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South Jersey Turns on the Power for March for Babies

March 24, 2010

Three awesome utility companies showed us their passion for the March of Dimes today. We drove all the way out to the PSEG nuclear plant. It was in the middle of nowhere but when we got there we sure were somewhere. The PSEG nuclear group was waiting for us when we arrived and even though they had a drill today with their nuclear reactors (that’s so cool!) there was still a big turnout. This is the #1 team in Salem County New Jersey and they raise over $80,000!

Look at the cool utility truck I got from PSEG!

My utility truck drove all over PSEG.

There's a nuclear plant behind me.

Then we went to Atlantic City Electric. Not only are they ready to raise over $10,000 this year, but the President, Vince Malone, cried after my Mom and I shared our story. Mr. Malone got so emotional just like I do sometimes. Wow! He told his company that they need to work extra hard to raise money this year. Their light bulb went on – they know all the wonderful things the March of Dimes does and with their company’s help babies can be born healthy.

Here is Vince Malone, President of Atlantic City Electric and his great team of March for Babies captains.

There was a big party at South Jersey Industries. Balloons (purple and white of course), cake that said Welcome Josh! and a big Comfy Bear! They gave the March of Dimes a huge check today!!! It was for $10,000. What a fun celebration. Everyone was so excited about the walk and so generous, warm and friendly and definitely full of energy!!!

The gang from South Jersey Industries led by Ed Graham, President and CEO.

What a yummy cake!

I just love the Comfy Bear!

A great big and fun check presentation!

Cooper Children’s Regional Hospital has an amazing NICU. We met many of the moms whose babies are in the NICU and they seemed happy when they saw me. My mom told me it’s great for them to see me seven years after I was born so early because now I’m big and healthy and happy and they’ll know their babies will grow big, too, even though they’re so tiny now.

Cooper Children's Regional Hospital's John Sheridan, President & CEO and Dr. Goodman, Head of Pediatrics

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Rick Gallo permalink
    March 24, 2010 7:55 pm

    What a great experience! I’ve always wanted to go through a nuclear power plant. They seem so interesting. It sounds as if they have a wonderful group of people working there too and that they raise a lot of money for the MOD.
    Thanks for the detailed posts on your blog. I’m finding it very interesting to follow you around the country. Keep up the good work!!
    Mr Rick

  2. Brian Drzyzga - New Jersey permalink
    March 24, 2010 8:12 pm

    That’s right, Mr Gallo. Like Joshua, PSE&G employees are a very powerful, committed team of Champions for Babies.
    Here in New Jersey, we know that PSE&G doesn’t just power our HOMES…They are the power behind the LIVES of many New Jersey families like mine who are recipients of therapies developed by March of Dimes funding. PSE&G teams across the Garden State have incorporated the mission of March of Dimes into their corporation’s culture and they stand strong for moms-n-babies in their daily work. In fact, PSE&G teams maintain their Champion Status ALL throughout the year in support of the mission to improve the lives of moms-n-babies.
    Joshua Hoffman’s Family, Rick Gallo, PSE&G and strong New Jersey Volunteers are the HEART of this mission and my family is grateful & proud to part of this family of Champions. Thank you for all of your hard work!

  3. March 28, 2010 10:56 am

    As a resident of Pennsville, NJ I am so glad to see the people and companies around here are so willing to put forth the effort to raise money for such a great cause. I am a mother of a preemie born 12 1/2 weeks to early. My daughter is now 6 1/2 months old and is still in the hospital with hopes to come home in the next 2 months! I will be seeing you all at the March for Babies in Pennsville on April 24th. TEAM JOCELYN!!!!!!!!

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