BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Berkeley Heights Youth Soccer Club held a 3 V 3 soccer tournament at Snyder Avenue Park hosting about 100 players from second to seventh grade. This friendly competition raised funds for the Friends of the Berkeley Heights Recreation Commission.
Friends of the Berkeley Heights Recreation Commission is a 501c3 set up by the Recreation Commission for fundraising activities that support field improvements among other projects. They kicked off their fundraising efforts this past spring by partnering with the PAL with the John Laposky Memorial Home Run Derby which was held immediately following the PAL Opening Day festivities.
With limited field use in Berkeley Heights, the multi-sport committee of the Friends of the Berkeley Heights Recreation Commission recognize the need for more turf fields, especially in the spring when the grass field use is severely restricted. If it were up to 3V3 tournament organizers Chris McGowan and Amy Futterman, they would #TurfEverything -- as their shirts stated.
Debbie Varnerin, who represents the BHYSC and the Friends of the Berkeley Heights Recreation Commission, said their goal would be to turf lower Columbia Park. "It is not only helping lower Columbia and helping the town sports, but you are also helping the schools too. The years that we had the bad weather -- the fields were unusable," she said.
Future fundraisers include a football event around Thanksgiving, lacrosse in the spring and the second annual John Laposky Memorial Home Run Derby.
Hamburgers and hotdogs were sold, as well as treats from The Snack Shack. In addition, there were raffles that included an autographed soccer jersey.