Sam Boraie is well known as one of the New Brunswick area’s most prolific real estate developers, but real estate is only one of his passions. Mr. Boraie puts both his time and money toward a number of philanthropic groups that make life better for some of New Jersey’s most vulnerable residents.
Elijah’s Promise is a nonprofit that doesn’t just feed the poor, but also teaches them how to feed themselves. As the old saying goes, give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. This amazing group provides not only food to the poor, but also training in the food service industry. By providing free education in cooking and catering, the group helps people obtain job skills that make them highly desirable to employers. Once trained, their job prospects rise quickly from minimum wage to middle class and their entire life, and those of their children, changes for the better. Mr. Boraie sits on the advisory board and has been actively involved in the charity’s work in New Jersey.
Culture and the arts are also an important part of the Boraie family’s plan to revitalize New Brunswick. Mr. Boraie sponsors the State Theatre Benefit Gala every year, which routinely raises over a half million dollars annually for this nonprofit arts center. The State Theatre hosts a diverse group of exciting national and international performing artists, provides arts education programs and provides a major performing arts venue that enables members of the community to have a life-long association with the performing arts. It is housed in a stunning, completely renovated 1921 vaudeville/silent film house and is a historic landmark. Some of the additional programs sponsored by Mr. Boraie and his company, Boraie Development, include a free summer movie series where the community can view blockbuster movies on the big screen at no charge.
Another artistic venue that Mr. Boraie funds is the George Street Playhouse, a successful nationally recognized theatre that has launched many young actors’ careers over the past 40 years. This theater is also unique in that it has displayed a real commitment to helping the disabled enjoy the arts. They offer audio-described performances for patrons who are visually impaired, as well as large print and Braille playbills. For those with hearing impairment, they offer open-captioned performances and free use of assistive listening devices. The theater is fully handicapped-accessible so that no one need miss a performance!
Sam Boraie believes that it is our duty not just to wish for a better world, but to actively help create it. Whether that means rebuilding a neighborhood brick-by-brick, extending that helping hand and a chance for education to the less privileged, or working to ensure that everyone has access to art and the chance to participate in it, Sam is always willing to lend a hand in making our community of New Brunswick a better place now and for our children in the future.