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Cherry Blossom Events (April 8 through April 14)with NJ Princess Lauren Eineker

Join our NJ Cherry Blossom Princess Lauren Eineker and princesses from around the United States and the world for a week of activities in the Nation's Capital. (Read Lauren's bio below).

The week started with a lantern lighting ceremony at the Tidal Basin on Sunday, April 6, and ends with the parade and the Japanese street festival on Saturday, April 12. And, it looks like the cherry blossoms will be in bloom this weekend!

An entire list of these activities is located at You will see that some of the events are free and some require a ticket. Purchase your ticket there EXCEPT....

If you should want to attend the Princess Grand Ball on Friday, April 11, please purchase your ticket through us, so we know you are coming and we can sit together with or near our NJ princess and get a New Jersey picture (and cheer her on!). There is a separate link to the ball on our homepage for this purpose. Also if you want to attend the Princess Coronation on Tuesday, April 8, buy your ticket at the link above, but send us an email at and let us know to look out for you that night.


Lauren Eineker of Marlboro, NJ, has been selected as the 2014 New Jersey Cherry Blossom Princess by the New Jersey State Society (NJSS). A 2007 graduate of Marlboro High School, and a 2011 honors graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she currently works in Washington, DC, for Teracore, a government consulting firm for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other agencies.

“We are very proud of Lauren and her record of academic accomplishment and commitment to helping others,” said Donise Cameron, president of NJSS. “The NJ Cherry Blossom princess serves as a role model for young people and we know Lauren will represent New Jersey with great distinction.”

Eineker said she first became interested in a career in homeland security following the September 11 tragedy and the loss of so many New Jerseyans, including family friends. During Hurricane Sandy, Eineker aided New Jersey residents, using her subsequently acquired experience in emergency management and homeland security.

“When Hurricane Sandy hit, I was able to use my expertise in the place closest to my heart,” Eineker said. “It was devastating to see the damage done to my beloved Jersey Shore and feel the impacts of the hurricane firsthand.”

During the Cherry Blossom princess week, April 6 to April 13, Eineker will participate in dozens of educational, cultural and charitable activities in the Nation’s Capital with cherry blossom princesses from the other states and many foreign countries. On Wednesday, April 11, she will be introduced at a Congressional reception attended by Members of Congress and staff. She will also be representing New Jersey at the Princess Grand Ball, April 11, and the Cherry Blossom Parade, April 12.

While in high school Lauren served as a three-sport Captain in volleyball, basketball, and cross country. In college, she majored in Public Policy and minored in Spanish, participating in many student organizations—such as the Roosevelt Institution—a student-run public policy think-tank. She attended the Honors Burch Field Research Seminar on Foreign Policy program, and interned in Washington, DC.

Princesses are selected for their leadership, academic achievements, and interest in social, community and world affairs. One queen will be chosen from among the princesses by a spin of a wheel at the ball and will travel to Japan for numerous service activities with Japan’s Cherry Blossom queen.

NJSS is a 700-member, Washington DC-based nonprofit founded in 1941 that fosters educational, cultural, charitable and social activities among individuals with ties to New Jersey who work in the government, military and the private sector. It is affiliated with the National Conference of State Societies, which jointly sponsors the princess program along with the Japan Cherry Blossom Association.

For more information on princess activities for the week visit and

For more information on the full festival, visit CONTACT: NJSS Executive Director,