Chatham Turkey Trot President Curt Ritter presented a check in the amount of $1,000 to Chatham Emergency Squad President Evan Skinner from the proceeds of last year’s event on Thanksgiving morning November 22, 2018. The 2018 event included nearly 1,000 participants, a record number in its 10-year history.

Chatham Turkey Trot is a non-profit organization that holds a 1-mile family fun run and a USA Track & Field certified 5K race through the scenic highlands of Chatham Township on Thanksgiving Day, with proceeds benefiting local first responder organizations (Chatham Township Fire Department and Chatham Emergency Squad) as well as the Diabetes Research Institute and the Barton Center for Diabetes Education.

“The Chatham Turkey Trot is a shining example of what makes Chatham a great community – combining a holiday tradition, a family and 5K run, with a selfless goal to support community and health services” stated Evan Skinner, President of the Chatham Emergency Squad. “The Chatham Emergency Squad greatly appreciates this donation to support the Squad’s community services.”

The Chatham Emergency Squad is an all-volunteer organization funded nearly exclusively by donations. In 2018 Chatham Emergency Squad responded to over 1,200 emergency calls in Chatham Township and Chatham Borough and provided mutual aid to neighboring communities of New Vernon, Madison and Summit on occasion. Chatham Emergency Squad never charges for its services. The Squad provides stand-by support for community events, such as the Chatham Turkey Trot, Fishawack, and school athletic events. The Squad also provided free CPR training to more than 400 residents, teachers, coaches, school crossing guards and emergency personnel, including fire and police. To learn more, to donate or to volunteer, please visit