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RWJUH Somerset and Far Hills Race Meeting Award $20,000 to LifeCamp

The Far Hills Race Meeting Association and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset’s Community Health Partnership recently awarded $20,000 to LifeCamp in Pottersville. The funds will be used to improve the camp’s infirmary and aquatics program. About 550 Newark area youth attend the six-week summer day camp.

In addition, the hospital’s Community Health Department conducted health education programs for campers throughout the summer, including programs on hydration and dental hygiene. The RWJBarnabas Health Wellness on Wheels van visited the camp in July, giving campers the opportunity to learn about hydroponics and healthy eating.

“We are grateful to the Far Hills Race Meeting Association and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset’s Community Health Partnership for helping our campers grow and thrive,” said Kathy Cree, Executive Director of LifeCamp.

Through the partnership between the Far Hills Race Meeting Association and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, a total of $885,000 in funds were distributed to five non-profit organizations which serve northern Somerset County. The funds, which will be disbursed over the course of three years, are awarded through proceeds from the Far Hills Race Meeting and are administered through Somerset Health Care Foundation, the hospital’s fundraising arm. In addition to the funds, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset will support the organizations through professional training and development, community health education, support groups and other health care services.

Along with LifeCamp, other recipients included the Cancer Support Community of Central New Jersey in Bedminster, The Arc of Somerset County, Bonnie Brae in Liberty Corner and Community in Crisis in Bernardsville.