Walk n’ Roll Raises over $280,000 for Children’s Specialized Hospital

May 20, 2015

New Brunswick, NJ: Children’s Specialized Hospital is proud to announce the 2015 Walk n’ Roll for Children’s Specialized Hospital raised a record $280,000.  Over 1,800 supporters filled Johnson Park in Piscataway on Saturday, May 16 to benefit the nation’s most comprehensive pediatric rehabilitation system dedicated to treating children affected by brain injury, spinal cord injury, premature birth, autism, developmental delays, and life-changing illnesses.  This year’s funding will help support the expansion of new outpatient centers allowing the hospital to help thousands of more children in need of specialized care.

Sporting bright tee shirts, painted faces, and big smiles, Walk n’ Roll participants enjoyed a 1, 2.5 or 5 mile walk or roll around Johnson Park.  At the free carnival immediately following the walk, families listened to music, played games, won prizes, ate great food. New this year, Todd Pettengill and Jayde Donovan from the 95.5 PLJ Todd and Jayde in The Morning joined the festivities as the 2015 Honorary Chairs and helped give out the top fundraising awards.  

"The Walk n' Roll for Children's Specialized Hospital is a unique event that not only educates our communities about the services available for children with complex medical needs; but it also celebrates the over 26,000 children we serve each year at our 13 locations,” Amy B. Mansue, president and CEO, Children's Specialized Hospital. “None of this would be possible without the incredible generosity of our donors and corporate sponsors! PSEG is the presenting sponsor for this year's event and with their support, and the over 1800 participants, we raised over $280,000 which will help our hospital open new outpatient centers, making it easier for families to receive specialty care, closer to home."

The day would not have been possible without the generous support of PSEG, the event’s top sponsor. Additional sponsors included : L’Oreal USA, J. Fletcher Creamer & Son, Inc., Ferreira Construction Co.,Inc., IEW Construction Group, American Pile and Foundation LLC, NJM Insurance Group, Furino & Sons and the 75 volunteers who donated their time and efforts to pull off such a big event.  Children’s Specialized also appreciates the day’s in-kind donors: Mr. Cupcakes, Trader Joe’s, NJ Family Magazine, Snapple, JBL Electric (donating water).

Walk n’ Roll chairwoman Kim Hanemann, vice president - delivery projects & construction of PSEG and Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation trustee, was instrumental in leading the event committee to a record-setting year.

“Our employees, vendors, and all of the PSEG community fundraised for Children’s Specialized throughout the year, and we all look forward to the Walk n’ Roll,” said Hanemann.  “We especially enjoy meeting the patients and families that will benefit from our efforts.  Their enthusiasm makes our hard work worthwhile.  We look forward to breaking new fundraising records next year!”

Last year’s Walk n’ Roll attracted over 2,000 community members and raised over $265,000. 

Children’s Specialized Hospital is the nation’s leading provider of inpatient and outpatient care for children from birth to 21 years of age facing special health challenges — from chronic illnesses and complex physical disabilities like brain and spinal cord injuries, to developmental and behavioral issues like autism and mental health. At thirteen different New Jersey locations, our pediatric specialists partner with families to make our many innovative therapies and medical treatments more personalized and effective...so children can achieve more of their goals. 

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