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Group Thanks All for O'Donnell Fundraiser Support

The Catch You Later Foundation, LLC would like to thank everyone who came out on Saturday, July 23, an incredibly hot day to participate in the first scholarship softball game fundraiser held in memory of Tim and Bridget O’Donnell, who were tragically killed earlier this year.  

While the temperature was high, it did not stop folks from coming out and supporting our cause of raising awareness to make that potential lifesaving call and raising funds to send two senior high school students to college with a scholarship. 

Thank you to the Bayonne Little League for hosting us at their location, thank you to Johnny Vaccaro, Ray Spengler, Roger Malone, Gene Klump, Mike Lynch.  A special shout out to Melissa McKittrick, who spent the entire day manning the refreshment stand.   

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The day would not have gotten started without our very own Bayonne native Kevin O’Connor from CBS’ The Amazing Race and The Discovery Channel, who emceed the event and started the program off by introducing Elvia Ferraira, a former student of Tim O’Donnell, who belted out a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem. 

We cannot thank St. Anthony’s High School Basketball Coach Bob Hurley and his family enough for coming out and spending time with the kids, giving them some special basketball pointers during his mini-clinic. Thank you to former N.Y. Giant Bart Oates for coming down and signing autographs, taking pictures and allowing people to try on his two Super Bowl Rings.    

Special thanks to our sponsors: The Riu All Inclusive Hotel Chain, Crafty Fox Studio, BCB Bayonne Community Bank, Hudacko’s Pharmacy, Mortgage Plus, McCabe Ambulance, Cresci Law Firm, Famous Furs and CarePoint Health.  

Thank you to Dana McCarthy of Princess and a Pumpkin, Jillian Flores of Jill’s Bows, Lisa Matir of Perfectly Posh, Kuhl’s Tavern, Corkie Lisy of Corkies Creations all the way from Ohio, Reese’s Hair Pieces, The Big Apple Sports Palace, Kouvel Insurance Associates, Vital Signs, A Plus Custom Screen Printing, Star DJs, Party Maniacs, Erica at Magical Princess, Alex of 34th Sabrett Hot Dog, Kuhl’s Tavern, the N.J. Devils and the N.Y. Giants. 

To Barbara Kuzminski of The NJ Sharing Network and Nina Nelson at Crafty Fox Studios, thank you just seems inadequate for all you have done. Not only have you been an integral part of the event, but we thank you for your friendship and your never-wavering support of our cause.

To the two softball teams that consisted of former students, softball players, friends and family, thank you! The game itself was very much what Coach O’Donnell had always believed in; having fun on the field, friendly competition, and sportsmanship.  A great honor it was to both Coach O’Donnell and daughter Bridget.   

There truly are no words to adequately thank everyone appropriately; the city of Bayonne and the citizens, the local businesses; the event was only successful because of you. To the many volunteers and the CYLF Committee who have worked tirelessly and effortlessly the past few months to pull this event off, thank you!

With this all said and done, the message of the Catch You Later Foundation is ongoing. If you see someone on the road that you think could be a potential danger, please make that potential lifesaving call. Call 911 or call the New Jersey State Police Aggressive Driving Program by dialing #77. It only takes one phone call to save a life.

Our fundraising efforts are not over. If anyone would like to make a donation, please go to www.catchyoulater.org.

If you are interested in the scholarship, please email catchyou2later@outlook.com for more information. Applications can be downloaded at www.catchyoulater.org and they will be accepted through Aug. 15, 2016.

The first scholarship will be awarded to a Bayonne resident and 2016 high school graduate who attended any Hudson County-area school. The second scholarship will be awarded to a 2016 graduate of County Prep High School. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Thank you.

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