ASBURY PARK, NJ – On Saturday, November 16 Thanks4Giving to benefit Special Olympics New Jersey (SONJ) will be held near Convention Hall in Asbury Park, NJ. This annual plunge has evolved into two great events, now incorporating a run along the boardwalk in the all new Turkey Dash 5K before plungers take the Turkey Splash in the crisp Atlantic Ocean.

Organized by the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR), the largest fundraising organization for SONJ, working alongside the city of Asbury Park, Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association, and the Borough of Bradley Beach, Thanks4Giving brings together individuals and teams to raise funds and awareness for over 26,000 Special Olympics New Jersey athletes.

“Plunges are the heart of our fundraising efforts for SONJ,” says Robert Belfiore, Director of the New Jersey LETR and Retired Chief of Port Authority Police of New York & New Jersey. “Giving participants the opportunity to have fun for a great cause and run or plunge side-by-side with the Special Olympics athletes that they are supporting is truly a rewarding experience. Our fundraisers get to see directly how the money they raise impacts the lives of so many.”

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This year’s Thanks4Giving is expected to raise nearly $40,000. Registration opens at 10:30 a.m. at the Grand Arcade in Asbury Park, the Dash 5K begins at 11:30 a.m. and plungers go into the water at 1:00 p.m. Onsite registration will be available, and following the Plunge, all are invited to The Wonder Bar for the Post-Plunge Bash – free for anyone who plunged and $10 for everyone else.

Thanks4Giving in Asbury Park is also made possible by sponsors Hollston Realty Group and Northeast Home Construction, with contributions from Madison Marquette, the owners of Asbury Park Convention Hall and The Wonder Bar.

For more information on Thanks4Giving, visit www.thx4giving.org and photos will be available shortly after the event at https://www.flickr.com/photos/sonewjersey/albums.

ABOUT SPECIAL OLYMPICS NEW JERSEY: For the past 50 years, Special Olympics New Jersey has provided year-round sports training and athletic competition in 24 Olympic-type sports for more than 26,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities, completely free of charge. Through the joy and power of sports, athletes are provided opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. Visit www.sonj.org for more information.

ABOUT THE LAW ENFORCEMENT TORCH RUN: The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) is part of an international campaign for Special Olympics coordinated and managed by all divisions of Law Enforcement officers and officials from throughout the world whose mission is to raise dollars and awareness of the Special Olympics movement worldwide. The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics New Jersey has been recognized for many years as one of the top grassroots fundraising organizations for Special Olympics worldwide. In 2018, the LETR for Special Olympics New Jersey raised more than $4.1 million. Other events sponsored by the Law Enforcement Torch Run include multiple Polar Bear Plunges, multiple 5Ks, multiple golf outings, the United Airways Plane Pull and many other local events.