MADISON, NJ  – Community businesses have come out in force to support the Madison Education Foundation’s (MEF) 12th annual Madison 5KRun, Walk and Kids’ Fun Run being held May 3rd at Madison High School at 170 Ridgedale Avenue, Madison.  

Sponsorship of the Madison 5K is critical in making the event a success and this year’s 53 sponsors have contributed nearly $34,000 to the event. 

“For the last several years our increasing event participation has meant that registration covers all operating costs,” says MEF President Mary Schaenen.

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“This means that every sponsor dollar we receive supports our enrichment grants.  We are very appreciative of our returning sponsors as well as the many new companies who have offered their support.”

Lead sponsors provide vital funding that makes the Madison 5K a success and include: ConnectOne Bank; Aon; Brinker Capital, Inc.; Pfizer; Kriegman & Smith; Linde, Hansen & Co., LLC; Quest Diagnostics; Starting Line Sports; The Printer’s Place; Acrow Bridge; FLAG Group at Morgan Stanley; The Hampshire Companies; Lanca Sales; Mariner Wealth Advisors; Pipe Works Services and Total Health Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Center; Behind the Wheel with Carmen; Breakaway Prep; Investors Bank; Madison Animal Hospital; Madison Area YMCA, Professional Physical Therapy & Training; Smythe Volvo, Inc.; The Princeton Review; Tri-County Orthopedics and VisionFirst. 

An additional 27 sponsors contributed at the $250 level and may be found at the Foundation’s website, www.mefnj.org.

Madison 5K pre-registration is encouraged and is available online atwww.mefnj.org.  Check-in begins at 9 a.m.; the 5K race starts at 10a.m.. 

Kids’ Fun Runs (10 and under) take place at 11a.m.on the high school track.  Race Bag pick-up will be available on Friday, May 1st from 9:30a.m.to 6:00p.m. and Saturday, May 2nd from 9:30a.m. to 5:00p.m. at Starting Line Sports, 40 Main Street, Madison.  Bags can also be picked up on the morning of the race at Madison High School and walk-ins are welcome.

“Proceeds from The Madison 5K will help support our upcoming Spring Grant Cycle and assist us in meeting requests from District teachers,” says Schaenen. 

On March 9th, the Foundation approved 10 educational enrichment grants totaling $17,300. These grants will impact Madison students at the elementary, junior school and high school levels.  Combined with grants approved during the Fall Cycle, teachers in Madison schools have been awarded more than $70,000 in educational enrichment grants this year, with an additional grant cycle still to come.

The Madison Education Foundation (MEF) awards grants to K-12 teachers for initiatives that energize the creative and academic lives of students but are above and beyond the school budget. Since its inception in 2003, MEF has awarded more than $920,000 in grants.  MEF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Donations can be mailed to PO Box 1093 Madison NJ  07940 or submitted online.

Visitwww.mefnj.org or e-mail info@mefnj.org for more information.