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Madison Community Aims to Bowl Strikes for Sandy-Riddled Union Beach

Fundraiser Monday night at Plaza Lanes will benefit Union Beach Campership Program.

From left, DDC Vice Chairman Mark Fabyanski, Madison Mayor Bob Conley, Plaza Lane owners Mike and Rosemary Riccone, Caitlin McHugh and Barb Short from Quest Diagnostics.
From left, DDC Vice Chairman Mark Fabyanski, Madison Mayor Bob Conley, Plaza Lane owners Mike and Rosemary Riccone, Caitlin McHugh and Barb Short from Quest Diagnostics.
By Cara Anan

Hurricane Sandy, which hit hard on Oct. 29, 2012, has thankfully become a horrible memory for most of us. However, in Union Beach, Hurricane Sandy is still a reality.  Many Union Beach children continue to live in temporary quarters, motels, trailers, or doubled up with relatives.  

Although more work still remains to fully restore the community, since late 2012, Madison volunteers have provided support to Union Beach. After Borough of Madison Mayor Robert Conley and Councilman Robert Landrigan paid a visit to Union Beach, they led a public information meeting to engage the Madison community.  The response was incredible. Community groups donated funds, food, clothing, supplies, and countless hours of labor. 

This year, the Madison community is rallying to raise money in a new and exciting way.

Dr. Allison M. Adams of Adams Dental in Madison said, “[A]fter finding out from Ray Codey that there was an urgent need for money to pay for campers, I reached out to Mike and Rosemary Riccone at Plaza Lanes so we could create a fun way to raise money. As expected, they generously offered to have 100 percent of the proceeds go toward the camperships. I'm excited by the collaboration of the borough with Quest and local businesses in organizing this event.”

On Monday, at Plaza Lanes, enjoy dinner and a night of bowling while supporting the Union Beach Campership Program. 

For just $30 per bowler, participants at the event will help fund children with homes that are still destroyed from Hurricane Sandy attend a YMCA camp this summer.  The $30 includes four hours of bowling, bowling shoes, pizza, and soda which have all been donated.  If you have a group of up to 7 bowlers, you can reserve a lane for $180.  The entire proceeds will go towards funding summer camps for Union Beach children!

Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Borough of Madison Clerk’s Office and at the Madison Area YMCA.  Donations are also welcome.   A donation of $1,370 pays for two weeks of camp for one Union Beach child.  Please make checks payable to “Madison Area YMCA.”

Dr. Adams continued: “In Madison, those of us who were affected by Hurricane Sandy have gotten back to our lives and don't realize that over a year later, families are still displaced in Union Beach. Children can't return to their school and haven't been able to go home – at least two weeks away at camp allows the kids to have a sense of normalcy.”

Local volunteer, Peg Codey, said, “It's important to give the children a chance to play, have some fun with other kids, and just get away from the relentless, ongoing effects of Sandy.”

Union Beach still needs the Madison community’s support.  Every donation brings a child that much closer to attending camp.  Even the smallest contribution from Madison goes a long way for the children of Union Beach. 

For more information, visit: http://www.rosenet.org/gov/administration/pages/bowling-for-union-beach-campership

Join the Facebook event at: https://www.facebook.com/events/586112574836720/


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