UNION, NJ – A  generous donation on behalf of Union High School, the result of week-long fundraising events last month, was made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for the advancement of cures and prevention of pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment.

A check for $16,650, over $3,000 more than last year, was donated to the research hospital.  More than $51,000 has been donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by Union High School over the last five years.

The week of events was organized by Union High School teachers Cheryl Fiske, Kevin Feeley and Dana Bobertz.  Fiske said this year the fundraiser was expanded from one event to a full week of activities. “Our students were more involved than ever,” she said.

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Events included several components.  About 100 Union High School students volunteered to work together at their First Annual St. Jude Rally, selling t-shirts and wristbands and a loose change drop off throughout the week, raising almost $700.

A successful St. Jude Classic Pasta Night fundraising event was held on December 8, with food donated by local restaurant Johnny Napkins.  Organized by the Union High School baseball and softball teams, students set-up, cleaned and did all the serving at the first annual event. 

The Union Farmers basketball team won the St. Jude Classic in double overtime.  Union was ultimately able to pull ahead for good in the second overtime, as the Farmers flaunted tremendous depth to start off the season with a dramatic win, 73-72, over Plainfield Thursday. Fiske said several of the other teams’ coaches asked to be involved next year because “the event was one of the best and most organized events they’ve been a part of.”

According to Fiske, this year saw more t-shirt sales and sponsorships than ever, with more food at the snack stand donated from more local restaurants.

Sponsors of the fundraising events included:

Level 1

  • Union Township Education Association
  • Cuban Club of Elizabeth
  • Johnny Napkins
  • 2k Printing and Promotions

Level 2

  • Savit Corporation
  • Springfield Knights of Columbus
  • The Feeley Family
  • Kathy Wilczek (spelling???)
  • Union Democratic Municipal Committee
  • Senator Joe Cryan
  • Rotary Club of Union
  • Mr G’s Embroidery
  • Ramblewood Country Club 

Level 3

  • Union Teener League
  • Union Little League
  • Suffragettes
  • IMG International Motor Group
  • Atlantic Physical Therapy
  • Union Wrestling
  • Chic-Fil-A
  • UHS 5th Quarter Club
  • Tito’s Burritos
  • Chevy’s of Linden
  • Get Stuffed Jersey
  • Wingstop
  • Cozy Corner
  • Applebee’s
  • BurgerIM
  • Toronto Raptors and Kyle Lowry 

Level 4

  • Columbiettes of Union
  • Unity Bank
  • The Zuena Family
  • Yo Addiction
  • HQ Salon of Kenilworth
  • Krispy Kreme
  • Master Pizza
  • Duck Donuts
  • Huck Finn Diner
  • Red Cadillac
  • Tiff’s
  • Stagehouse Mountainside
  • Dairy Queen of Union
  • NYC Bagels and Deli
  • Cafe Z
  • Chipotle
  • Dava
  • Padonno’s Pizzeria
  • Cioffi’s
  • McGee & Ciaccio Families