Game On! Glen Rock's August Fundraiser Canceled by Town

"Glen Rock Family Fun Night" was canceled due to "safety" concerns, but pro-turf group Game On! Glen Rock says big fall plans will keep fundraising momentum on the upswing.

A key fundraising date in a non-profit group's hopes to has been stymied by officials, but Game On! Glen Rock organizers are nonetheless looking forward.

, scheduled for Aug. 18, is no longer on the borough's event calendar. The fundraiser, planned for , was expected to draw a crowd of 3,000 or more to partake in games, yoga, salsa dancing, a wiffle ball tournament. A beer tent and food truck were also expected for Family Fun Day.

"As you know by now, the town unexpectedly canceled the event because of a lack of cooperation from the Dept. of Public Safety," Game On! Glen Rock Chairman Michael C. Stewart wrote in a Facebook post on July 14. "Hundreds of hours of planning time and thousands of fundraising dollars (spent) later we are still poised to raise 6 figures in fundraising dollars this year. Between the car & watch raffle, and the extraordinary Casino Royale Gala we are optimistic that we will have a successful fundraising year."

Glen Rock Mayor John van Keuren declined to comment on the issue Wednesday night. A report on northjersey.com quoted GO!GR vice president Mark McCullough as saying public safety officials had "legitimate" concerns (said to be traffic and weather-related), but called them "exaggerated."

Game On! has to build two baseball diamonds that share space with a lined field, as well as another dedicated soccer-type  with field lights on Doremus Ave. Stewart told the council in December he had hoped to raise $1 million in 2012.

The next big GO!GR event is scheduled for Oct. 18. Organizers hope a night of gambling, grub and a top band will entice donors to toss the dice. The Casino Royale Gala, a $100 formal affair, will be held at The Venetian in Garfield. Billy Joel-connected vocalist Matthew Friedman and Uptown Sounds will perform.

The raffle winners of a fully-loaded 42 mpg 2012 Chevy Cruz (MSRP – $23,995) and a his-and-her Omega watch set (valued at $10,000) will also be announced on Oct. 18.

McCullough told northjersey.com the group remains committed to the cause in spite of the August setback.

"It will take six months or years – we have tremendous support from the residents," he said.

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Boyd A. Loving July 26, 2012 at 11:49 AM
Was the group issued a permit to hold the event that was subsequently pulled, or did the Borough refuse to issue a permit?
JAFO July 26, 2012 at 01:25 PM
I love you Boyd, but what difference does that really make? You truely do like seeing your mug on the internet, huh :-)
J.C. Lee July 26, 2012 at 02:19 PM
A crowd of 3,000 or more at Lower Faber? Are you kidding me? Parking for the town pool alone overfills the area during the summer! What are they going to do with all the traffic, nevermind 3,000? And who is going to be on the hook for the public safety expenses such as police overtime? Who is going to pay for the insurance that such an event would no doubt require? Why is it necessary to have a "beer tent" at a family event? It sound like Glen Rock's public safety people had some real concerns and put interests of the entire community before that of a special interest group.
RdgwdGRock July 26, 2012 at 02:29 PM
John Hahn July 26, 2012 at 02:30 PM
The powers that be in GR seemed to not want it. So they dragged their feet. They claimed a pop up thunder storm might happen. They claimed there would be traffic problems. I guess we should not have paved streets…they might be used to go places. There are traffic problems when 2 trains are in town…yet I do not hear them closing down the train stations. This is a group of responsible citizens who want to RAISE private money to improve public fields. But the tax paid officials do not want to do their jobs and support the tax payers in their efforts. Sad.
Rock July 26, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Isnt the Main Street train station closed during that same date? I think that would have forced all traffic in only a couple of available directions -- towards Doremus and up Rutland. Nobody walks anymore and its not like it would have been 2,000 cars arriving at once and then leaving later --- it would have been an all day back and forth as parents and families went back and forth to this. I commend the GameOn organization for not diving into a blame game....but simply moving on and maintaining their focus on the objective. I think both organizations (Game On and Public Safety) have the community's well being in mind...and in this case, Public Safety had to make an unpopular decision.
ByeByeNJ July 26, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Does this mean DPS will ban all events of three thousand or more due to traffic and weather issues? No Fourth of July or other big events? Hard to justify others receiving the DPS nod and others refused. If three thousand is too much to handle at a social event, what is our outlook if there is actual civil unrest?
Rock July 26, 2012 at 03:58 PM
ByeByeNJ: What 11 hour event of 3,000 people with games, beer, and food are you comparing this to ?
Marc D July 26, 2012 at 04:02 PM
As someone who lives near Faber Field I applaud the actions of our public safety group. The event planned is overkill for an area that is not big enough for a crowd of 3,000 or more. Between the August crowds at the pool and the closing of Rock Road at the Main Street station things will be bad enough, lets not make an already bad issue worse. Game On is a great group trying to do something good in town, however, more consideration needs to be given to those living around Faber Field. Our quality of life needs to count for something too!
Rock Fish July 26, 2012 at 04:25 PM
“Pop up thunderstorm” Don’t we have a lightening detection system on the roof of the pool building?
Josie July 26, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Game On Glen Rock has my support for all of the efforts except for this one. 3,000 at lower Faber on a Saturday in August is just too much! I do not live on Doremus, but I do bring my Grandchildren to the pool on Saturdays know first hand how bad the parking and traffic is without 3,000 people there! I will be at the Casino Royale Gala, a $100 formal affair, but I fully support the town for shutting down the event at Faber. GOOD CALL!
Allen Sr July 26, 2012 at 05:23 PM
This is too big an event for too small a place. Good cause, bad plan!
Boyd A. Loving July 27, 2012 at 12:49 PM
The sequence of events could make a difference if a judge is requested to intervene.


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