2012-08-01 / Front Page

Bowling event raises money for food banks

Assemblyman, business owners support Woodbridge, Sayreville, South Amboy residents in need

WOODBRIDGE — When state Assemblyman Craig Coughlin (D-19) was elected to office in 2010, he wanted to do something that would make an impact in all five towns in his district.

In partnership with the Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation and the Middlesex Water Company, Coughlin held the third annual “Bowl for Hunger” on July 17. Over the course of four hours, approximately 350 bowlers participated in the annual charity event, which was held at the Woodbridge Bowling Center, Main Street, Woodbridge.

Participants raised money to support the about 30 area food banks.

“It was an opportunity to do something good,” he said. “The summertime is when food pantries are in great need.”

This year’s event raised about $14,000 and donations keep coming in. Over the last three years the event has raised more than $25,000.

Coughlin said many businesses and community groups in Carteret, Perth Amboy, Sayreville, South Amboy and Woodbridge formed teams and had a fun night bowling for a good cause.

Notable attendees and bowlers included Raritan Bay Medical Center President Michael D’Agnes, Middlesex Water Company President Dennis Doll, state Sen. Joseph F. Vitale (D-19), state Assemblyman John S. Wisniewski (D-19), Woodbridge Mayor John E. McCormac, Perth Amboy Mayor Wilda Diaz, Sayreville Mayor Kennedy O’Brien and members of the Woodbridge Township Council.

All five mayors in the 19th District made a pledge to support the event, as did 65 corporate and individual sponsors.

This year’s event encouraged corporate and individual sponsors to donate $500 or more in order to place a company logo on the Bowl for Hunger tote bag that was provided to all participants.

Applebee’s, Assemblyman Wisniewski, Berkeley College, DuPont, Gerdau, Hatch Mott MacDonald, New Jersey Diatetic Association, Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters, Shannon Rose Irish Pub and the Woodbridge Center Mall met that challenge.

Many other corporate and individual sponsors donated at least $100.

Interested community members or businesses still wishing to make a donation to the “Bowl for Hunger” effort may contact the Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation at 732-324-5374.

— Contact Kathy Chang at kchang@gmnews.com

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