UNION, NJ – Hosted by Union’s Chamber of Commerce and held at The AVE, the 9th Annual Kick-Off for the Mayor’s Day 5k event was held Thursday evening with Township Committee members, event sponsors, Chamber members and guests.

The proceeds from this year’s Mayor’s Day 5K, will be donated to Dave Cuozzo, a 25-year Union Police Department veteran, in his fight against Transverse Myelitis. 

“We always enjoy our 5K event because it is a true community event,” said the Chamber’s Executive Director Jim Masterson.  “We thank you so, so very much.”

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“I want to thank the Chamber of Commerce for sponsoring this wonderful event,” said Union Mayor Michele Delisfort.  “Unfortunately, Officer Dave Cuozzo, a husband and father of four, has been fighting Transverse Myelitis.  His friends and police officer peers have really come together to raise funds to accommodate his lifestyle.”  Delisfort added, “Dave has given so much to this community and I feel that this is the least we can do to help him out.”

Standing in for Cuozzo at the event, recently retired Union Police Lieutenant Robert Christie said, “Dave is a great guy.  He sends his regrets that he couldn’t be here today, but he promises he will be at the 5K.”

Christie said he had to honor of working for the town for 30 years and has known Dave since he began on the force.  “We try to stick together as a family.  They say we’re brothers, and that’s really true.”

 Christie said Cuozzo has been suffering with Transverse Myelitis for six years, and initially became paralyzed and couldn’t breath and was put on life support.

“He’s on the mend,” said Christie.  “He’s confirmed to his power chair during the day.  At home, he’s in a hospital bed.  His family’s gone through a lot.  We’ve tried to stay with him over the years.  We’ve been a team and a family.   Dave’s a family man.  He’s trying to take care of his familyand it’s very difficult for him.  This is why we appreciate everyone’s support.”

This year’s event sponsors include:

Event Sponsor: 

  • Shake a Paw Center for Rescue and Adoption

Presenting Sponsor: 

  • Union Township Board of Education

Gold Sponsor:

  • City MD
  • The Gateway Family YMCA
  • Overlook Medical Center/Atlantic Health
  • UTEA

Silver Sponsor:

  • Allstate
  • BCB Community Bank
  • Buy Wise Auto Parts/Samuels, Inc.
  • Cozy Corner Deli and Caterers
  • Galloping Hill Caterers
  • Kinder Pediatric Urgent Care
  • Maplecrest Ford Lincoln
  • Northfield Bank
  • Prudential Advisors
  • Union Municipal Drug Alliance

Media Sponsor:

  • TAPinto Union

Bronze Sponsor:

  • Elevation Services
  • Hehl Law Offices of Javerbaum/Wurgaft
  • Progressive Edge Physical Therapy
  • Union Dermatology and Skin Care Center
  • JAG Physical Therapy
  • Batteries + Bulbs
  • ConnectOne Bank

Friend Sponsor:

  • Boys and Girls Club of Union County
  • Egglrock Nutrition
  • Cynthia McGhee Insurance
  • First Baptist Church of Vauxhall
  • Friends of the Union Library
  • Golden Krust Restaurant
  • Anytime Fitness
  • Emerald Dental Spa
  • City Fire Equipment Company
  • Levajac and Associates
  • Major Printing Company
  • RSI Bank of Rahway
  • NJ Arts World
  • The Theater Project
  • Union Center SID
  • Union Township Historical Socity
  • Veterinary Emergency Group

Supporting Sponsor:

  • AVE
  • Joel Simpson Photography
  • Union Township Police Department