Montclair Mutual Aid, a local network that raises money to help individuals facing hard times, will be holding a silent disco fundraiser on Thursday, Oct. 6, from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Wellmont Theater.

For the event, three different channels carrying a variety of music genres will be played. Participants can choose among the channels on their wireless headphones without affecting what others hear in their headphones. 

When participants don their headphones they will be contributing to help people in need, who will be assisted by the profits from the event. 

Montclair Mutual Aid was formed in the early days of the pandemic as community members started to express physical and financial needs. It has since become an organization that crowdsources money to help Montclairians who need help with rent, child care, food or other basic necessities. 

Members of the network like to refer to themselves as the “middle person” who connects those with a need to those who are able to provide for it. When a heat wave hit New Jersey last summer, Montclair Mutual Aid provided more than 20 air-conditioning units for those without. 

“Solidarity is not charity,” said member Madeline Gale Spencer. 

After raising a little more than $4,000 in an online art auction fundraiser last year, the organization has recruited more local and small businesses. Pharmacie Bar + Kitchen will be partnering with The Bitter Dash, a mobile bar, for an outdoor cocktail area with specialty cocktails crafted exclusively for the fundraiser. 

In addition to giving by buying tickets for the event, those who attend will have an opportunity to receive. Local businesses, including Ani Ramen, The Wine Guys and DollyMoo, have provided gift cards for a raffle that will be held at the silent disco. 

Alongside a night of disco, drinks and dancing, participants can see art curated by Armando “OUTthere” Diaz. When the audience needs to cool down from the tunes that DJ Rebexx and DJ Butta will be playing through their headphones, they can catch live painting demonstrations by artists Suliman Onque and Kim Raison.

Montclair Mutual Aid says that its night of fun will help others in their time of need.

“When you support people who are in need it comes back in return by strengthening your community,” member Reubena Gale Spencer said.

Tickets, which include admission and the headphones, are available online; type in Montclair Mutual Aid at eventbrite.com. The cost is $20 before Sept. 24 and $25 after.

Drink passes for the specially made cocktails will be available for purchase when buying a ticket online. Pharmacie Bar + Kitchen will also be open for people to buy drinks inside.

Proceeds from the event will go toward the acts of service that Montclair Mutual Aid does for the community. 

Founding member Aminah Toler likes to remind people that Montclair Mutual Aid is a “hand up, not a handout.”
Montclair Mutual Aid encourages those who attend to put on their best “boogie” attire and dance for a good cause.