Mayor’s Message: The Chad Gunther Memorial Fund

The Memorial Fund has provided uniforms and equipment for the Bancroft School Softball Teams, as well as numerous additional efforts.

“Opportunity creates desire.”

– Danish Proverb

Chad Gunther was a passionate young man who loved sports and loved kids. He grew up in Cherry Hill and graduated from Cherry Hill East High School. He excelled in all sports, but ice hockey was his passion. He played ice hockey all four years in high school and was on the Philadelphia Flyers travel team. Chad also enjoyed teaching hockey and baseball to children.

Chad and his family moved to Centennial Mill in Voorhees and immediately fell in love with our community. He loved playing half ball and football with his neighbors and shared his youthful spirit.

Chad left this world on Feb. 8, 2009 at the tender age of 28. As a tribute to him, his family established the Chad Gunther Memorial Fund, a non-profit organization that provides a “chance” for the children in the South Jersey area.

The Memorial Fund has provided uniforms and equipment for the Bancroft School Softball Teams.

The Fund has also provided young men and women scholarships to college through the Boys and Girls Club of America, purchased sporting equipment for the Promise School in Camden, sent needy youngsters to sports camps and provided food to underprivileged families in Camden. The Fund also sponsored the Below the Rim Basketball Program, supporting over 300 children in the Camden area.

In addition, scoreboards were provided to the Gibbsboro/Voorhees Athletic Association at Cricket Field on Route 561 and Rabinowitz Field on Kresson Road. The Fund has also upgraded the lighting at the Lions Lake Softball Complex for the Voorhees Girls’ Softball Association. This year, the Fund will again support youth athletic programs in Voorhees and Gibbsboro as well as Bancroft Special Olympic Teams, the GVAA and the VGSA.

The organization will conclude its mission with the 10th and final Chad Gunther Memorial Dinner on Saturday, Sept. 14 at the E Lounge, Route 70 in Cherry Hill. Cocktails and high end Hors d’ Oeuvres begin at 6p.m. followed by dinner and dancing. Entertainment will be provided by DJ Michael Lazar.

Tickets are $85 per person and the attire is casual. Donations can be made to the Chad Gunther Memorial Fund (CGMF) at P.O. Box 404, Voorhees, New Jersey 08043. R.S.V.P. by Sept. 9. For more information, contact Peter Oteri at Peterjoteri@me.com.

Please support this wonderful event to celebrate the life of Chad Gunther and help provide the gift of opportunity!

** The second show in our Summer Concert Series will be Thursday, Aug. 22. We welcome Beatlemania Now, the premier Beatlestribute band. This mind-blowing performance takes you back in time with the legendary foursome delivering a note-for-note theatrical event that is the next best thing to seeing the Beatles. The band recaptures the excitement, the mood and the frantic intensity which evoke memories of the 60’s and 70’s. The show is free and starts at 7:30 p.m. at Connolly Park. The “Beer Garden” and food trucks will open at 6:30 p.m.

** Voorhees Township is offering discounted tickets to Morey’s Piers in Wildwood. Tickets are available in the Municipal Clerk’s Office at Voorhees Town Hall. Prices vary according to the type of ticket and several options are available to residents and non-residents. For more information about tickets visit www.voorheesnj.com.