They’re smiling under those masks! And why wouldn’t they be?  The Cougar Lacrosse Club has donated all of the proceeds from their annual Fishawack Lacrosse Festival – a whopping $1,340 - to the Chatham Emergency Squad. 

“As an organization that relies almost 100% on donations to pay for all our expenses, we are so grateful for this donation and others like it," Evan Skinner, president of the Chatham Emergency Squad, said. "This has been a challenging time for us with increased expenses for PPE and decontamination equipment, so it is particularly meaningful. We extend our deepest appreciation to the Cougar Lacrosse Club and Art with Heart Designs.”

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Covid-19 prevented the Chatham Lacrosse Club from staging the festival – the end-of-season celebration for recreation lacrosse. The festival is a great day with all of the kindergarten through 7th-grade boys’ and girls’ teams dividing up and playing against their own teammates.  The day ends with the 8th graders playing against the coaches and an alumni game.  

Having to cancel was a heartbreaker but the CLC wanted some good to come from it. CLC proceeded with the creation and sale of event t-shirts and hats.

“We normally have to pay expenses that go along with festival – things like food, referees, etc.," said Kim Flynn of the Chatham Lacrosse Club. "We always manage to make a small charitable contribution afterward. This year, since we didn’t have any expenses, the board decided to donate 100% of the proceeds to the Emergency Squad.” 

Dave Sprague came up with an amazing design by adding lacrosse sticks to the Star of Life.  Art with Heart Designs boutique on Roosevelt Ave produced and distributed the t-shirts and hats.  You’ll see them around town this summer and if you’re interested in purchasing a shirt, sales are reopened until June 28

About the Chatham Emergency Squad:

The Chatham Emergency Squad is an all-volunteer organization funded nearly exclusively by donations. In 2019 the Chatham Emergency Squad responded to 1246 emergency calls in Chatham Township and Chatham Borough and provided mutual aid to neighboring communities of New Vernon, Madison and Summit on occasion. Chatham Emergency Squad never charges for its services. The Squad provides stand-by support for community events, such as the Chatham Turkey Trot, Fishawack, and school athletic events. The Squad also provided free CPR training to more than 400 residents, teachers, coaches, school crossing guards and emergency personnel, including fire and police.  To learn more, to donate or to volunteer, please visit