SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The borough of South Plainfield on Friday, Feb. 7 participated in the American Heart Association’s National Wear Red Day for Woman, which was started in 2003. It takes place the first Friday each February.

National Wear Red Day’s goal is to bring attention and awareness to the risk of cardiovascular disease among women. In a 2003 study, it was revealed that heart disease was the number one killer of women, and more women each year die of heart disease than men.

In 2013 South Plainfield employees raised $735 on National Wear Red for Women Day. It was the second-largest donation by municipal employees in New Jersey. Mayor Matthew P. Anesh once again issued a fundraising challenge. Anesh agreed to match a $1 donation for each “Like” of the employee photo on the Borough’s Facebook Page. The donation total was capped at $500.  The number of Facebook “Likes” was at nearly 700 at the time of this story.

“I am proud of the employees’ dedication to such a good cause," Anesh said. "A year ago when I decided to match the 'likes' on Facebook, I thought it would be a way to raise some money for a great cause and have some fun.  I never thought it would get such a tremendous response.”