EAST HANOVER, NJ - Monday evening's First-Responders' Challenge at Funplex between the East Hanover and Florham Park Police departments, had a very happy ending! Even though the East Hanover team won, they decided to share their prize with the competition making everyone that left a winner!

The real winners will be the charities of choice of both departments that will benefit from a free fundraising event, hosted in the near future by Funplex.  The moneys raised from that event will be given to the philanthropies designated by both police departments.

“Lots of smiles, laughs, and great food last night, and all to benefit one great cause … which quickly turned into two!” said Funplex CEO, Brian Williams. “What could be better? These two local police departments – with family and friends cheering from the sidelines – cooked, raced, and sweated it out. Now, I can’t wait to watch both teams get together again during their joint fundraiser.”

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The First Responders Challenge was an extremely competitive – and really fun -- evening of Go-Kart racing, Hyper-bowling, and a culminating, Jersey Shore boardwalk-style food cook-off.  Judges for the cook-off – which featured each team preparing a food item of its choice – were actress Rylee King; culinary expert Karen Fischer; and blogger Yully Hernandez.

The backdrop for the event was the Funplex’s all-new, $5 million boardwalk area. Themed as iconic Jersey shore, the boardwalk features two new indoor rides, “Reverse Time” and “Drop-N-Twist”. The upgraded entertainment space is the first location in the state to offer HyperBowling, an interactive set of bowling-related games designed around an innovative bumper system. In addition, there is a 6 lane VIP bowling suite, a reconfigured go-kart track, and a restaurant that offers a wide variety of food options.