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Another Great Night With PCDI!

Date: May 4th

Location: The Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village, Princeton, NJ

Honoree: Toys ‘R’ Us

We have been so thrilled to be a part of Princeton Child Development Institute’s Spring Sensations fundraiser for the past five years and are looking forward to another great event next year.

This year’s gala honored Toys ‘R’ Us for their contributions to autism research and awareness as well as their direct $40,000 grant to PCDI. Toys ‘R’ Us has continually supported PCDI’s Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention for Children with Autism since 1994.

Over the past few years of working on PCDI’s Spring Sensations Gala we have gotten the opportunity to hear the stories of the people whose lives have been touched and forever changed for the better by the fine work the educators and administrators at the institute do and I cannot stress enough how amazing this organization truly is. It is always a pleasure to be apart of raising money for this very worthy cause.

The evening starts with a silent auction and then transitions into the main ballroom for music and dining. There is a video presentation during dinner that allows guests to get a look inside a specific situation and how the institute has played a role. After the video there is an exciting live auction which features various items from Yankees box seats to lavish vacations. This year they event auctioned off an ATV!!

Once all the items are sold it’s time to cut loose with Nite-Time. We play a wide variety of tunes to get the folks up and moving. The highlight of the evening for us was when someone asked if their friend could sit in with us (which we love) and sing Sympathy for the Devil. We (as always) said sure thing! The man who sang was clad in full traditional Scottish garb including a kilt. He did an awesome job singing and now I’m thinking that song should always be sung by a man in a kilt. Hopefully he’ll sit in with us again next year. I promise I’ll be fast enough to get a picture next time.


He’s going to have fun on that thing!

PCDI Spring 2013

Table setting for the four course dinner!

Thanks again to everyone at PCDI for letting us be even a small part of what you do.

PCDI site



Date: 5/5/12

Location: The Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village

Honorees: Schafer Gymnastics, Pennington Presbyterian Nursery School & Pennington-Ewing Athletic Club

This year we were once again honored to be a part of Princeton Child Development Institute‘s Spring Sensations Gala. 2012 marked our fifth year performing at this amazing event, and we couldn’t be happier to be a part of helping to raise funds and awareness for the good people at PCDI and all of their efforts.

The honorees this year were “three community partners (Schafer Gymnastics, Pennington Presbyterian Nursery School and Pennington-Ewing Athletic Club) with whom PCDI has had long-term relationships and who continue to work to make a difference in the lives of individuals with autism and their families”. It was wonderful to hear the stories of how each of these wonderful organizations has helped PCDI students and their families. We salute them all for their continuing efforts.

Princeton Child Development Institute has been “dedicated to teaching children, adolescents and adults with autism the necessary skills to participate fully with their families and in their communities” for over 40 years. To learn more or to donate go to www.pcdi.org.

Save the date! Next year’s Spring Sensations Gala will take place on May 4, 2013. We look forward to seeing everyone again in 2013!


May 7, 2011

The Westin at Princeton Forrestal Village, Princeton, NJ

This year we at Nite-Time had the honor of performing for the good people at  The Princeton Child Development Institute, for the fourth year in a row. PCDI is “the first community-based program in the state (of NJ) that was specifically designed to provide intervention for children with autism.” Their mission is noble, they exist to “meet the education and treatment needs of children with autism, and to facilitate professional training and research on autism intervention” and they do an amazing job.

The 2011 Spring Sensations Gala was a wonderful event that raised spirits and funds for PCDI.  The people who work with PCDI give so much of themselves for this amazing cause. They work hard all year to raise money and awareness, so this event is definitely a party with a purpose. After the silent and live auctions were concluded, Nite-Time had the dance floor packed all night. This year’s musical highlights included a trip through the decades starting with hits from the Motown era and culminating in a rousing medley of today’s instant classics that got all ages up and moving.

We’d like to thank everyone at The Princeton Child Development Institute for having us back and for including us in such a wonderful event, we hope to see you again next year!

For more information about PCDI or to contribute go to www.PCDI.org.

Date: 11/6/10

Location: Prospect House, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

First Dance: That’s How Strong My Love Is, Otis Redding

Number of different kinds of cupcakes: 5, yes 5!

Lindsay and Justin are both Princeton grads, they’re tall and adorable and looked like models from a wedding magazine all night!

The First Dance

We first met Lindsay and Justin at the annual PCDI event we do down in Princeton. The good folks at the Princeton Child Development Institute were nice enough to let them peek in to check out the band. We got a chance to talk on our break and hit it off instantly. Maybe it’s a tall person thing. I don’t know.

Lindsay and Justin had their wedding reception at the historic Prospect House on the campus of their alma mater, Princeton. It’s a beautifully restored Italianate Victorian mansion that was built circa 1850. Yves and I were enthralled the minute we saw the place, since we have been renovating a French Second Empire Victorian built circa 1882 for the past three years and we still have a few years of work left!

The fireplace in the rear parlor.

The reception was done in an increasingly popular, European style. We played background music, sometimes just one or two of us at a time until dinner was finished and then we ramped up the dancing starting with Lindsay and Justin’s first dance, That’s How Strong my Love Is by Otis Redding (great pick).

We took one brief break for the cake cutting, or shall I say the introduction of the most delicious wedding cupcakes ever into our lives (I say that, acknowledging fully, that Yves and I also had cupcakes at our wedding). Now, I generally stay away from dessert at the events that we do. If I ate cake every time it was offered to me I would weigh 300 pounds! So, when Lindsay offered us cupcakes I graciously passed mine along to the guys in the band. At least that was the plan. There were five different kinds of cupcakes, and when Danny and Bill started oo-ing and ahh-ing over them I was intrigued. So, I wrangled a bite from Yves. These cupcakes tasted even better than they looked – and they looked great! Lindsay told me that they were made by the in house caterers at the Prospect House, Restaurant Associates.

Once dessert was served we went back to rocking the house. Lindsay, Justin and their guests danced the night away, but I’d like to give a special shout out to the man who married them, Paster Yoder. Not only did he quote Snoopy in his blessing stating, “to dance is to live”, but he clearly practices what he preaches. I think I was half way through the first verse of Bad Romance when I looked out and saw the nimble man of the cloth deftly cutting quite a rug on the dance floor. Paster Yoder, you are welcome to rock my dance floor any time!