Monday, May 12, 2014

Take Me out to the Ballgame!

We had a really great opportunity on Friday night thanks to my Dad and his company, New Jersey Manufacturer's Insurance Company, to attend a Trenton Thunder baseball game as part of their annual fundraiser for the Special Olympics of NJ.  NJM has become a big sponsor for the Special Olympics through the years, including for the upcoming National Games. 
On Friday night, the company sold tickets to attend the game as a group for employees and family members where they would then donate the money raised to the Special Olympics.  Because my Dad has been one of the top fundraisers for our Polar Bear Plunge team CAT Crew for the Special Olympics year after year (and one of the overall top fundraisers for the event) and because he has a grandson who directly benefits from the Special Olympics (whose photo is actually featured on some NJM awards they've received), his company invited my dad and his family to be a part of the check presentation on the field prior to the game actually starting.  We were honored to be a part of such a prestigious group of people on the field presenting a donation to the SONJ. 
My dad is over my right shoulder along with the President of SONJ, his son (holding the check) and the CEO of NJM (with other company employees). 
 Another benefit of the evening, was the fact that Colin and Kailey were able to throw out first pitches prior to the game starting. 

What was even more fun for Chris was that he used to work for the Trenton Thunder years ago and coincidentally they were celebrating their 20th anniversary where Chris was able to run into some of the staff members he used to work with during that time.  
As always, we were thankful to be awarded such a great opportunity thanks to Colin and his involvement with the Special Olympics, in addition to the hard work of my dad, his company,  and people like him who raise money for the SONJ.  These funds directly benefit Colin as he participates in many programs the Special Olympics have to offer for him. 


Thanks Dad, NJM and the SONJ for another great event!  Also, a special thanks to our friend, Dave Schofield for some great pictures from the night!

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