NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – With a common goal of promoting safe and healthy lifestyles for families, local businesses, civic organizations, churches and public servants took part in the First Annual Family Safety and Wellness Day, sponsored by TD Bank and New Providence Chiropractic.
Residents young and old gathered around the New Providence Fire Department’s “smoke house” Saturday to learn about fire safety and how to escape from a burning building. The FBI spoke with families about Internet safety and child ID kits. TD Bank presented important information about identity theft. New Providence Chiropractic’s Dr. Schlobohm partnered with Reihl Golf Academy’s Leon Grebla to teach coach residents on a pain-free golf swing.
“The purpose of the event is to help our community be healthier and happier,” said New Providence Chiropractic’s Dr. Mark Schlobohm. “We can do that through reaching out to our families and sharing resources with them.” A 20-year institution in New Providence, Dr. Schlobohm says that community involvement is a main focus of his practice.
The event was organized in part by Linda Kale, Public Relations director of the practice. “We look to sponsor anything that will help our families and help our community,” she said. Kale worked with Martha Jaynes of TD Bank to bring in organizations for the day’s festivities. “We were a very good team,” Jaynes said. “This has been a great day and we are so grateful for the turnout. At the end of the day, we don’t do anything in New Providence without the families.
In September alone, TD Bank gave $103,000 to local non-profits, churches and the fire department, Jaynes reported. “We give back as much as we can to the community. That’s what sets up apart.”
Various organizations provided entertainment to the passing crowds throughout the crisp fall day. Homegrown DJ Leigh Lombardo Cole showcased her musical talent. Across the Floor ballerinas and hip hop dancers sashayed around the parking lot, surrounded by a crowd of onlookers. PNC Bank offered pumpkin decorating and Ferdinand Jewelers provided information on the uplifting “bling” program that supports cancer patients.
More than a dozen local businesses and organizations set up tables and discussed their programs with attending families. Organizations present included Baby Power, Muscle Maker Grill, T Slack Remediation Specialists, Healthy Bones, Respira, Samuel M. VanChieri DMD of Dental Health, Make a Wish Foundation, Autism Education Foundation of MUJC and Sante Fe Centers.
“We plan to make this a yearly event and involve more businesses and organizations each year,” Schlobohm explained. “Considering today’s success, I am confident it will continue to grow.”