09 Apr ESSEX COUNTY EXECUTIVE DIVINCENZO ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH LOCAL CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS County Helping to Raise Awareness for the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, the Arc of Essex County, The Valerie Fund, Arthritis Foundation, NJ Children’s Alliance, Stop for Nikhil, St. Barnabas Medical Center’s NICU, RWJBarnabas Health, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Event Participants are Offered Reduced Admission to Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex Attractions

 

Essex County, NJ – Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. announced on Monday, April 8th that Essex County was participating in 11 special partnerships to increase awareness about and help raise funds for the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, the Arc of Essex County, the New Jersey Children Alliance, Stop for Nikhil, The Valerie Fund, the Arthritis Foundation, the St. Barnabas Medical Center’s NICU, RWJBarnabas Health, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and they Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. DiVincenzo is inviting the public to come out and support the worthy causes of each organization. In addition, the Executive announced that participants from each event will receive reduced admission to the Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex on the day of their respective fund-raising events.

“Each of these well-respected organizations does a great deal to make a positive difference in and improve the quality of life for our residents. I invite the public to run, walk or donate to help out these really great causes,” DiVincenzo said. “To say thank you to these organizations and the thousands of people who support them, we are offering reduced admission to Turtle Back Zoo, Codey Arena and the miniGOLF Safari for the people who participate in these events,” he added.

“These events are rewarding, and promote team building for our residents and employees. We know the great work all 11 organizations are doing and the passion that you have for your causes,” said NJ State Senator and Essex County Deputy Chief of Staff Teresa Ruiz.

“There are no many wonderful organizations throughout Essex County and this is our opportunity to show how much we care,” Freeholder Patricia Sebold said. “”I want to thank these organizations for choosing to have their events in Essex County,” Freeholder Len Luciano said.

“Everyone knows how important these events are. For our officers, it’s a labor of love,” Sheriff Armando Fontoura said.

“These are all very special events that happen throughout the year. Our employees have a genuine feeling of support for these organizations because their families are personally affected,” Deputy Director of Human Resources Jacqueline Jones said.

A description of the organizations and a schedule of their events are as follows:

The Arc of Essex County’s Annual Building Tomorrows 5K Run, Family Walk and Fun Fest is Saturday, April 27th at the Clipper Pavilion in the Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex. The Arc of Essex County provides supportive services for people with developmental or intellectual disabilities. For information and registration, visit  HYPERLINK “http://www.runorwalk.org” www.runorwalk.org. “We are delighted to partner with Essex County once again and raise awareness for the 1,500 citizens with developmental disabilities that we provide support and assistance to on an annual basis,” said Nancy Byrne, Director of Communications for The Arc of Essex County. It will be held as follows:

                           Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019

                           Time: 8 a.m. Registration

                            9 a.m. 5K Run

                            10:15 a.m. Family Walk

                            10:30 a.m. Fun Fest

                            Place: Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex

                            Clipper Pavilion

                            Cherry Lane

                            West Orange, NJ

Great Strides is the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s largest national fundraising event and will be held on Saturday, May 11th in Essex County Verona Park. The mission of the foundation is to cure  HYPERLINK “https://www.cff.org/What-is-CF/About-Cystic-Fibrosis/” cystic fibrosis and raise awareness about this rare, genetic, life-shortening disease that makes it difficult to breathe and shortens lives. Proceeds from the event help accelerate innovative research and drug development, as well as advance care and advocacy. Registration is free, but walkers are encouraged to raise funds. “This is a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness about cystic fibrosis. It was very devastating news when our son was diagnosed with CF, but then we were linked with the foundation and found there was hope,” said Jodi Squires, whose son Sean is now 21 years old. For more information, visit  HYPERLINK “http://www.fightcf.cff.org” www.fightcf.cff.org. It will be held as follows:

                             Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019

                             Time: 10 a.m. Registration

                             11 a.m. 5K Walk

                             Place: Essex County Verona Park

                             Bloomfield Avenue and Lakeside Avenue

                             Verona, NJ

The Arthritis Foundation’s Walk to Cure Arthritis is Sunday, June 2nd at the Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex. The Arthritis Foundation helps conquer everyday battles through life-changing information and resources, access to optimal care, advancements in science and community connections. “Arthritis is the leading cause of disability, including in children. Our supporters really look forward to our event because after the walk, they stay at the complex and make a day of it,” said Emily Meyers, Development Director for the Arthritis Foundation. For more information, visit  HYPERLINK “http://www.arthritis.org” www.arthritis.org. It will be held as follows:

                             Date: Sunday, June 2, 2019

                             Time: 9 a.m.

                             Place: Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex

                             Cherry Lane

                             West Orange, NJ

The Valerie Fund Walk and JAG Physical Therapy 5K Run is Saturday, June 8th in Essex County Verona Park. Proceeds will be used to support the comprehensive care of children with cancer and blood disorders. For more information on the Walk or 5K Run, visit TheValerieFund.org/Walk2019/. “From the personal grief of Ed and Sue Goldstein, who lost their daughter Valerie to cancer, they became change makers. Today the Valerie Fund treats over 6,000 children with cancer and blood disorders a year,” said Bunny Flanders, Director of Marketing and Communications for The Valerie Fund. It will be held as follows:

                             Date: Saturday, June 8, 2019

                             Time: Registration 7 a.m.

                              5k Race Starts 8:30 a.m.

                             Walk Starts at 10 a.m.

                             Place: Essex County Verona Park

                             Bloomfield Avenue

                             Verona, NJ

The Nikhil Badlani Foundation will present the Stop for Nikhil 5K Run/3K Walk on Sunday, September 15th at West Orange High School. The 5K run is sanctioned by USATFNJ Grand Prix. The foundation is named for 11-year-old Nikhil Badlani, who was killed in a car accident in 2011 when the driver failed to stop at a Stop sign. Its mission is to enhance the lives of children through music lessons, scholarships for graduating high school seniors and traffic safety awareness and education. “On our roads, more than 40,000 people over the last three years have died in car crashes. When planes crash there are public inquiries, but you don’t hear about that for vehicle accidents. These auto fatalities can be avoided and education is the most effective means,” said. Sangeeta Badlani of the Nikhil Badlani Foundation. For more information, visit  HYPERLINK “http://www.nikhilbadlanifoundation.org” www.nikhilbadlanifoundation.org. It will be held as follows:

                             Date: Sunday, September 15, 2019

                             Time: 8 a.m.  Registration

                              8:45 a.m. Ceremony

                              9:30 a.m. 5K Run

                               9:45 a.m. 3K Walk

                               Place: West Orange High School

                               51 Conforti Avenue

                               West Orange, NJ

The New Jersey Children’s Alliance will present the Heroes for Children 5K and Family Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, September 21st at the Clipper Pavilion in the Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex. The event will promote public awareness about child abuse issues and increase knowledge about the services of local Children’s Advocacy Centers and Multidisciplinary Teams and the difference these services make in a child’s life. For more information, visit  HYPERLINK “http://www.njcainc.org” www.njcainc.org. “Children can heal from their trauma and adults can go on to great things. They just need the proper support and Child Advocacy Centers have proven to be effective places,” said Mary Beth Weil from the NJ Children’s Alliance.  It will be held as follows:

                               Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019

                               Time: 9 a.m.

                                Place: Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex

                                Clipper Pavilion

                                Cherry Lane

                                West Orange, NJ

The St. Jude Walk/Run to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is Saturday, September 28th in Essex County Cedar Grove Park. Proceeds support the care and research provided at the hospital. St. Jude’s freely shares the discoveries it achieves and families are not charged when they are admitted to the hospital. The event features a walk and run as well as vendor tables. “I’m here because my grandson, who is now 7 years old, benefited from St. Jude’s. Our goal is to raise awareness about childhood cancers and offer hope to children and their families,” said. Terry Rogers, a volunteer with the St. Jude Walk/Run. For more information visit  HYPERLINK “http://www.stjude.org/walkrun” www.stjude.org/walkrun. It will be held as follows:

                               Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019

                               Time: TBA

                               Place: Essex County Cedar Grove Park

                               199 Fairview Avenue

                               Cedar Grove, NJ

The 19th Annual Miracle Walk to benefit the Saint Barnabas Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is Sunday, October 13th in Essex County Verona Park. The walk features family-friendly activities, refreshments and entertainment including a DJ, face painters, balloon artists, characters and more. Proceeds help the medical center purchase state-of-the-art equipment for the NICU, which provides specialized care for New Jersey’s smallest and sickest babies. Some patients spend the first several months of their lives under constant care in the NICU. Volunteer Sage Gajarawala read a letter from her son Dillon, a alumni of the NICU who is now 20 years old. “All the care and technology make the difference. The walk is a great way to show your support, celebrate life, help save lives and build families,” he wrote. For more information, visit miraclewalk.com or call 973-322-4320. It will be held as follows:

                               Date: Sunday, October 13, 2019

                               Time: 9 a.m.

                               Place: Essex County Verona Park

                               Bloomfield Avenue

                               Verona, NJ

The American Cancer Society will present its Making Strides Against Breast Cancer on Sunday, October 13th at the Prudential Center in Newark. The walk helps raise awareness and funds to save lives from breast cancer. The event brings people together to make a difference for everyone who has been touched by breast cancer. The events raise money to fund innovative research, provide free information and support, and to help people reduce their breast cancer risk or find it early when it’s most treatable. For information, visit  HYPERLINK “http://www.MakingStridesWalk.org/NewarkNJ” www.MakingStridesWalk.org/NewarkNJ. “Making Strides is more than just a walk, it is movement that provides hope,” said Yakima Deloatch, Development Manager with the American Cancer Society. It will be held as follows:

                              Date: Sunday, October 13, 2019

                              Time: Registration 8 a.m.

                              Walk 10 a.m.

                              Place: Prudential Center

                              25 Lafayette Street

                              Newark, NJ

The 3rd Annual Greater Northern NJ Heart Walk is Sunday, October 20th at the Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex in West Orange. This event attracts businesses and residents from Essex, Morris, Somerset, Union and Warren Counties. Proceeds will be used to raise awareness and support prevention of cardiovascular disease and stroke. “Heart disease and stroke affects all of us. We want to be a relentless force for longer, healthier lives,” said. Judith Friedland of the American Heart Association. It will be held as follows:

                               Date: Sunday, October 20, 2019

                               Time: Registration 8 a.m.

                               Walk 9:30 a.m.

                               Place: Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex

                               Cherry Lane

                               West Orange, NJ

RWJBarnabas Health and the New Jersey Devils are teaming up to support the health of New Jersey’s diverse population with the Running with the Devils 5K Run and Family Fun Walk.  Proceeds from the event will benefit programs and services at RWJBarnabas Health’s 11 hospital facilities as well as hospice initiatives. This event, featuring a 5K USATF certified race and a family fun walk, brings together participants from across the state and supports the collective commitment of RWJBarnabas Health and the New Jersey Devils to build stronger communities by promoting healthy, active lifestyles and world-class healthcare. The day will feature special appearances by the New Jersey Devils mascot and street team, medals for all participants, awards and more. RWJBarnabas Health is the official healthcare provider of the New Jersey Devils. “We are thrilled to be a part of this again and spotlight the state’s most comprehensive health care system,” said Justin Edelman, Senior Vice President of Corporate Partnerships with RWJBarnabas Health. It will be held as follows:

                              Date: Saturday, November 2, 2019

                              Time: 8 a.m.

                              Place:  Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex

                              and Essex County Turtle Back Zoo

                              560 Northfield Avenue

                              West Orange, NJ

Participants in these events can receive $5 admission to Turtle Back Zoo, Codey Arena and the miniGOLF Safari in West Orange. The reduced admission is available on event days and participants must bring their race bib or proof of registration to receive the discount.