More than $2,640 was raised for a
local charity through the Atlantic County Utilities Authority’s (ACUA) “Colors
of the Earth” 5k during ACUA’s Earth Day festival on Sunday, April 27,
2014. Approximately 149 runners and walkers participated in the event.
All proceeds are being donated to the South Jersey Field of Dreams, an Absecon
based nonprofit. South Jersey Field of Dreams is transforming a baseball field
donated by the City of Absecon at the Dr. Jonathan Pitney Recreation Park into an accessible ball field, which will enable kids and adults with
physical or mental disabilities to participate and play baseball. Players in
the organization are between the ages of five and 19 years old and come from 33
towns and six counties throughout southern New Jersey. Each year, the
organization takes on between 25 and 30 new players.
The donation is scheduled to be presented on Friday, May 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the
South Jersey Field of Dreams at the Dr. Jonathan Pitney Recreation Park. ACUA
President Rick Dovey will present the check to Barry Hackett, Chairman of the Board
of the organization.
“We can’t tell you how much this donation
means to us,” said Hackett. “This gift allows us to make the dream of playing
baseball come true for the 285 special players we have in the program,” Hackett
ACUA’s Earth Day 5k has been a longstanding
keystone event kicking off ACUA’s annual Earth Day celebration. This year,
however, was the first time ACUA sponsored a color run. Color runs are
generally untimed events that emphasize fun over competition. As runners follow
the course they pass through color stations where volunteers blast runners with
dyed cornstarch. Color runs are open to runners of all fitness levels, ages and
“ACUA is so pleased to support
the South Jersey Field of Dreams,” said ACUA President Rick Dovey. “Everyone,
regardless of age or ability, should be given the chance to be active and to
participate on a team. Unfortunately, if you have a physical or mental
disability, the opportunities can be few and far between. South Jersey Field of
Dreams is making this possible for adults and children alike, throughout the
area. That’s something we can all get behind,” Dovey added.