By Andy Polhamus/Gloucester County Times
Local businesses and the Glassboro Police Department are coming together to help raise money for the son of a Glassboro police officer who suffers from muscular dystrophy.
The fundraiser, entitled Glassboro’s Doo Wop Tribute, will include live music, food, beer and children’s activities.
The goal of the fundraiser is to help the family of 12-year-old Jacob Myers, whose father, Mike Myers, is an officer with the Glassboro Police Department. The family needs $60,000 to pay for a custom van to help Jacob, who can no longer walk, get around. When Myers’ coworkers and friends heard he needed help, they took action.
“It clears your head a lot to know people care,” said Myers.
Myers has not directly involved himself with the planning of the fundraiser. Although he was initially reluctant to accept help, Myers was touched by the outpouring of support.
“It’s just an amazing feeling that people will do this for us,” he said.
The night’s musical guests include Philadelphia-based doo wop groups Mid-Life Crisis and The Original Street Corner 5ive.
Besides music, local restaurants and businesses will be out in force for the event. Landmark Americana will host a beer garden along with food. Bomb Bomb BBQ Grill, Carolina Blue, Bogey’s and Italian Brothers Pizza will be in attendance offering selections from their menus as well. Guests can pick up dessert from 24 Scoops & More. Candy and other specialty items will be available from many other vendors at the fundraiser.
Besides food and drink, the fundraiser will have activities for children as well. The Philadelphia Union Soccer Mobile Tour will test the kicking abilities of any aspiring soccer stars, and children are invited to play on an inflatable soccer field in timed, organized games. A Moon Bounce will be set up, along with a candy sand art stand. Proceeds from the sand art will benefit Angels of God Clothing Closet.
Besides helping to pay for a means of transportation, Myers said the planning of the fund raiser has been an inspiration to him and his family.
“Just to know that people support you kind of recharges your batteries,” he said.
“People I don’t even know were donating money. It’s a good feeling—people coming out of the woodwork.”
The fundraiser will be held on Rowan Boulevard in Glassboro on Thursday, Aug. 9 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Parking and admission are free.