At the Third Annual Pound the Pavement for Purple 5K Run/Walk this weekend in Neptune Township, residents, volunteers, and local elected officials came together to raise nearly $40,000 for the Lustgarten Foundation, an organization that focuses on funding Pancreatic Cancer Research. The Pound the Pavement for Purple event was organized and hosted by the Township of Neptune and the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
The event was well-attended by local officials, including local Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey, who hosted their own team of participants on “Team Eric and Joann,” raising more than $6,500 for pancreatic cancer research. Other officials who participated in the race included Freeholders Tom Arnone and Serena DiMaso, Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden, Congressman Chris Smith, Senator Jennifer Beck, Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty, and Lake Como Mayor Brian Wilton.
“This is the most money that we’ve raised in the history of the event, and it’s incredibly encouraging to see community members coming together year after year and recognizing what a serious issue pancreatic cancer is,” said Houghtaling (D-Monmouth). Houghtaling, a former Mayor of Neptune Township, helped conceptualize and organize the first Pound the Pavement for Purple run, together with Freeholder Director Tom Arnone.
“Eric and I both love attending events like this, and walking beside our friends and constituents alike,” said Downey (D-Monmouth), “Being involved in causes that impact our communities is extremely important for us.”
“I’m hoping that we can increase on this success next year and get even more people to turn out,” added Houghtaling, “With more supporters and team members, we can truly make a difference.”