Love and Alumni Know No Boundaries
EAST HANOVER, N.J.-Almost a week ago a horrible car accident took the live of Newton High School junior Lexi Faye, the day after her prom, and critically injured three of her friends, Anthony Burke, Maria Fiore, and Nicholas Chavarria. George Muha, founder of Morris-Sussex Sports, a community dedicated to reporting and supporting teams and sports in both Morris and Sussex counties was quick to organize a white ribbon campaign and call to action to the MSS following ;
“ Morris-Sussex schools always do a tremendous job representing our area to the rest of the state with grit, resiliency and class on the playing field. Now lets show one of our own communities how we can use those same qualities to love and support them through this difficult time”
Moved after seeing that post, Daniela Riverso, president of the Hanover Park PTO, messaged HP’s administration, Tom Callanan and Sergio Silva requesting a white out at the school to support Newton High School. May 23 officially became Newton Strong White Out at Hanover Park High School. She donated white ribbons and asked the students to sell them, donating the profits to the scholarship foundation set up in Lexi's honor.
Muha, a Hanover Park alumni athlete, saw Riverso moving the ball down the field and thought, “she is going to make this happen…..we have work to do.” Muha’s second call to action in support of May 23 Newton Strong Day opened the gates and the grit and resilience he mentioned just days before drove to the endzone, and quick;
“ May 23 wil be ‘Newton Strong Day’ at Hanover Park High School. HP hopes they will inspire other Morris-Sussex schools to follow suit to help the Newton community and families be comforted in their time of sorrow. * Spearheaded by members of their PTO and administration, Hanover Park who has had their share of tragedy through the years, took it upon themselves with this initiative to try to do their small part to try to comfort their fellow Morris-Sussex community in need.”
In just two days, over fifty businesses and schools have donated to the official Lexi Faye Heart of Gold Scholarship Fund, and declared they too, will be ‘white out’ on May 23. The first to join include Parisi of Morristown and Ivy Rehab & Phyiscal Therapy.
But that is not all. Check out the beautiful video Matt Gizzi of Gizzi productions created to support the families featuring footage from the memorial Newton High School held.
Muha felt strongly this would happen. “ No community or family deserves to go through the heartbreak of losing a teenager so abruptly. When that happens, everyone feels so helpless. I think this campaign is making everyone feel like they are at least doing something,” he shared.
Riverso, is no stranger to giving back, an organizer of many community functions, she takes no credit, “ I am only as strong as my village, “ she said.
As of Friday afternoon, a T-shirt campaign through Custom Ink launched and surpassed the goal, so shirts are in production. To order or donate to the scholarship fund, click here. 100 percent of the profits will go to the official Lexi Faye Heart of Gold Scholarship.
There is still plenty of time to support this amazing movement. Message Muha on his social media platforms, Facebook and Instagram and stay up to date on the donations and white out participants that continue to pour in as this published.
If you are anywhere near the Morris Sussex area on May 23, grab a white ribbon, offer up some words of encouragement, send a message on through Morris-Sussex channels, support any of the businesses who will be participating and, as Muha poignantly put it, “tell your loved ones you love them and hold them a little closer today.”