2018 Father Appreciation Event



The focus of this event is to celebrate fatherhood, unite and inspire young fathers, promote success and cultivate healthy lifestyles. The conference is funded by the New Jersey Department of Children and Families and hosted by Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey.

The event will be held on June 7th, 2018 from 4-7 p.m. at ISC Mount Laurel

Event Flyer (English & Spanish Versions)

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Steve Perry:

Dr. Steve Perry is one of most sought after educators in America. Widely respected by grassroots community members and internationally renowned leaders, his charismatic and compelling voice is an inspiration.

He is the educator Oprah Winfrey, Sean “P-Diddy” Combs, Bishop TD Jakes and Steve Harvey call on to offer insight to parents and children. A diverse array of politicians and groups, from the Urban League to ALEC, even President Donald Trump, have reached out to Dr. Perry to better understand what matters to parents.

Dr. Perry opened his third school, helped Steve Harvey write his new book “Jump,” has spoken in over 79 communities and completed his sixth book “Transparanting” within the past 12 months.  His impact is profound and varied and showing no signs of slowing down.

Dr. Steve Perry’s unique and powerful voice is respected and has been featured on MSNBC, Fox, CNN, Al Jazeera, TV One, BET and NBC as well as on the Oprah Winfrey network in multiple shows.  His courage and piercing insights provides a fascinating perspective that is not often found in public discourse.  Too often race, class, gender and political affiliations mute others voices. Dr. Perry fearlessly speaks from the heart, which births unpredictability.

Dr. Steve Perry is the voice of a generation, a people’s champion who has been fighting for disadvantaged children and families for 30 years. Passionate and surprisingly funny, Dr. Steve Perry is a man worth listening to.

Facebook | Twitter | Dr. Perry’s Official Website

Master of Ceremonies:

Jerome Allen:

Jerome Allen is an NBA assistant coach for the Boston Celtics.  Prior to joining the Celtics staff, he served as the John R. Rockwell Head Coach of Men’s Basketball at the University of Pennsylvania for six years.  Jerome holds a BS in Economics (Strategic Management Concentration) from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.  He’s a 1995 2nd Round Draft Pick (49th overall) of the Minnesota Timberwolves. With stops in 4 different NBA cities, and 6 different countries throughout Europe, Jerome’s professional playing career spanned 14 years.  Currently, he’s the Co-Founder of JBA Advisors, LP.  By drawing on 19 years of experience in the field of education consulting,  JBA Advisors believe the central element to delivering a holistic Student is centered around cognition.   JBA Advisors targets students who reside in low socio-economic communities (areas that struggle the most with “access”).  Since 1999, Jerome has funded trips to Europe, coding workshops, financial literacy camps, youth summer job programs, and reading/ writing and math enrichment series. Identifying and implementing evidenced based curriculums that fuse together cognition and exposure, has been paramount in his attempt to deliver sustainable impact.

Additional Speakers/Activities:

  • Flag Football Game
  • Dress to Impress Pop-up Shop
  • Job Recruiters
  • Arcade Games
  • Food
  • Raffles & Prizes
  • Photogelic Family Portraits
  • PanAmerica Hair Salon & BarberShop-Haircuts for dads and kids!
  • Information and Resources
  • More!


Event Registration

This event is for New Jersey fathers. Fathers may bring their children, but it is not required for children to attend. All organizations will be expected to register each father and staff member who plans to attend the event. Opening/closing dates for registration coming soon.

If you are a father, please register yourself here.  The first 15 fathers to preregister online will receive a kite at the door on the day of the event (winner must attend event in order to receive prize). 

If you are an organization, please register a group of fathers here.

Transportation Grant

Organizations may receive assistance with paying for a bus or other accommodations to transport fathers to the event.  Organizations with a group of 10 or more fathers may apply to receive $500.  Organizations with a group of 5 or more fathers may apply to receive $250.  To apply or for more information, click the link below. Transportation Grant applications are due no later than May 7th, 2018.

Transportation Grant Application

Transportation Grant Acknowledgement Form | W9 Form

Photo Release Forms

Photo Release Forms are to be signed by all guests attending the conference. Forms will be turned in to Prevent Child Abuse-New Jersey the day of the event at the registration table.

Printable Form in English

Printable Form in Spanish

Most Valuable Dad (MVD) Awards

Nominate a father you know who stands out for exceptional strength, personal accountability, generosity, and motivation to succeed professionally, personally and as a father.  MVD Award winners will be announced at the event.  Nominees must be present to win.

Nominate a dad here! 


Are you interested in being an exhibitor at this event?  Please contact Gabrielle Echevarrieta at [email protected]

Father Event Advisory Committee:

  • Karen Andrade-Mims, UIH Family Partners
  • Andrea Aumitre, Camden School Based Youth Services Program
  • Deborah Brasch, Caring for Kids
  • Kareem Lovelace-Crump, Youth Advocate Program
  • Amy Dennis, Robins’ Nest, Inc.
  • David Sims, DCP&P Essex County
  • Floyd Morris, Children’s Futures

The project/publication described was supported by Grant Number SP1AH000046-01-01 awarded to NJ DCF by the US Dept. of Health and Human Services’ Office of Adolescent Health” and state funds.

Contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the NJ Department of Children and Families, US Department of Health and Human Services or the Office of Adolescent Health.


Please contact Patty Mojta at 732-246-8060 ext. 135 or email at [email protected]