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Westfield's Paul Jackson Fund Raises Money with 5K

Credits: Jackie Lieberman
Credits: Jackie Lieberman
Credits: Jackie Lieberman
Josh Donnelly crosses the finish line first! Credits: Jackie Lieberman
PJF Director of Development Mary Doherty and PJF President Mary Jackson Credits: Jackie Lieberman
Team Kessler Rehabilitation Center Credits: Jackie Lieberman
Mark Doherty and Jessica Kramer of Orange Theory Fitness Credits: Jackie Lieberman
The team from Advanced Wellness of Westfield Credits: Jackie Lieberman
Eric Rodriguez and Ally Redmond of Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa Credits: Jackie Lieberman

CLARK, NJ — Hundreds of people of all ages and abilities participated in the Paul Jackson Fund’s Annual 5K, 2 Mile Walk and Kids’ Fun Run on Saturday, Sept. 21, at Oak Ridge Park in Clark. The fun-filled community event included refreshments, DJ, random prizes and kids’ activities.

The Paul Jackson Fund (PJF), started 22 years ago in Westfield, assists families who are in a financial crisis because of a long-term illness or disability. Over the years the PJF has assisted hundreds of families who found themselves in dire situations.

"It was a beautiful day," said Director of Development Mary Doherty. "The fund would like to thank our 300 participants, 30 volunteers, family, friends and our sponsors for making the 4th Annual 5K/ 2 Mile Walk/ Kids Fun Run a great success. Through their efforts the fund can continue to aid families facing difficult times due to medical crisis and continue Paul's mission."

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Watch the start of the 2 Mile Walk:

For more information about this event, to learn more about The Paul Jackson Fund or to make a donation, visit or call 908-233-6110. Click here to “like” the fund on Facebook and keep up with their latest news.

Coming up soon will be the Blue Jeans Ball Oct. 4 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Westfield Armory.  $10 admission includes music and a taste of the town, donated by local restaurants. Tickets may be purchased at the door.  March 22 at the Grand Summit Hotel the fund will hosts its second "Giving Hope" Gala.  A girls' party dress sale and a book sale will take place in early spring.

For additional photos from this event, visit The Alternative Press of Westfield’s Facebook page at

2013 race sponsors included:; Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital – Rahway; Investors Bank; Tiffany Natural Pharmacy; State Farm Insurance – Christine Cosenza; Dr. Mary Flanagan- Clark; ShopRite – Garwood; The Shannon Rose – Woodbridge; Applebee’s; Northfield Bank; Westfield Baseball League; Club West Fit Camp; Summit Medical Group; Happy Family Brand; Advanced Wellness of Westfield; The Law Offices of Lisa M. Black; Two River Community Bank; Snapple; Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa – Clark; Uno Chicago Grill; ShopRite – Clark; Dr. Besson DDS;  Road ID; AMC Loews—Mountainside; Snapple; Orange Theory Fitness—Garwood; Alaris Health at Riverton; Clark Podiatry Center; Fazio, Mannuzza, Roches, Tankel and LaPilusa LLC; Wells Fargo; and Starbucks.

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