FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Fanwood Grille (34 South Martine Ave.) will host the first annual Pig Roast and BBQ that will also raise money for The Jam Kancer in The Kan Foundation on Saturday, Sept. 9 (rain date: Sunday, Sept. 10) from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Attendees can get a burgers, hot dog or roasted pork with three sides at $15 per plate. Sides will include homemade cornbread, New Orleans Cajun rice, macaroni and cheese, baked bean casserole, mashed sweet potatoes with brown sugar and marshmallow, Mexican street corn, coleslaw or Fanwood Grille loaded potato salad. Pork will be served with one of four different BBQ sauces (Memphis, Kansas City, Texas, or Carolina).

Additionally, there will be a Pita Bar serving falafel and shawarma pitas. Rocko’s will introduce its new Acai Bowls, and Nick’s Pizza will serve pizza. A portion of the day’s sales from each stand will go to the Kan Jam Foundation. All beverages will be sold by Kan Jam for Kancer Foundation.

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The event will extend outside to the Fanwood public plaza behind the stores on Martine Ave.

“I want through my support behind this effort, which produces many benefits. It’ll will be the first major community event of the fall in Fanwood,” said Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr. “An added, and even more important, benefit is that we will be raising funds to battle cancer, a disease that touches us all. I look forward to seeing everyone there.”

Kups For Kancer Fundraiser at Three Local Stores

In addition to the pig roast and BBQ fundraiser, The Jam Kancer in The Kan Foundation is partnering with The Fanwood Grille, Rocko’s Ice Cream and Nick’s Pizza to help raise money as part of its annual "Kups For Kancer" campaign.

Starting on Saturday, Sept.9, until Monday, October 9, people can participate by purchasing a "Kup For Kancer" 15 oz. double-wall insulated dishwasher-safe hot/cold cup with sip-through lid. In return for a donation of $20, Kup owners are entitled to the following unlimited free-refills at any of the establishments until October 9th:

  • Fanwood Grille – Kups can be used for brewed coffee, lemonade or fountain soda
  • Rocko’s Ice Cream – Full slushy or a half-kup of soft serve ice cream
  • Nick’s Pizza – Fountain soda or Nick’s famous marinara sauce

“Nick's Pizza support of our efforts has been unwavering as both an original sponsor of the Jam Kancer in The Kan tournament but also as a founding sponsor of the Junior Jammers Kups For Kancer Lemonade stand,” said Jamey Crimmins, co-founder of the Jam Kancer In The Kan Foundation.  “An initial conversation with Paul Watterson evolved into three businesses allowing us to promote our Kups For Kancer initiative. We are incredibly grateful for the Watterson family's support and helping us to make a difference in this community.”

A limited supply of Kups will be made available for purchase in blue, pink and yellow colors. To reserve yours today, please go to https://www.crowdrise.com/kups-for-kancer1.The cost of each Kup is $20. When making your donation be sure to indicate the color of the Kups you will be purchasing, and then bring your printed receipt to The Fanwood Grille, Rocko's Ice Cream or Nick's Pizza to receive your Kup. Any remaining Kups not pre-sold will be available for purchase at any of the three stores beginning on Saturday, September 9th. 

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month 

Childhood cancer continues to be the #1 disease killer of children. Despite major advances – from an overall survival rate of 10 percent just fifty years ago to nearly 90 percent today, for many rare cancers, the survival rate is much lower, according to Curesearch.org. Further, the number of diagnosed cases annually has not declined in nearly 20 years. Every day, 43 children are diagnosed with cancer.

The Jam Kancer In The Kan Foundation supports organizations such as the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Recently, in a huge development for the field of pediatric cancer research, the FDA approved a personalized cellular therapy developed by CHOP and the University of Pennsylvania. This new therapy removes some of a cancer patient's cells, re-engineers them, and then returns them to the body to attack cancer cells. It is the first FDA-approved therapy of its kind. The Jam Kancer In The Kan Foundation is a donor-advised fund operating under the umbrella of the Community Foundation of New Jersey. Tax-Id # 22-2281783.