A Town Named Chatham, An Incredible Event, Incredible People, and a Thank YOU.
In my position with the DRI, and also in much of my volunteer work, I have the wonderful opportunity to witness first hand some incredible fund-raising events. From Black Tie Galas with over a thousand people to a young lady selling lemonade to help find a cure. Whether $1.00 is raised, or over a million dollars is raised; people giving their time always needs to be recognized and appreciated.
Amazing people doing amazing things.
On Thanksgiving Day morning I had the honor to address almost 600 people in Chatham NJ for their annual Turkey Trot. Curt Ritter and his team organized a one mile fun run and a 5K timed race. It was cold, but the warmth of all those involved made it exciting. Curt does this for one reason, he has a child with diabetes. A lot and I mean A LOT of work goes into implementing and organizing this type of event and it was done well by the many people Curt recruited to help.
What a way to start off a Thanksgiving Day Morning doing something to help find a cure for diabetes. I had never been to Chatham New Jersey. It is like a neighborhood out of Norman Rockwell. A beautiful community where people pass you in the street and say hello. It was a fabulous day with the run moving smoothly through a residential neighborhood decorated for the holidays.
What events do you attend that you really like. please share why you like it so much?
Many of these events are run by volunteers and I enjoy meeting so many who do so much. Nice job Curt and to you and all those in the beautiful town of Chatham, we say thank you for caring.
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The Chatham Turkey Trot (www.TheChathamTurkeyTrot.org) is a registered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization (EIN 45-2241201). We organize and host the annual Chatham Turkey Trot, a 1 Mile Family Fun Run and USA Track & Field certified 5K Race in which participants race through the scenic Highlands section of Chatham Township, NJ on Thanksgiving Day.
Since 2009, The Chatham Turkey Trot has raised more than $80,000 for the Chatham Township Volunteer Fire Department and the Diabetes Research Institute and the Chatham Emergency Squad due to the generous support of Chatham residents and its local businesses.
If you're looking to be a part of a great family holiday tradition, or just want to burn some calories before the big meal, please consider joining us on November 24, 2016!
In 2015, the Township Committee undertook a comprehensive effort to rebrand and market The Colony Pool Club. I created and launched a new website, and developed a comprehensive marketing campaign. In addition, the Township made improvements to the facility, created new member activities and purchased the now famous “Colony Log Roll.” As a result of these efforts, membership increased by more than 7%. We continue to focus on improving the Colony Pool Club member experience and in 2016 we experienced a 7% increase in Club memberships.
The Club now features amenities and special events of interest to families, seniors and young adults alike. If you’re looking to experience an enjoyable summer -- resting your feet or building sand castles in over 8,300 square feet of soft beach sand, exercising in one of our six 25-meter swimming lanes, attending a family open grill night, adult social or movie night then The Colony Pool Club is your summer getaway. Click here to join today!
Chatham Township is blessed to have hundreds of volunteers who donate countless hours of their time in support of our community. As part of National Volunteer Month, on behalf of the Township Committee I declared April, 'Volunteer Appreciation Month,' to formally recognize the efforts of our many volunteers throughout the community.
We will also make a concerted effort to assist our two Fire Departments in growing their membership and increasing awareness among residents that these two all-volunteer departments are dependent upon them in order to survive, both in manpower and in financial support.
We thank those who volunteer in our community and encourage all residents to consider getting involved in some capacity. You can learn about the many great organizations here.
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