Fourth annual event raised more than $50,000 to support the New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome & Associated Disorders’ School In-Service Program.
MENDHAM, N.J. – The New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome & Associated Disorders (NJCTS) is proud to announce the winners of its registration and fundraising campaigns associated with the 4th annual NJ Walks for TS at Mendham, which attracted more than 400 people to Borough Park on November 23 and raised more than $50,000 to support NJCTS’ School In-Service Program.
The three largest teams were constructed by 16-year-old Alec Wolf (Alec’s World, 24 members); Denise Heimowitz (Team Becca, 19 members); and Greg Miskell (Team E, 14 members). Each of these team captains will receive a pair of stylish designer sunglasses, valued at $180 each and donated by Red Star World Wear.
The team that raised the most money was Miskell’s Team E, which brought in $5,305. Team E will receive a restaurant gift card valued at $100 and two $50 AMC Theatres movie gift cards. Finishing in second place and highly deserving of acknowledgment was Heimowitz’s Team Becca, which collected $4,115 in its first year participating in NJ Walks for TS at Mendham.
The top two individuals who raised the most donations were Ben Fink – who single-handedly amassed $1,941 from his family, friends and supporters – and Jenifer O’Neill, who totaled $690. Fink and O’Neill each will receive a $50 Amazon.com gift card. “NJ Walks for TS at Mendham was a tremendous success, and we are extremely appreciative of the awareness and fundraising efforts put forth by each individual and team, as well as the many supporters who contributed to their endeavors,” NJCTS Executive Director Faith W. Rice said.
“Without the efforts of these individuals, teams and their supporters, New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome could not provide the School In-Service Program, which educates students and teachers at schools in every corner of New Jersey about Tourette Syndrome, anti-bullying initiatives and self-advocacy,” Rice added.
The 5th annual NJ Walks for TS at Mendham will take place in November 2014, but the debut of NJ Walks for TS at Princeton is on the docket for April 6. Taking place at Mercer County Park in West Windsor, NJ Walks for TS at Princeton will support another of NJCTS’ core services – the Children’s Scholarship Program.
Over the past 10 years, the NJCTS Children’s Scholarship Program has afforded monetary awards to more than 200 graduating New Jersey high school seniors affected by Tourette Syndrome. These students have excelled in their studies, in their communities and in their personal lives – representing themselves as top-notch advocates for TS.
Registration and fundraising for NJ Walks for TS at Princeton will commence on January 6, and more information will be available on www.njcts.org at that time. NJCTS is looking for volunteers and other individuals to be a part of the planning process and serve on committees. Please call 908-575-7350 for more information about serving in this capacity.