Athletes, Dignitaries and an Entire Community Unite for Duchenne MD Awareness

JAR of Hope Event Draws Hundreds to Manalapan Recreational Center

Pro athletes, businesses, media, dignitaries, fire/police force and an entire community united with JAR of Hope on Sunday for Strength in Numbers at the Manalapan Recreation Center, raising thousands of dollars and mass awareness in the mission to find a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

“I am incredibly proud of what occurred here today,” James Raffone, Founder of JAR of Hope, said of Sunday’s event. “To see Manalapan Township and this entire region, along with athletes who traveled from locations all over the country, support Team Jamesy and JAR of Hope is so humbling. I could not be any more proud of how this event turned out. It was a truly remarkable day.”

An official attempt by JAR of Hope to break the world record for most people performing push-ups at one time was a key highlight of the event. Micheal Empric, an adjudicator with Guinness World Records, was present to monitor, and the try entailed being in a push-up motion for a minute straight. Over 620 people joined the effort to break the standing record of 615 people, but enough participants were disqualified to the point where the final number who completed the challenge was 612.

Despite being just three people short of establishing a new Guinness World Record, the real mission of the day was accomplished. Money was raised for JAR of Hope, and many new people were educated about Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, which in turn brings research one step closer to finding a cure for the muscle wasting disease.

Started by Raffone in 2013 after a diagnosis of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy with his son, Jamesy, JAR of Hope was created to find a cure for the disease that has roughly 300,000 worldwide cases. Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy aggressively attacks the human muscular system, and JAR of Hope has a dedicated mission to provide funding for medical needs and outside the box treatment methods.

Present for the fundraiser were such athletes as two-time Super Bowl winner Mark Collins; former NFL players Morlon Greenwood and “Jersey” Joe Martinek; Arena Football League veterans Peter Ohnegian, Robert T. Green and Jason Jones; Reggie Young, former Akron standout and CEO of Dri-Towel; and nationally syndicated college football radio host Joe Lisi. Additionally, singer-songwriter Marvin Moore kicked off the event by singing the National Anthem.

The two title sponsors for Strength in Numbers were Frogbridge Day Camp in Millstone and Pazzo Restaurant in Red Bank. Other businesses involved with the event were Sinful Tans in Marlboro, Utopia Salon in Freehold, Nicole Genna Cosmetology in Monroe, Farmers Insurance agent Russ Armine, Bobby’s Burger Palace in Freehold, Dri-Towel, It Works Body Wraps, Financial Integrity of Staten Island, IDLife agent Carrie Danks, Jersey Joe Apparel, Good Energy Training in Allendale, iPlay America in Freehold, Youique, Seacret, Origami Owl, Touchstone Crystal, Pampered Chef, Damsel in Defense, Teascapes, Party Planning on Wheels, Art Worx Events, Tastefully Simple, K9 Resorts Luxury Daycare & Luxury Hotel, Navesink Rehab and Jersey Pump balanced fitness drink.

In addition to many members of the fire and police force, political dignitaries from the Manalapan Township Committee were also on hand, including Mayor Jack McNaboe, Deputy Mayor Mary Ann Musich, Committeewoman Susan Cohen and Committeeman Jordan Maskowitz.

For more information on JAR of Hope and to find out how you can contribute to the cause, visit the foundation online at

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