Freeholder Chair Mirabella, Vice Chair Estrada, Freeholders Hudak and Granados, and County Manager Oatman had hair cut to raise funds to assist victims of domestic violence

UNION COUNTY---Union County Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella and Freeholder Vice Chairman Angel Estrada, Freeholders Christopher Hudak, Sergio Granados and County Manager Ed Oatman raised more than $10,000 in donations through their “Union County Home Haircut Challenge” for the YWCA of Union County.

The event was broadcast live Thursday night on Facebook, and the donations will be used to fund the YWCA’s domestic violence programs. The event was emceed by Assemblywoman Linda Carter (D-22), and also featured Jennifer Vriens, Director of Development and Marketing of the YWCA of Union County.

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“While we all had long-overdue haircuts, we were able to use this opportunity to help victims of domestic violence, as unfortunately, the numbers have spiked during the pandemic,” said Freeholder Chair Al Mirabella. “On behalf of my colleagues, I would like to thank all those who made donations, as well as Assemblywoman Linda Carter, who emceed the event, my Freeholder colleagues and County Manager for their participation.”

The Freeholder men came up with the idea of helping victims of domestic violence and creating the theme for the event. Family members and/or friends of the participated in giving the haircuts.

“This was a creative way to raise awareness about domestic violence issues, and help the YWCA in their mission to assist victims of domestic violence,” said Freeholder Christopher Hudak. “We were able to share a special moment with friends and family, and we thank all those who took the time to donate money to a worthy cause.”

Vice Chair Estrada added: “I’d like to thank all who took the time to donate, and watch the program. We all needed haircuts, and I am glad that we were able to use this opportunity to raise funds for victims of domestic violence.” 

Freeholder Granados said: “I thank all those who took the time to make donations, and watch our haircuts. The County has been at the forefront of assisting victims of domestic violence through the numerous programs we run directly and through partnerships, and we were once again able to raise funds and continue to help our residents in need.”

County Manager Oatman stated: “I thank the many friends and residents who reached out and made donations. We hope this event raised awareness and encourages others to assist victims of domestic violence in our community.”

Donations can still be made to the YWCA, through the Union County Home Haircut Challenge Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1215503408781513/.