RANDOLPH, NJ- Dr. David Simon, co-owner of Randolph Pain Relief and Wellness Center, has been the driving force behind the Community Wellness Day event that has taken place at Randolph Middle School three times over the past four years.
For many residents, businesses, and township departments, it has become an important event on the calendar that brings the Randolph community together.
“My vision of the word “Community” means people coming together to work as a team, it’s rather simple and straight forward,” said Simon. “It was not until I began organizing the Wellness Day Event that I realized how helpful the Randolph community was; especially all of the Randolph Township Departments who have done everything possible to help make this event fun and educational for everyone.”
The 2018 version took place on Saturday Mar. 24, and just like in years past, it saw the Randolph Middle School bustling with residents visiting exhibitor booths and mingling with neighbors during the afternoon hours.
“The attendees seemed to really enjoy the event,” said Simon. “There were lots of free food samples, music, games for the kids, demonstrations and, of course, 50 exhibitors including local business, Town Departments and non-profit organizations sharing information about health and wellness.”
Randolph Pain Relief and Wellness Center is passionate about hosting and organizing the event. Claire Keller, the Community Outreach and Business Development Director for the Center, worked with Simon to manage the behind-the-scenes day-to-day planning of the event.
“A lot of blood, sweat and tears goes into planning an event of this size with so many moving parts,” said Keller. “There are several months of planning to make it all come together. This year we asked each exhibitor take ownership of the marketing of the event and we feel that their involvement and enthusiasm helped to publicize the event to an even larger crowd than ever before.”
One of the great side-effects of the event is the many partnerships that have formed among the exhibitors over the years. Businesses have taken advantage of the opportunity to network with each other and explore how they can work together in other ways.
Randolph YMCA, Pediatric Dental Associates, CKO Kickboxing, Goddard School or Randolph, and CCM were just some of the exhibitors supporting the event and helping share a variety of info about health and wellness.
“The exhibitors felt very positively about the event and enjoyed the opportunity to have conversations with the attendees,” said Simon. What helped make it a success was the exhibitors’ enthusiasm about spreading the word, as well as the many volunteers we had who helped it run smoothly.”
Keller was quick to point out that the Middle School and Township representatives were instrumental and helpful as well.
“We are so fortunate to hold the event at Randolph Middle School; RMS Principal, Dr. Dennis Copeland was incredibly cooperative from start to finish,” said Keller. “Town Manager, Steve Mountain helped to coordinate the various Town Departments that participated, including the Health, Recreation, Police and Fire Departments as well as the Randolph Rescue Squad.”
With the incredible amount of time and effort that goes into pulling off the event, Simon was asked why he does it.
“At Randolph Pain Relief and Wellness Center, we are passionate about health and wellness and want to share that passion and expertise with the community at large,” said Simon. “One important example is our ability to help patients find conservative alternatives to opioids. Pain is complicated and there are many ways to address it that do not involve addictive medicines. We hope all of the businesses involved bring knowledge and tips such as this to the community so that individuals have the ability to make educated decisions about their own health.”