Annual Bowl for Hunger raises $31,000 for food banks


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WOODBRIDGE — Funds from the eighth annual “Bowl for Hunger” will be distributed evenly among 32 food banks in Middlesex County.

This year’s “Bowl for Hunger” on July 27 at Majestic Lanes of Hopelawn raised approximately $31,000, with additional pledges to come.

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Assemblyman Craig J. Coughlin (D-Middlesex) in partnership with the Middlesex Water Company, Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation and Woodbridge Metro Chamber of Commerce hold the “Bowl for Hunger” event.

Since the event’s inception in 2010, more than $155,000 has been raised to feed the hungry. The 32 food banks are located in Carteret, Perth Amboy, Sayreville, South Amboy and Woodbridge.

This year’s event once again featured a double session, 5:30-7:30 p.m. and 8-10 p.m., where approximately 550 bowlers took part on 80 bowling lanes.

Coughlin, Michael D’Agnes, President and CEO of Raritan Bay Medical Center, Dennis Doll, President and CEO of the Middlesex Water Company and Karen Barnes, President of the Woodbridge Metro Chamber of Commerce, thanked event participants and sponsors for supporting the event and the area’s 32 food banks who help nourish the underserved.

In total, 74 corporate, community and individual sponsors donated at least $100 to support the cause.

Of the 74 sponsors, 29 individuals and organizations donated at the $500 level — Allegiance, Amerigroup, Bank of Woodbridge, BAYSHORE Recycling, Carpenter Contractor Trust, CME Associates, Elizabethtown Gas, Foundation Title, GEICO, GERDAU, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, James P. Nolan & Associates, JFK Medical Center, JJ Elek Realty Co., Metro Park A.G. Church, New Jersey Credit Union League, New Jersey Hospital Association, New Jersey Bankers Association, NJM Insurance Group, New Jersey Shares, Realty Advisory Group, Reliance Insurance Group, Middlesex County Surrogate Kevin J. Hoagland, Verizon, Wakefern Food Corp. and WellCare.

Some 45 sponsors donated $100 or more including Almasi Companies, American Irish Association of Woodbridge, Berkeley College, Columbia Bank — Woodbridge, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-New Jersey), Cultural Arts Commission of Woodbridge, D.B. Kelly Div. No. 1 of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Daniel Harris, First Presbyterian Church of South Amboy, Garden State Dispensary, Hatch Mott MacDonald LLC, Insurance Council of NJ, Investors Bank, James P. Durek, Esq., Katz Government Affairs, Kaufman Zita Group, Knot Just Bagels, Larry and Peggy Mayerowitz, MCDO LBGTQ Caucus, Metuchen Democratic Organization, Michael V. Testa, Architect, Michelson Family Foundation, Middlesex County Young Democrats, MMC Contractors, Middlesex and Somerset County AFL-CIO Labor Council, Middlesex County Building and Construction Trades Council, Middlesex County Democratic Organization, Middlesex County Federation of Democratic Women, Middlesex County Freeholders Charles Tomaro, Leslie Koppel, and Shanti Narra, Middlesex County Surrogate Kevin Hoagland, Middlesex County Young Democrats, New Jersey Food Council, Our Lady of Fatima, Penna Consulting, Princeton Public Affairs Group, Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LPP, Senator Joseph Vitale, Shell Oil, The Club at Woodbridge, Trinity Episcopal Church of Woodbridge and Woodbridge Center LLC.

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