In the spirit of the Thanksgiving season, Montclair State University’s Department of Campus Recreation and the student organization, RecBoard recently held the 7th Annual Red Hawk Walk/Run to benefit the Newman Catholic Center Food Drive and the Apostle House Food Pantry in Newark. The event, attended by over 100 registrants and 50 volunteers, was a great success and raised over $2200 that was used to buy supplies for the food pantry.
The registrants, who paid an entry fee in exchange for the opportunity to participate and to receive an event T-shirt, ran and walked the 5K course around the campus while dozens of volunteers—including those from the Montclair State University Police and the Center for Student Involvement—helped to keep things running smoothly.
“In all, this event took many months of planning and student volunteer work, but was extremely beneficial and brought the MSU community together at Thanksgiving,” said Keith Fonseca, assistant director for the Department of Campus Recreation and the organizer of the event. “Our thanks goes to everyone who participated.”
Co-sponsored by several local businesses including the New Jersey Nets, the Princeton Review, and Dunkin’ Donuts, the event also received donations from the Montclair State Athletics Department, the Ice Hockey Club and the Student Government Association.
The Run/Walk was truly a community event and was greatly appreciated by the Apostle House as their food inventory can become quite low during the holidays. The Montclair State students were welcome indeed when they arrived at the food pantry—after a shopping spree at the Clifton Costco—with five cars filled with food.