Local Families Raise over $9,000 to Benefit Prevent Child Abuse NJ

NEW BRUNSWICK  – Children, students and families all gathered at The Outlets at Bergen Town Center in Paramus, on Saturday, Oct. 13,  for Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey’s 2nd Annual “Footsteps for Families” Walk-a-Thon, sponsored by the Nike Factory Store.

Close to 175 walkers made five laps around the inside of The Outlets at Bergen Town Center, totaling up for 4,250 steps each individual took to help ensure that all children in New Jersey have safe, happy and healthy childhoods. Through donations collected online and offline by walkers, over $9,000 was raised to support the agency’s prevention programs that work in all 21 counties of New Jersey.

The walk kicked off with a poem by 13-year-old Kenyela Horn, followed by a presentation of an award to Carlene Daniels, a student at Hackensack High School who hosted the first Memory Makers program for PCA-NJ and raised more than $3,000. Participants warmed up for the walk with help from Blink Fitness trainers, while live music from a local band, Sexy Heroes, played in the background. Whole Foods Market provided a light and healthy breakfast, comprised of fresh fruit smoothies and granola bars and Frozen Peaks provided a refreshing treat for each walker at the end of the event and Frozen Peaks provided a refreshing treat for each walker at the end of the event.

The event also featured a mini silent auction with prizes from Tommy Hilfiger, REI, Strider Sports, philosophy, Oriental Trading, Costco, The Cheesecake Factory, Rutgers Athletics, NY Skyride, and the Please Touch Museum.

Rush Russell, Executive Director of Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey, was the top fundraiser for the walk, having raised $1,335! Prizes were given to the two teams and the second individual who raised the most for the walk-a-thon, courtesy of the Nike Factory Store. Team Beauty Queens, which included Mrs. New Jersey, Mrs. Union County and Mrs. Ocean County, won first place for the team to raise the most funds having raised $1,080! In second place was Notre Dame Academy’s National Junior Honor Society with $796 raised. Patty Mojta took home the prize for the individual to raise the most for the walk, with $710 in donations.

“This is a wonderful partnership with Nike and other businesses at the Bergen Town Center Mall that brought out more than 175 parents and children to walk in support of programs that improve healthy child development and positive parenting,” said Russell. “These programs save lives, save taxpayers’ dollars and help children succeed in school and in life.”

Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey would like to thank everyone who supported the 2nd Annual “Footsteps for Families” walk-a-thon, including those who represented the following groups: Sigma Delta Tau Sorority, Gamma Zeta Omega Alumni Chapter of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Bloomfield College N’ Control, Live Love Ride, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Nu Alpha Phi Fraternity, Rotaract NJIT, Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity, and the Notre Dame Academy’s National Junior Honor Society.

If you missed this walk, but wanted to participate, PCANJ will be hosting another “Footsteps for Families” walk-a-thon on at the Monmouth Mall Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. Check www.preventchildabusenj.org for more details.

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