August 22 is the date for the 20th Annual Lehrer-Gibilisco’s Summer Slam Softball Tournament that benefits the Children’s Lightning Wheels, an athletic team for individuals ages 6 to 22 who have a physical disability.
The Children’s Lightning Wheels compete at local, regional and national events in track, field, swimming, archery, pentathlon and powerlifting.
“This is a great event that has grown tremendously over the years thanks to the hard work and dedication of the organizers and the support of individuals and organizations.” said event organizer Tom DiGregorio.
Joseph Gibilisco, owner of the Lehrer-Gibilisco Funeral Home in Rahway, began the event 20 years ago with Darren Lasinski.
“We are trying to hit a home run for the kids these years.” said Gibilisco. “This is an event that showcases our commitment to helping children achieve their best at all time.”
Children’s Specialized Hospital, located in Mountainside, Fanwood and Toms River, is the largest pediatric rehabilitation hospital in the United States.
The affiliate in Mountainside offers a wide range of medical, developmental, educational and rehabilitative services for infants, children, adolescents and young adults.
“Lightning Wheels” is a wheelchair athletic team for children with a physical disability who compete at local, regional and national events.
Money raised from the annual Lehrer-Gibilisco Benefit Softball Tournament goes directly to support the activities of the team.
Corporate sponsorship has contributed to the success of the event. The Lehrer-Gibilisco Funeral Home donates all trophies, prizes, shirts and the picnic, so all other proceeds from the corporate sponsors goes directly to the “Lightning Wheels” kids.
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