Jersey law enforcement agencies run to help others
The New Jersey Torch Run is a wonderful and highly successful fundraiser that raises millions of dollars to support Special Olympics New Jersey.
This year marks the 38th year in which more than 3,000 law enforcement personnel will carry the “Torch of Hope” through 26 communities for funds for Special Olympics New Jersey. In 2019, before the pandemic, the torch race raised $ 4.1 million.
Special Olympics New Jersey offers programs for more than 26,000 participants. The money raised from the torch race, also from the Polar Bear Plunge in February, allows these Special Olympics athletes to participate for free.
I’m a huge fan of the Torch Run and the law enforcement community coming together to help Special Olympics New Jersey.
The director of the New Jersey Torch Run is Robert Belfore who is a retired chief of the Port Authority of Newark, New Jersey. I have had the pleasure of interviewing him in each of the 25 years of Polar Bear Plunge when Robert presents the big check, to Torch Run success, For Special Olympics New Jersey. (Robert’s interview starts at 5:07 in the video below)
The fact that over 3,000 law enforcement personnel have played in 26 different stages and have traveled over 300 cities and hundreds of miles here in New Jersey is remarkable.
Thank you to our men and women in blue for helping a great cause that is Special Olympics New Jersey. I am proud to be from New Jersey!
The above post reflects the thoughts and observations of Big Joe Henry, host of New Jersey 101.5 Weekend. All opinions expressed are those of Big Joe.