"My parents were always involved in raising money for something, through organizing or volunteering at events or shaking a can in front of the grocery store. To me, it was a “normal” part of growing up.
In the spring of 2006, the board of the Greater Trenton Dart League was working on the details for the remainder of our season. We had lost a few players to various illnesses the year before. My father’s passing was just two years earlier. This seemed like the perfect time to get involved with a charity. I presented the idea to the board that we “do something”. Many names came up but we wanted to find a charity with a “local” and “now” impact.
After a few weeks of working with local charities, I emailed Make-A-Wish New Jersey and got a call back that day. The next day I had paperwork, we shifted direction and just a short 5 weeks later we had our inaugural event. We raised $5,800 that day, thanks to about 30 sponsors and 38 attendees. Who knew what it would become. Our recent 2018 event raised $59,240, with over 250 sponsors and 123 attendees.
At the event, it’s always great to have a family come out and share their experiences. It’s a fantastic way for our sponsors and attendees to connect the dots and see their donations making an impact. Each year brings a new family to talk, with a story and experience unique to just them.
I don’t see us stopping anytime soon and hopefully we continue to grow and help more kids each year.”