Paul Harbaugh, a long time resident of Westfield, will be honored at The Paul Jackson Fund “Giving Hope” Gala on Saturday, March 22nd at the Grand Summit Hotel.
Paul devotes considerable time to his community. He has coached PAL Football for over 20 years and is currently on the PAL Board of Directors. Paul is also the Chancellor of the Union County Rugby Association and spearheads an annual fundraising effort to assist a family who has sought help from The Paul Jackson Fund. Paul has been a positive influence for many boys; teaching athletic skills while also fostering a sense of helping others.
Paul is a trustee for the Westfield College Men’s Club, a 90 year old organization which raises money for young men needing assistance with college tuition. Paul was recently awarded a Cavalry Stetson from the 102nd Cavalry for his work with the Family Readiness Group, an organization based out of the Westfield Armory which supports soldiers and their families. Together with his daughter Mary Ella, Paul frequently participates in the Polar Bear Plunge in support of Special Olympics. He has been happily married to his high school sweetheart, Barbara, for 25 years, and is the proud father of two daughters, Elizabeth and Mary.
“We were thrilled when Paul approached us with the idea of teaming up with Union County Rugby. For the past four years their efforts have assisted a child in need. We are grateful for his friendship and his help, and we are so very pleased to honor him at our upcoming gala,” said Mary Jackson, President of The Paul Jackson Fund. In addition to his other contributions to The Fund, last summer Paul, along with a fellow Westfield resident Chris Jacob, went to extraordinary lengths to raise money for The Paul Jackson Fund. Paul and Chris participated in a six day, 155 mile race around Iceland under enormously difficult land and weather conditions.
The Paul Jackson Fund, located in Westfield, assists families who are experiencing a financial crisis because of a long term illness or disability. The Fund was started to help Paul Jackson when he became paralyzed from surgery to remove a spinal cord tumor. When Paul no longer needed the financial help, he assumed the leadership of The Fund and began helping other families in need. Paul passed away in 2009. His wish was for the work of The Fund to continue. Over the past 23 years, The Paul Jackson Fund has helped hundreds of families in need. For more information about The Paul Jackson Fund and to purchase tickets to the gala, please call 908-233-6110 or visit their website at www.pauljacksonfund.org.