BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -  On Saturday, Berkeley Heights finest traded in their badges for bragging rights over a softball game —  in the third annual Mayor's Cup charity softball game that raises funds for the projects supported by the Veterans Memorial  Park Committee.

It's a game that brings the community together.-- families and children lined the field, cheering on their dads and local heroes. 

The Police Department dominated at bat ultimately capturing the Mayor's Cup trophy for the third consecutive year. 

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Before Mayor Bob Woodruff presented the Mayor's Cup to the Police Department for the third consecutive year, both sides stood for photos. Although the police can claim bragging rights, both sides know the veterans are the real winner of the game. 

"It's another great event -- nice hard fought game but once again, the veterans win," said Police Chief John DiPasquale. "They are the winners here and that's all that matters."

The game was free to attend, donations were accepted and pizza, hot dogs, and baked goods were for sale, as well as a 50/50 raffle.  

The charity game began as the kick-off fundraiser to renovate Veterans Memorial Park. The Police and Fire Departments quickly stepped up under the leadership of Police Chief John DiPasquale and Fire Chief Tony Padovano to host the game honoring our Veterans and military personnel.  Many Veterans now serve in these departments, and giving back to honor our service men and women quickly became a priority of both. 

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Donations are welcome and are tax deductible. Contributions can be made online at www.BHMemorialPark.com or by check payable and mailed to: Veterans Memorial Park Renewal Committee, 29 Park Ave., Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922. 

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The Veterans have launched the Friends of 6259 Membership Campaign to seek to foster and strengthen collegiality among its members and the Veteran community. Its mission is to provide the local VFW Post with assistance for:

  • Programs and activities for Veterans
  • Support services for Veterans and their families
  • Outreach, aid, and comfort programs to Veterans and those living in Veteran Homes and Facilities
  • Maintaining and improving the physical plant and equipment of the VFW Post 6259 building and grounds
  • Assist with annual expenses of operating VFW Post 6259

The Membership form can be found here and the Volunteer form can be found here.  Members are welcome at Post activities, service programs, events and (for those age 21+) the Post Canteen " the Foxhole."  Contribution amounts are tax deductible and community donations are sincerely appreciated and may be sent payable to: 
VFW Post 6259
P.O. Box 83, Berkeley Heights NJ 07922. 

For more information, please contact Stephen Falk at 908-665-6896.