To The Editor:
Eleven years and over $1,135,000.00 raised, now these statistics are something to celebrate Nutley. It has been my honor and privilege to host the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life event through the Department of Parks and Public Property for the past eleven years.
On Friday, May 19, 2017 cancer survivors, caregivers, volunteers, friends and family congregated upon DeMuro Park for a “Hope Lives Here” celebration. The weather was perfect as 72 teams came out to support this event that will touch the lives of so many people now and for years to come.
An event of such magnitude certainly does not happen without a team of people behind it. The Relay For Life Committee began to meet in October and continued to plan this grand event until it unfolded on May 19, 2017. I would like to personally thank our ACS partner, Austin DeSavino and Heather Soto, the Chair of this year’s event for their dedication and hard work. I would also like to thank the entire committee, the Public Safety Department, and each and every individual that took the time to help Nutley “Finish the Fight”. Last but certainly not least I would like to thank my Parks Department for all of their hard work and preparation for this event and all of the fundraising events that led up to it.
The preliminary numbers are in and our current total for 2017 is $80,000.00 and climbing! The community involvement in this event is tremendous and I would be remiss if I did not mention some of the businesses that go above and beyond the call of duty. A sincere and heartfelt thank you to Nutley Park Shoprite for creating a survivor dinner that was nothing less than spectacular, Ralph’s Pizzeria for donating our kick off dinner every year, Chevy’s Fresh Mex for donating their entire proceeds the evening of our event, Montclair Radiology, Clara Maass Medical Center and TAPinto for continuous coverage and support of our Relay For Life event.
This event is a spectacular display of how our community continuously comes together to fight for a cause we truly believe in. As long as I am lucky enough to sit as Commissioner of the Department of Parks and Public Property this event will live on in the Township of Nutley.
Mauro G. Tucci