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Local Restaurants Help Turn the Lights on at RBR

Red Bank RiverCenter and Flavour helped raise $16,000 to fund Red Bank Regional's goal to light up its football field.

is one step closer to turning on the lights at its athletic fields following a recent contribution from Red Bank's restaurants.

At Wednesday's council meeting, Red Bank RiverCenter, the marketing arm of the borough's downtown businesses, presented the the RBR Athletic Foundation with a check for $16,000 to help fund the effort to light up the high school's fields.

The funds were raised at recent a Red Bank food fest, , a culinary event with food ranging from American to Thai, French to Italian and more. The event was organized by RiverCenter in conjunction with Flavour, a conglomerate of Red Bank eateries.

"The downtown businesses really value the Red Bank community and the Red Bank Regional community," RiverCenter Executive Director Nancy Adams said.

BAF needs to raise $400,000 to light up the Bucs' stadium. As of the early may the foundation had raised $30,000 towards that goal.

Approximately 120 volunteers helped staff International Flavour, many of them associated with the high school. Del Dalpra said everyone is working towards a larger goal.

"We got together to try and put lights on the field, not just to play ball, but to bring the community together," he said.

James Scavone July 12, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Ed: Just a clarification, please. While RiverCenter works closely with the restaurants and all businesses, this event's contribution to RBR Athletic Foundation, donated from the proceeds of the International Food Festival in May, was a decision of the Board of Red Bank RiverCenter, the downtown management organization. RiverCenter's Board (comprised of commercial property and business owners) who represent another 300+ commercial property owners and 300+ business owners, all of whom fund the organization, decided on this generous donation to RBR Athletic Foundation to help the community. RiverCenter's work includes everything that needs to be done in the district including: business recruitment and retention, promotional events that bring people to town to support the business district, marketing, beautification through $1,000s of dollars in maintenance, flowers, and holiday lighting, and more. RiverCenter serves as an advocate for the downtown and for all the property and business owners in the district in order to maintain the wonderful downtown visitors and Red Bank's residents enjoy. Other than funds raised by events like this one, RiverCenter is solely funded by the owners of the commercial properties and businesses in the district. Respectfully, Nancy Adams
Edward Van Embden (Editor) July 12, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Thanks for the response.

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