ESSEX COUNTY EXECUTIVE DIVINCENZO ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH SEVEN LOCAL CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS County Helping to Raise Awareness for The Valerie Fund, Susan G. Komen North Jersey Race for the Cure, the National MS Society, Run for Rachel/Rachel Coalition, Give the Kids Hope Foundation, Inc., The American Heart Association Heart Walk and Regina’s Run Event Participants are Offered Reduced Admission to Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex Attractions

essex cares 2013

29 Apr ESSEX COUNTY EXECUTIVE DIVINCENZO ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH SEVEN LOCAL CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS County Helping to Raise Awareness for The Valerie Fund, Susan G. Komen North Jersey Race for the Cure, the National MS Society, Run for Rachel/Rachel Coalition, Give the Kids Hope Foundation, Inc., The American Heart Association Heart Walk and Regina’s Run Event Participants are Offered Reduced Admission to Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex Attractions

essex cares 2013

Essex County, NJ – Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. announced on Monday, April 29th that Essex County was participating in seven special partnerships to increase awareness about and help raise funds for the Susan G. Komen North Jersey Race for the Cure, The Valerie Fund, the Run for Rachel/Rachel Coalition, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Give the Kids Hope Foundation, Inc., The American Heart Association Heart Walk and Regina’s Run. 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, golf or donate to help out these really great causes,” DiVincenzo said. “As a way 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.

 “I was taught at a very early age that, most of all, you do all you can to help others. That is why all of these events are very important,” Freeholder Vice President Patricia Sebold said. “I’m grateful to Joe DiVincenzo that he feels it is important to help as many people as possible,” she added.

 “Thank you, County Executive, for the relationship you have established with each of these organizations. You recognize these types of activities are important to raise money and awareness for to support their missions, but these events also bring pride to Essex County,” Freeholder Brendan Gill said.

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

 The 6th Annual Susan G. Komen North Jersey Race for the Cure is Sunday, May 5th in the Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex. The organization raises funds for breast cancer research and treatment. The 5K run is certified by the USATF. For more information about the 5K Run or Walk, visit KomenNorthJersey.org or call 908-277-2904, Ext. 30. “Our race is about inspiration. To see survivors who have won the battle and family members of others walking together is inspirational,” Susan G. Komen North Jersey Executive Director Jennifer Griola said. It will be held as follows:

                                                                                 Date:                     Sunday, May 5, 2013

                                                                             Time:                    Registration 7 a.m.

                                                                                                             5K Run Start 8:30 a.m.

                                                                                                            Walk and 1.5 Fun Run Start 10 a.m.

                                                                             Place:                   Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex

                                                                                                             560 Northfield Avenue

                                                                                                             West Orange, NJ

 The 4th Annual David Harris Invitational Golf Tournament benefits the Give the Kids Hope Foundation, Inc. and will be Monday, May 13th at the Green Brook Country Club in North Caldwell. Proceeds will help provide recreational and educational opportunities for underprivileged children, and support scholarships for children to attend Essex County Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange and Camp Hope in West Milford. For more information, visit GiveTheKidsHope.org or call 973-309-2645. “Our mission is to improve the lives of underprivileged children in North Jersey. I thank Joe DiVincenzo for hosting this event to raise awareness of the many groups who are working to improve lives,” Give the Kids Hope Founder and Director Steve Tilton said. It will be held as follows:

                                                                                 Date:                    Monday, May 13, 2013

                                                                             Time:                    Registration 9 a.m.

                                                                             Place:                   Green Brook Country Club

                                                                                                             100 Greenbrook Road

                                                                                                             North Caldwell, NJ

                                                        Space is limited. Registration is required to participate.

 The Rachel Coalition’s Run for Rachel is Sunday, May 19th at the Livingston Memorial Oval. Proceeds will be used to raise awareness about and prevent domestic violence. Now in its 13th year, this event features a 5K run, 3K walk and children’s fun run. This year, the Run for Rachel is a USATF 5K Women’s Masters Championship Race. For information and registration, call 973-765-9050, Ext. 1708 or visit www.rachelcoalition.org. “I thank the County Executive and the Freeholders for supporting us and helping those who are dealing with domestic violence,” Rachel Coalition Chair Andrea Bier said. It will be held as follows:

                                                                                 Date:                     Sunday, May 19, 2013

                                                                             Time:                    Registration 7:45 a.m.

                                                                             Place:                   Livingston Memorial Oval

                                                                                                             Livingston Avenue

                                                                                                             Livingston, NJ

 Regina’s Run is Sunday, June 2nd in Essex County Branch Brook Park in Newark. Named in honor of the late Regina Foye, mother of Utah Jazz Guard Randy Foye, the race benefits the Children’s Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center fundraising goals as well as the continued outreach of the Randy Foye Foundation to improve the quality of life in Newark. The event includes a 5K run, children’s fun run, health fair and entertainment. “Our event is a great day for exercise, learning about healthy lifestyles and family fun,” said Christina Vuocolo from the Randy Foye Foundation. It will be held as follows:

                                                                                   Date:                    Sunday, June 2, 2013

                                                                              Time:                    Registration 9 a.m.

                                                                                                              5K Run 10 a.m.

                                                                              Place:                   Essex County Branch Brook Park

                                                                                                              Heller Parkway

                                                                                                              Newark, NJ

 The National Multiple Sclerosis Society will host MuckFest MS in Essex County South Mountain Reservation on Saturday, June 15th. Participants have to navigate their way through a variety of military-style obstacles over a five-mile course. Proceeds help provide programs and services to people living with multiple sclerosis in the Northeast area and drive cutting-edge research aimed at stopping MS. “It’s an honor to be associated with such great causes and be a partner with Essex County. We thank Essex County for all the support they give us to make our event such a fun and successful day,” said Jim Roberts of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. For information and registration, call 800-3-GoMuck or visit www.muckfestMS.com. It will be held as follows:

                                                                                  Date:                    Saturday, June 15, 2013

                                                                              Time:                    9 a.m.

                                                                              Place:                   Essex County South Mountain Reservation

                                                                                                             Intersection of Northfield Avenue and Cherry Lane

                                                                                                             West Orange, NJ

 The Valerie Fund Walk and JAG Physical Therapy 5K Run is Saturday, June 15th 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 or call 973-761-0422. “I want to thank Joe for his generous support. Last year we had almost 4,000 participants and this year we need everyone’s help to reach our goal,” said Bunny Flanders from The Valerie Fund. It will be held as follows:

                                                                                  Date:                    Saturday, June 15, 2013

                                                                              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 American Heart Association Heart Walk is Sunday, October 27th at the ADP campus in Roseland. Proceeds will be used to raise awareness and support prevention of cardiovascular disease and stroke. For more information on the Heart Walk, visit EssexHeartWalk.org or call 973-762-7831 “Our purpose is about education and raising awareness about healthy lifestyles. Last year Essex County has the largest team and raises the most money. We thank Joe D and his team not only for what they did last year, but for what they do every year,” said Renee Helfenstein from the American Heart Association. It will be held as follows:

                                                                                     Date:                    Sunday, October 27, 2013

                                                                                 Time:                    Registration 8:30 a.m.

                                                                                                                Walk 10 a.m.

                                                                                 Place:                   ADP Campus

                                                                                                                 1 ADP Boulevard

                                                                                                                 Roseland, NJ

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

 The Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex includes Turtle Back Zoo, Codey Arena, the miniGOLF Safari miniature golf course and South Mountain Reservation. New Jersey Monthly magazine recently named Turtle Back Zoo the best zoo in the state for the third consecutive year.