Marisa Rose Bowl raises $21,000 for Middlesex County charity


The Marisa Pink Bowl and accompanying Tournament of Roses Parade Charity Walk and Food Drive combined to raise over $21,000 for The Marisa Tufaro Foundation.

All proceeds from the events benefited the non-profit organization, which helps pediatric patients and underserved children throughout the Middlesex County area.

New Jersey’s most successful charity football game, whose pandemic derailed for two years, made its triumphant return with Team Rose defeats Team Marisa 14-7 at Steve Libro Field at North Brunswick High School on July 21.

Formerly known as the Snapple Bowl and Autoland Classic, the All-Star Game has now raised more than $736,000 for charity since its first run in 1994.

Renamed Marisa Rose Bowl and sponsored by Bellamy and Sons Pavingthe 2022 version of the annual event featured over 100 players and recent graduate cheerleaders from middlesex county high schools.

MyCentralJersey.comthe online home of the Home News Tribune and the Courier News, is the game’s longtime media partner.

The Tournament of Roses Parade charity walk and food drive served as a community service project for Marisa Rose Bowl attendees and mirrored the first community service project of Marisa Rose Tufaro, who, as an elementary school student, was to collect non-perishable food to donate to local food. pantry.

In addition to raising awareness of food insecurity, more than a ton of non-perishable food and $1,000 in gift cards were raised during the parade for REPLENISH, a regional food bank serving residents of Middlesex County, including approximately 30,000 children, and the Middlesex College Community Resource Center and Pantry.

In honor of the 500 supporters who walked the nearly two-mile parade route at St. Joseph High School in Metuchen on July 19, the Marisa Tufaro Foundation donated an additional $2,000 to pantries.

“The outpouring of support during the charity walk and the generosity of the participants was phenomenal,” said State Senator Patrick J. Diegnan Jr., whose legislative district encompasses seven towns in Middlesex County and who sits in the foundation board. “The donations raised will have a huge impact on children and families in need in Middlesex County.”

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Since its inception five years ago, the foundation created in loving memory of Marisa Rose Tufaro has donated a quarter of a million dollars to fulfill its mission.

Marisa Rose, who reportedly graduated from Edison High School last year, survived six open-heart surgeries and a heart transplant before succumbing to a rare form of cancer in 2017 following a heart attack. valiant fight.

Despite being hospitalized for more than two years and maintaining hundreds of doctor’s appointments, Marisa Rose was an honor roll student involved in a myriad of extracurricular activities who experienced a dynamic and inspiring life.

“We can never find the right words to express our gratitude to the dedicated players, cheerleaders and coaches who have sacrificed to be part of this event, and to the parents and supportive families of all those who attended,” said said Cyndi Tufaro, Executive Director. of the Marisa Tufaro Foundation.

“We are forever indebted to everyone, especially the Bellamy family and all of the sponsors, including Pines Manor, Metro Team Sports and Adidas, without whose benevolence the All-Star Game would not have happened. “

Cyndi Tufaro said the St. Joseph and North Brunswick The school communities were incredible hosts of the parade and the game, respectively, selflessly providing abundant resources to ensure that both charity events would be a resounding success.

“Our nonprofit organization continues to have overwhelming support,” said Cyndi Tufaro. “We are forever grateful for every penny donated and every second of volunteerism, which keeps Marisa’s indomitable spirit alive and allows her legacy to continue helping others.”

New Jersey Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame inductee Marcus Borden, who is the founder and executive director of the All-Star Charity Game, attributes his success to the participants.

“What we’ve been able to accomplish is because the kids and the coaches are getting involved and understanding the importance of giving back,” Borden said. “The success of the game is due to their genuine commitment to what the game stands for.”

Next year’s match will be played at a venue to be determined on June 29, the last Thursday in June as opposed to the third Thursday in July when the charity event had already been played for 27 summers.

“We think it’s better,” said Borden, East Brunswick’s longtime former head coach. “We know kids are going to school earlier now and some are planning their holidays later, so we want to give those kids a chance who might have wanted to play but can’t.”

Borden said the caliber of the coaches and the quality of play in the Marisa Rose Bowl were superb, as was the performance of the cheerleaders at halftime and on the sidelines throughout the game. However, the greatest impact of the participants was through their charitable contributions.

“It’s about getting kids to understand that there’s more to football and it’s not just you,” Borden said. “There are others and we want to be the givers, so we give back to the community.”


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