FAIRFIELD, NJ — Despite rain in the forecast, the fourth annual Fairfield Family Fun Day/Kick Off to Summer event at the Hollywood Avenue park this weekend, sponsored by the Fairfield Municipal Alliance Committee and the Fairfield Township Police Department, went on without a hitch this weekend and an estimated 1500 residents attended.
The event began with the annual police department vs. fire department softball game, which the police department won, 18-2.
“Even though we lost, everyone had a good time,” said Firefighter Joe Przybylinski, whose son, Joseph, Jr., and wife, Joanne, were at the game to cheer on the firefighters.
“I am excited to see my dad play,” his son said. “May the best team win.”
“These games are a lot of fun,” said Joanne.
Those in the stands cheered on firefighters and police officers alike, as many stated that they were glad the rain held off for the friendly match-up.
Each year, the softball game raises money for a Fairfield family in need. This year, the proceeds from the softball game, bocce ball tournament and additional funds collected during Fairfield Family Fun Day will total close to $5,000, according to Police Chief Anthony Manna, and will go to the Perez family.
“In November of 2017, Fairfield resident William Perez passed away as a result of a hard fought battle with heart disease,” the donation table’s description stated. “William is survived by his 12-year-old daughter, Jazmin, nine-year-old son, Willie, five-year-old son, Danny, and wife, Denise. As anyone can imagine, providing for three children and maintaining a home as a widow is a very difficult task.”
At the event’s donation table, it was also noted that funeral costs depleted the family’s saving account, and that the family is currently struggling with another family illness. There is a possibility that the family will not be able to remain in their home. The police department is setting a goal of $30,000 to recover their financial losses. Those wishing to help raise funds for the Perez family should contact Manna at the police department.
In addition to the softball game and bocce ball tournament, this event also featured food trucks, inflatables, bounce houses, large slide, obstacle course, trackless train, carnival games, a balloon and tattoo artist and face painting.
Fairfield friends Mike, Ben, Frank, Gaetano, Anthony, Jake and Dom were all enjoying the many activities.
“It’s fun and enjoyable,” Mike said. “My favorite part was the bouncy houses. I am having fun with my friends.”
Two-year-old Delainey and three-year-old James also enjoyed time with their families while taking advantage of the activities for younger children. Delainey’s grandmother, Debbie, said that Fairfield Family Fun Day was a nice event for the whole community.
The event was funded by a grant from the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse as part of a drug and alcohol prevention awareness program.