to contact Margareta Paslaru at:
 "M"Soul Productions (908)273-4729 or mpaslaru@home.com
Honorary Chairs: Mayor Walter Long & Mayor Willie L.Brown, Jr.
Co-Chairs: Joyce D.Margie & Margareta Paslaru.

The Summit Collection- July 2001

            International Children's Day Is Official in Summit!


                                
By Susan Smith

"Whereas, this holiday should be recognized by everyone, regardless of their political affiliation, religious preference, organization membership, or school, and "Whereas, now more then ever, when violence and tragic events in schools are taking place with increased frequency, we should all reflect about ourselves and about our children. Now, therefore, I, Walter D.Long, Mayor of the City of Summit, do here proclaim June 1, 2001, as "INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S DAY" in the City of Summit and ask all citizen to take a moment to remember the children and consider them as we go about our daily activities and present ourselves as good role models."




L-R:Karen Honold, Scout Leader, with Girl Scouts from Troop 135 Cub Scouts from Pack 360, Gail Callahan, Gail Everling, Mayor Walter Long, Joyce Margie, and Joanne Tedesco-Kloud join Margareta Paslaru-Sencovici at the microphone as she accepts the Mayor's Proclamation for International Children's Day in Summit.

June 1st-International Children's Day-was celebrated in Summit at a party hosted by Overlook Hospital and Lisa Ciarrocca, child life manager for Atlantic Health System, on May 31st in their day-care center and on June 1st, in the Pediatric Activity Center.
As reported in our May issue, Summit's Margareta Paslaru-Sencovici, TV36 director, recording artist, and mother, has been working for ten years to bring equal attention to all the children by celebrating them and their spirit on June 1st. All her dedication, persistence and hard work has finally paid off! Proclamations have been signed by Mayor Walter Long, as well as Mayor Willie Brown Jr.of San Francisco, where this day was first celebrated in the U.S.in 1929, and acting Gov.Donald DiFrancesco, naming International Children's Day as a day to be celebrated on June 1 in their respective communities.Margareta is working hard to  get this day recognized on a national level. Rumor has it there may be some progress toward this end even as we speak! We will keep you posted.
The thrilling thing about Paslaru-Sencovici's efforts is that something wonderful and tangible and on-going has come out of it. In addition to the official day of observance, Summit councilwoman Joyce Margie, who has been championing Paslaru-Sencovici's dream. has spearheaded a "gently used" musical instrument drive for the needy children. Burgdorff Realtors Joanne Tedesco-Kloud arranged for their Springfield Ave.location to be a drop off spot, and John W.Cooper of Summit Area Public Foundation has established a fund to sponsor a June 1st Music Camp for the needy kids."The Summit Ladies" (weekly volunteers at the Community Food Bank of NJ)will  collect the instruments from Burgdorff and take them to the Community Food Bank to be dispersed to needy children. It is Margareta's hope to complete a special song she is composing for International Children's Day, then have the children practice  on the instruments, and hopefully record and produce a CD that will be available for purchase by December, 2001!.The net profit from the sale of this recording effort will go towards the music camp. Scotti's Record Shop has promised to be part of the launch by promoting it in their 5 locations!

Summit should be proud of the selfless efforts of this special woman-a woman with passion and love and desire to make a difference in the way we raise our children. Her dream is to put an end to the senseless violence we heard and read about in this country on practically a daily basis. "I truly believe that the way we are raising our children today is the way they will lead us tomorrow"

The Star Ledger - Thursday, June 14, 2001

Children's Day makes its U.S. debut in Summit
(Selections)

By Patty Everett
FOR THE STAR-LEDGER

   Margareta Paslaru-Sencovici didn't grow up with the question on her lips that millions of children ask each year around Mother's Day or Father's Day:"Why isn't there a Children's Day?" So she never heard the pat answer that has passed from generation to generation:"Because every day is Children's Day." Instead, the Summit resident heard songs in the streets of her native Romania on June 1st - the day that there, and in other parts of the world, is officially known and celebrated as International Children's Day. "This was a very joyful and simple kind of celebration,"Paslaru said. "There was a ballon parade, songs and dances and arts and sports." In short, is was a celebration akin to that of a child's birthday party - similar, in fact, to two recent events she was the impetus behind at Overlook Hospital in Summit. Althogh the day is celebrated in roughly 25 countries, it's "a day that is missing from the American calendar," said Paslaru, who aims to get the day officially recognized on the national level. Locally, Paslaru has obtained proclamations from acting Gov.Donald DiFrancesco naming June 1st International Children's Day in New Jersey as well as from Summit Mayor Walter Long. The latter was on hand for a party at Overlook's day-care center May 31. The next day, there was an other party for patients in the hospital's Pediatric Activitty Center. "I think it's a wonderful idea" said Christine Manning, a child life specialist in the Pediatric Activitiey Center. Manning was on deck both days to help set up the parties, which included food, a clown, a magic show, face-painting, games, prizes and giveaways. (...) A registered nurse in the hospital's pediatric unit, Palmarozzo agreed that a special day for children was a "neat idea," despite having been told numerous times by her mother that every day was Children's Day. Lisa Ciarrocca, child life manager for Atlantic Health System -of which Overlook and Morristown Memorial Hospital are a part - said she will honor the day every year in all of Atlantic's pediatrics units. Simultaneous with with the June 1st event, Morristown Memorial's child life program was holding its own gala to mark the day, said Coarrocca, who brought along her daughter, 21-month-old Callie, to join the festivities.

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The parties at Overlook were among a number of events planned around International Children's Day. One of them, a used musical instrument drive benefiting children from the Kids Kafes of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, was the brainchild of Summit Councilwoman Joyce Margie, Paslaru said. "I started composing a special song for June 1, and next year it will be performed by children who received the musical instruments," Paslaru said. "All of this is going to be recorded on a CD, and the monies will go to a special Children's Day music camp for the needy." Scotti's music store has promised to launch the CD in its four stores in Summit, Gillette, Morristown and Madison. In addition, the Romanian-born actress and pop star is using her expertise as a producer/director for Channel 36 to promote the day. Footage she has taken for a documentary that features children from 12 New Jersey localities will be used as the "archives"of the June 1 International Children's Day in the United States, she said. During her efforts to reach out to all 50 states, Paslaru has received feedback from people in Omaha, Nebraska and Portland, Oregon who have planned events for the day. In San Francisco - where the day had its roots in 1929 - Mayor Willie Lewis Brown Jr. has proclaimed June 1, 2001, as International Children's Day. Paslaru said she dreams that marking the day and bringing more attention to the children might help to avoid the senseless violence now taking place across the country. "
I trully believe that the way we are raising them today is the same way they are going to lead us tomorrow. I truly believe that they are a reflection of us...and if things go wrong, we have to wonder why."


Summit Observer –Thursday, April 5, 2001

                               Resident seeks to celebrate children
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                                                                       By Joan M. Devlin
Staff Writer

Her Dream is to honor children: all children everywhere, with an established International Children’s Day, and she has worked for years to make the dream a reality. Summit resident Margareta Paslaru, Romanian-born entertainer and current head of “M” Soul Productions, wants June 1 of every year to be Children’s Day, set aside in the same way that Mother’s Day and Father’s Day observed. “We need to bring more people into participation for the International Children’s Day of June 1st because it has already been set aside by many other countries all around the world,” said Paslaru. She is not just wishing for this: she is working through her own company and also with Arlene Sullivan and Mary Ann Martello of Changing Images Art Foundations Inc., who as a committee will reach out to all 50 states to involve them in the day of recognition. Paslaru also is known in Summit as the director/producer of TV-36, which covers  Common Council meetings among many other events in the City of Summit. She and Sullivan and Martello will combine creative talents in the promotion. Paslaru loves to read stories to children, and volunteers at Overlook Hospital once a week to do just that, to make sick children smile. She acts out the stories as she reads, using her backround as an actress/singer in Romania.” Children are the same all over; they love this.”

 (……) In 1996, Paslaru received an honorary award and membership to UNICEF for her promotion of music and art for the protection of children. Her philosophy is simple. ”When we are young, we struggle to make a name for ourselves: becoming mature, we must use the name in helping others.”

(…….) She insists, however, that this promotion of an International Children’s Day does not involve money; only recognition.  She is creating a series of documentaries about International Children’s Day to begin airing this spring, and is writing the music for a special children’s song, inspired by Sullivan’s children’s book entitled ‘The Journey of Hanna Heart,” and Sullivan is also creating a mural.

(……) “However, the main object of our committee is to gain support from people throughout the United States so that we can add our country to the expanding list of those countries who already celebrate June 1 as Children’s Day,” said Paslaru. She encourages ideas and events that others may create. She and her associates have contacted the school boards and everyone is asked to join in special events on that day. She has requested Summit Mayor Walter Long to proclaim June as Children’s Month, which he has promised to do at the 17 April  Common Council meeting. For information about ways to participate in the activities, or to bring your own ideas to share, call Paslaru at 273-4729 .  


Independent Press – April 18, 2001

Paslaru helps organize Children’s Day 
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 By Timothy Jecko

   AREA – Margareta Paslaru has a knack for making news. Perhaps she was born with it. This time, she’s taking on Alaska, Hawaii and all the contiguous 48 states as she attempt to bring us into line with more than 25 countries already observing the June 1st celebration of International Children’s Day. Ms. Paslaru, a Summit resident for 18 years, is a formidable force when it comes to stirring up excitement in local or international media. Born in Romania, she became  a pop music star as a young woman, successful as a singer, songwriter, and lyricist in 13 languages. The den of her deceptively tranquil home overflows with photographs, citations, posters, clippings, scrapbooks and other mementos of her impressive career. One can imagine the energy which she must have generated in those days. To anyone near her colleagues race to keep up with her production schedule, her driven and ambition are sometimes overwhelming, certainly anything but diminished. “When we are young” she admits, ”we struggle to make a name for ourselves. Becoming mature, we must use the name in helping others.” No one, it seems, is immune to her rapid-fire, all-encompassing enthusiasm. “Nobody I have spoken with knows about the Children’s Day celebrations , ”she said recently, “or the fact that is started in the United States, in 1925. On June 1st of this year, in Monterey Heights area of San Francisco, Wang Yunxiang, the Chinese  consul general, gathered 60 former Chinese orphans and their families to celebrate one of China’s most popular holiday. That same year, perhaps coincidentally, representatives from 54 countries attended the World Conference for the Well Being of Children in Geneva, Switzerland, and passed the Geneva Declaration protecting children. ” It is from these events that the international observance evolved,” she said, “and its beginnings are described in ‘A Children’s Day Gift,’ by Evelyne McNamara. I have been working for 10 years to bring Children’s Day to USA,” she continued. “It seems natural to me; I grew up with it.” Ms. Paslaru, the founder and entire staff of her umbrella organization, “M” Soul Productions, is also the creator and resident director, producer, editor, crew, camerawoman, prompter and on camera spokesperson on the series “Human Mosaics” on cable station TV-36. In it, she showcases the importance of local artistic, cultural and humanitarian pursuits  Not surprisingly, she’s using her show  to promote International Children’s Day in the USA, her latest project. Her efforts are gathering steam, and for this project she has help, in Arlene R.B. Sullivan and Mary Anne Martello of Changing Images Art Foundation, Inc. The goal of Changing Images is to bring comfort to people, young and old, who are in traditional institutional settings, such as hospitals. ”Through interactive art activities with patients and volunteers,” says Ms. Sullivan, “we are able to transform bleak empty walls into colorful surroundings, leaving each facility with professional-looking murals that they have helped create.” The idea of involving everyone-patients, residents, family members, medical staff, volunteers-is” medicine for the soul”. “They are painting beautiful murals for Children’s Day,” says Ms. Paslaru of her partner’s efforts, “with children from different schools,” including the Cedar Hill Elementary School in Towaco, and Bayley-Ellard High School in Madison, whose work will be exchanged with a mural from a hospital in Bucharest.
   In addition, Ms. Paslaru is composing a special children’s song for next year’s celebration dedicated to June 1st. The CD containing the song will be on sale at all Scotti’s Record Shops, with proceeds donated to a special fund to help send less fortunate children to a summer camp. “People from all parts of the country are invited to join in a simultaneous spirit-of-solidarity  celebration of children, ”says Ms. Paslaru. “The activities need not be extravagant; it could be something as simple as a song, a dance, a sport activity , or volunteers reading to children in a library or a hospital. It could be activities that are already on the calendar, which might be re-scheduled, or at least dedicated to the weekend of June 1st.”

"The Summit Collection" 
May 7, 2001

By Susan Smith

   If you see pink and blue balloons outside the merchant's stores in Summit during the first week in June, it is not because the stork is making a guest appearance! It is Summit celebrating International Children's Day.Romanian-born singer, composer and 18-year Summit resident, Margareta Paslaru-Sencovici has been trying to promote International Children's Day in the USA for years. In over 25 countries, it is observed on June 1st. Margareta remembers balloons parades as a child in her country, and with the help of Arlene Sullivan of Changing Images Art Foundations, Inc. is getting the ball rolling here by inviting all the governors to support this request to make June 1st an official holiday. Many have jumped on the bandwagon, including Summit's mayor Walter Long who declared that June 1st would be set aside in Summit for International Children's Day. The kick off ceremony will be held at Overlook Hospital's day care center on May 31. Pediatric Director Lisa Ciarrocca, children, patients, staff, Margareta Paslaru-Sencovici, councilwoman Joyce Margie, and Mayor Long will sing, read poetry and paint to celebrate the spirit of children.
   Don't miss "M"Soul Production's (Paslaru-Sencovici's company) film documentaries, "Human Mosaics" and "Summit's Rhapsody," on TV-36 and 57, highlighting children's activities performed all over New Jersey, in honor of International Children's Day.

Thursday, May 31 – 2001 “Summit Observer”

Drive gives needy children the gift of music

By Joan M. Devlin - Staff Writer

“We must give them food for their spirit as well as food for their  stomachs, as music heals: it is a wonderful outlet for troubles and anxieties.” –

Margareta Paslaru


   The Used Musical Instruments Drive is just one part of all the special events planned to celebrate International Children’s Day on Friday. Margareta Paslaru, producer/ director of Channel 36, had the idea of giving needy children musical instruments, along with the other events she is spearheading on Children’s Day. Mayor Walter Long made in official at the last Common Council meeting when he actually declared June 1st “International Children’s Day in Summit”. “We are asking everyone in Summit to go into their attics, store rooms and closets to find a used musical instrument  they no longer use or play, but which would bring great joy to a child who can never afford to buy an instrument, ”said Paslaru. The gift of music will feed the hearts of children who are needy, and who are cared for through the Children’s Division of the Community Food Bank of New Jersey in Hillside. (…) The used musical instruments of all kinds will be donated and distributed through the Kids’ Cafes, and after school program for inner city children. A group of Food Bank volunteers will pick up the instruments  each week and take  them down to the  Food Bank  in  Hillside; among them Councilwoman Joyce Margie who volunteers at the Community Food Bank every Friday . Paslaru, who was an actress/performer in her native Romania, and still performs on occasion will be donating her time and talent to work with the children in the Kids Café program to help them develop their musical abilities.  (….) Each café feeds a hot nutrition evening meal five days a week at absolutely no cost,” said Meara  Nigro, communication director at Community Food Bank. (….) Now, beginning in one of the Newark sites, they also will be able to receive and learn to use musical instruments. Paslaru will be there to personally instruct, help and encourage them. ”It will be light music; whatever they are comfortable with and now we have the instruments to make a band, and study, and experience the joy that music can bring"” Transporting the instruments once they are collected at the various locations will be handled by a group of Community Food Bank volunteers affectionately called “The Summit Ladies,” because they are always at the center in Hillside on Fridays. In adition to Margie, there is Pat Steadman, Gail Callahan and Mona Baldwin.
   Everyone is sharing Paslaru’s enthusiasm on the project, including Board of Education President David Bomgaars who came to tell them that children in all grades took memos home asking parents to send them back with used musical instruments they no longer need. ”In fact, I will bring in my own old set of drums,” said Boomgaars.  “There is a strong connection between students who participate in music and their academic achivement”.    
                                       
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