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NP Night Out in New Providence Helps Fund Athletic Fields

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Credits: Kimberly Bolognini
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The New Providence Athletic Foundation sold NP gear and had several raffles to help pay off the last portion of the field. Credits: K. Bolognini
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New Providence Athletic Foundation: Treasurer Michael Detlet; Board member Jim Madden; foundation supporter, Scott McGrath; Secretary Kathleen Pellas; Board member Allison Smith; Vice-President Bill Harvey; and Board member Kevin Carroll. Credits: K. Bolognini
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Varsity team members help coordinate games for the community's children. Credits: K. Bolognini
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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The Athletic Foundation held its second annual New Providence Night Out in an effort to completely pay off the recently renovated field and track at the high school.

Member of the foundation and town councilman, Jim Madden, told TheAlternativePress.com that this was the eighth fundraiser and hopefully the last one needed to make the final repayment of $15,000.

“The entire field, which cost $1 million, was paid for with private contributions and grants,” Madden said.  “We were able to complete this without any tax payer impact, so hopefully we can pay the rest of our debts off after tonight.”

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He added that the board decided to open the event up to families and children because “they will be the ones to utilize the field in years to come”.

Bill Harvey, former football coach and vice-president of the NP Athletic Foundation, said that the night was truly about the foundation and the community’s children.

“This field has become a magnet for kids of all ages,” Harvey said.  “We’re really impressed with how much it is a staple for community activity.”

Harvey said that among the games for children, the Knicks Groove Truck was on the property to practice free throws.  There were also numerous football and soccer games being organized by the high school’s varsity team members. 

Madden added that the Pioneer Cup races were also a big hit, as children get quite competitive during race, so their elementary school will take ownership of the Cup for the rest of the school year.

 “We have a great turn out and the kids really seem to love the interaction with the varsity players,” Harvey said.

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