Health & Wellness

Sparta Family Turns the Town Teal

Laura and Andrew Lopez with their children tying teal ribbons for ovarian cancer awareness Credits: Jennifer Dericks

SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta family is at it again, Turning the Town Teal to raise awareness of Ovarian Cancer and their family foundation.  The Teal organization, founded in 2007, coincided with Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in September.

Laura and Andrew Lopez both teachers at Sparta High School, together with their children tied ribbons in White Deer Plaza and along Main Street last week. They said their family is responsible for Turning the Town Teal in Edison, Woodbridge and Metuchen.  Sparta is their latest endeavor. 

They have been raising money to support ovarian cancer research and disseminate educational literatur since 2005.  Their 503c organization, Janice Lopez Ovarian Cnacer Foundation was founded in 2011 to honor the memory of Andrew’s mother.

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“We hold a number of small fundraising events throughout the year and try to have a presence at many local events to raise awareness and hand out educational literature. However, once a year we hold a large-scale fundraising event,” Andrew Lopez said.  “The event has always been ‘music centric’ as one of my older brothers is also a music teacher and our mother loved coming to our concerts.”

At the beginning, they “used to throw a big party at a local New Brunswick Bar” brining in local bands to play.  The annual event grew and was transformed into a Concert for a Cure that included a “live orchestra and Broadway singers.”

“This year we have transformed once again into the "TEAL NIGHT FOR LIFE"  on Saturday, October 7,” Andrew Lopez said.  “We are throwing a big outdoor party just outside the Rutgers Campus in New Brunswick featuring the Flying Ivories Piano Duo.”

This year the event is sponsored by Tito’s Vodka so there will be a stocked bar with beer, wine, and spirits as well as delicious pub fare served.

“It's going to be a fun party atmosphere where people can come to donate to a good cause, have great food, and dance to great music,” Andrew Lopez said. Tickets are on sale now.

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