Middletown, NJ – On September 21, 2013, between the hours of 10 am -3 pm, Middletown area residents will team up with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® in the fight against childhood cancer. With a daily operating cost of $1.7 million, St. Jude depends mostly on public contributions and fundraising events, like the Middletown St. Jude Fundraiser. Our goal is to raise at least $10,000.  The St. Jude Fundraiser is an event to give area residents the opportunity to help support the lifesaving mission of one of the world’s premier pediatric cancer research centers that is devoted solely to helping children.  The fundraiser will be held rain or shine, on Port Monmouth School grounds located at 202 Main Street and Rt. 36 in the Port Monmouth section of Middletown. Registration for the walk begins at 10am, with the actual walk taking place between 11 and 2.

There is no fee to walk; however, since we are trying to raise money for the hospital, donations are appreciated. Walkers who raise at least $35 will be eligible for prizes. Donations can be made by check the day of the walk or online before the event at www.stjudeevents.org/middletown . You may also register for the walk at this link.  Walkers are encouraged to get sponsors for their walk to raise money.

In addition to the walk, there will be vendors selling their products, a gift auction, and a DJ with all proceeds benefitting the St. Jude Children’s Hospital. There will also be many children’s activities, like face painting, carnival games, and a bounce house. We will be accepting unwrapped gifts and monetary donations that will go directly to the children in the hospital for the upcoming holidays. We still have openings for vendors to participate. You would need to bring your own table and the cost is $35.  We are also looking for more businesses to become corporate sponsors or to donate gift certificates/prizes to be included in our gift auction.  If you would like to get more information about vendors, sponsorships, or gift donations, please call Therese at 908-461-4369 or email middletownstjudewalk@yahoo.com.  

“We are excited to help raise awareness and funds to support the mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which is to find cures and save children,” said Therese Omelanski, fundraiser coordinator. “The St. Jude Fundraiser truly makes a difference in helping the children of St. Jude fight cancer and other deadly diseases. We are hoping that many people will participate and donate money to help us to help these children and their families.”

To date, some of the sponsors for the St. Jude Fundraiser are DJ Johnny’s Magic Moments, American Bounce Factory, Holmdel Cleaners, Colonial American Bank, Auto Exotica, Union Plaza Liquors, Carol’s Shore Cuts, The UPS Store in Middletown, Crown Tire, and Saker Shoprite.

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