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Meet the Jim Hamilton Memorial Shad Fest Scholarship Winners

Meet the 2020 Jim Hamilton Memorial Shad Fest Scholarship Winners

For the 39th consecutive year, two outstanding local art students were each awarded a $10,000 scholarship to support their respective college educations.  The 2020 winners are Lambertville resident  Laura Adams and New Hope resident Morgan Grabarz.

Laura Adams is a graduate of South Hunterdon Regional High School and will pursue a degree in fine arts at Tyler School of Arts, Philadelphia. Lauras love of jewelry design encouraged her to start her business, Stripes. Laura donates a portion of her jewelry sales to charities such as Ehlers-Danlos Society, St. Jude Childrens Hospital, and Mental Health America. To learn more, watch her video.

Morgan Grabarz is a graduate of New Hope-Solebury High School and a Junior at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York City.  Morgan recently launched her fashion line, MG Designs which is available locally at Sojourner in Lambertville. To learn more, watch her video.

The Jim Hamilton Shad Memorial Scholarship is made possible through the generosity of many individuals, each of whom works to raise money for these annual scholarships. Artists donate original artworks, which are sold at auction each year. Generous patrons purchase the art and the proceeds all fund the scholarships.

Over the life of the scholarship, recipients have gone on to be self-supporting fine artists, have careers in music, theater arts, and graphic design. Jim Hamilton was a resident of Lambertville for most of his life and was an active philanthropist and supporter of the arts. As a co-founder of the Shad Festival, it is fitting that this scholarship honors him.

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Shad’Toberfest Canceled

As you may have heard, Lambertville was devastated by flooding from Ida.
 
We decided to cancel Shad’Tober. The decision was not reached lightly. However, we could not burden the already stressed infrastructure of the City. The festival brings thousands of visitors to Lambertville and that burden would not help our City right now. The need in Lambertville is great with over half the homes in the City affected by Hurricane Ida’s unprecedented flooding. There are some people that will spend a year getting their house back to a livable condition and some who will never return to their beloved homes because of the severe damage they sustained. In light of this tragedy, we are working on a fundraiser to benefit those flood victims hit hardest by
Hurricane Ida. Stay tuned for details.
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