MADISON, NJ - Quest Diagnostics and the Borough of Madison teamed up for the sixth annual QuestCares Annual Charity Softball Game at Dodge Field in Madison on Thursday.
Madison's team won the game, 27-15, with Mayor Bob Conley serving as the captain for Madison while Steve Rusckowski, chief executiuve officer and president of Quest Diagnostics, served as company’s team captain. Funds raised by the event were designated for the American Cancer Society and the local nonprofit, Project Community Pride. Admission was free and music was provided by the local band “Group Therapy,” led by Madison resident, Mark Fabyanski.
Project Community Pride of the Madison Area YMCA is a local nonprofit agency that serves the families of Madison, Florham Park, and Chatham Borough providing at-risk youth and local families with clinical mental health services including individual and group therapy
Brigitte Kelly, a full-time counselor and the Director of Project Community Pride, said, “We are grateful to Quest Diagnostics for continuing to support this event. An important part of our mission is to increase awareness of mental health issues in our community. This is a great way to do that.”
Diane Mann, chief executive officer for the Madison Area YMCA, added, “The Madison Y is deeply grateful for the support. This event shows a great community spirit for causes that deal with wellness and mental health.” Mann also pointed out the Project Community Pride has been in existence for more than 30 years. It has just become part of the Madison Y this year and she said it is a natural place for the program to be housed. “The Y is all about being a safe place for youth,” Mann said.
Barb Short, director of Corporate Social Responsibility for Quest Diagnostics, told TAP into Madison, “The QuestCares Annual Charity Softball Game is led by our CEO, our CFO and other senior executives. It demonstrates and reflects our company’s ongoing commitment to the community.”
Esther Lofgren, 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist and the Community Wellness Ambassador for Quest Diagnostics, said, “I love working in the area. New Jersey is a wonderful state and I am delighted to be in Madison. It truly has a hometown feel.”
Alison Vansteyn, who works for Quest Diagnostics, was one of the many volunteers that contributed to the success of the charity softball game. She said, “It’s wonderful to be in Madison. It is a community that is our company’s home base.”
Over the course of three years, Quest Diagnostics employees have raised more than $5 million for their employee-elected charity, the American Cancer Society, which is the largest volunteer health organization in the country. In partnership with the Madison community, more than $26,000 has been raised through the annual softball games, benefiting the society as well as community-based nonprofits.