Van Vleck House & Gardens Celebrates 2021 Scarecrow Winners

Anna Coy on Bloom in Hands receiving check from Councilor Peter Yacobellis.

On Saturday, October 23rd, The Montclair Foundation and Van Vleck House & Gardens were pleased to present each category winner of the Scarecrow Contest with $500 to the nonprofit of their choosing With 978 votes counted we could tell the community was passionate about their scarecrows. Councilman Peter Yacobellis was in attendance and was able to meet many of the creators of the scarecrows. Anne Mernin, Executive Director of Toni’s Kitchen, was thrilled to be the recipient of two donations from the winners!

Showing tremendous community spirit, a total of 30 scarecrows were entered by families, individuals, scout troops, PTA’s/Classes, nonprofits, and local businesses.

The winners in each category and the nonprofit they selected are:

Families
Vincent Van Crow – Ashley/Neary Family-Toni’s Kitchen

Individuals
Top Cat – Carol Bertolotti-Van Vleck House & Gardens

PTA’s/Classes
Granny Flora – Yantacaw School PTO

Kids in Cleats wins with a “Where the Wild Things Are” themed scarecrow.

Nonprofits
Where the Wild Things Are – Kids in Cleats

Local Business
October Bride – Blooms in Hand – Human Needs Food Pantry

Scout Troops
Daisy – Daisy Troop #20478-Toni’s Kitchen

Daisy Troop joined by Anne Mernin and Councilor Peter Yacobellis.

Van Vleck also thanks to sponsors who helped make this free exhibit possible: PSE&G, PNC Bank, Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Center, and Martin O’Boyles Landscaping.

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