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Cherry Blossom Festival Activities April 9-16

NOTE: We may have one $150 ticket left at the NJ table at the Cherry Blossom Princess Grand Ball, Friday, April 15, at the Marriott in Crystal City. If you are interested, email

Join our NJ Cherry Blossom Princess Regina Arellano and princesses from around the United States and the world for festive events in the Nation's Capital the week of April 9-16. (Read more about Regina below). For the first time this year, the New Jersey State Society also has a junior princess, Violet Cameron Dukes, 6. The Junior Cherry Blossom Princess Program is a new, non-competitive offering of the National Conference of State Societies. For further information, contact

CELEBRATION OF THE STATES You are invited to attend the Celebration of the States and Territories with NJSS and our NJ Princess on Monday, April 11, 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Army Navy Club, 901 17th St., Washington, DC. 20006. Enjoy cocktails, food and desserts from around the country. To purchase the $40 tickets (deadline Sunday, April 10,) visit Celebration of the States

Tickets and information for all other events is located at

Many thanks to the SPONSORS who help us underwrite the New Jersey participation in the festival activities.


For more information on the full festival, visit Cherry Blossom Festival


Regina Arellano of Hoboken, NJ, has been selected as the 2016 New Jersey Cherry Blossom Princess by the New Jersey State Society (NJSS) and will participate in the National Cherry Blossom Festival April 9-16, in Washington, DC. She is an honors graduate of The Hudson School in Hoboken and American University (2013), where she majored in international affairs. Regina now works at CEB Global in Arlington, VA, as an account management specialist.

“Regina is a very accomplished young professional and proven leader who has devoted many hours to community service,” said NJ State Society President Donise Cameron. “We are very proud that she will be representing New Jersey at the National Cherry Blossom Festival.”

During the Cherry Blossom princess week, April 9 to April 16, Regina will participate in dozens of educational, cultural and charitable activities in the Nation’s Capital with cherry blossom princesses from the other 49 states, US territories and many foreign countries. On Wednesday, April 13, she will be introduced at a Congressional reception attended by Senators, Members of Congress and staff. She will also be representing New Jersey at the Princess Grand Ball, April 15, and the Cherry Blossom Parade, April 16.

Among her other accomplishments, Regina has created her own website “” to promote healthy eating. She has raised money for the DC homeless through S.O.M.E (So Others Might Eat) and volunteered at the Arlington Food Assistance Center. At American University, among other activities, she was vice president of the Taekwondo Sparring Club, and previously, when attending Goucher College, she was on the Women’s Varsity Soccer Team. When a student at The Hudson School, she came in second in the United States Northeast Region Taekwondo championships.

Princesses are selected for their leadership, academic achievements, and interest in 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 to represent the United States.

NJSS is a 600-member, Washington DC-based nonprofit founded in 1941 to foster 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.