Summit Junior Fortnightly Club Holds 34th Annual Tot Trot
Monday, June 4, 2012 • 7:01am
SUMMIT, NJ - On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, families and young children filled Memorial Field in Summit to participate in the 34th Annual Summit Junior Fortnightly Club’s Tot Trot. The SJFC is a women’s club dedicated to volunteerism, fundraising, community service and outreach.
For the 34th consecutive year Lois Schneider Realties was the Lead Sponsor and donated $5,000. Some of the other sponsors included Overlook Hospital, Pfizer, Accent and Equinox. The fundraiser featured carnival games, a petting zoo, face painting, arts and crafts and other activities. It concluded with a series of races for children ages 2 to 7.
Each year there is a different sponsor beneficiary who receives all of the proceeds and for today’s event, Family and Children’s Services in Elizabeth was the recipient. They are a non-profit organization that provide support for at risk families, helps with job loss, substance abuse and poverty stricken homes. Director William Webb said he was excited to be part of the Tot Trot because they are helping the community.
The co-chairs of the event were three Summit residents Beth Wohl, Kim Leonard and Mary Coughlin. Wohl said she had been Tot Trots in the past, but they are always fun.
“It’s a great way to give back to the community,” Wohl said. “It’s a feel-good day.”
Even with the tough economy, the co-chairs were still able to get many donations from businesses in downtown Summit because it is such a well-known event many people wanted to help out, Wohl said. All of the food at was donated by Overlook Hospital as well.
Wohl’s 7-year-old son Chris said the best part was the bouncy house because he didn’t have to wear shoes. While, he did add it was a nice perk that his mother worked there, he was a bit bummed out that he couldn’t participate after this year.
Haley Telling, who was there with her daughters Carson, 2 1/2 and Perry, 1 1/2, said they were having a great time. The two girls, who had their faces painted, were chowing down on popcorn and enjoying themselves in their stroller. This was the second year the family has attended the event.
“We come because it’s a great way to spend time with your family,” Telling said.