Last December, Hackensack
Riverkeeper received a holiday gift in the form of a $500 donation from Harry
Turer of Allendale, NJ. The donation, a gift to his wife, Valerie, was
earmarked to sponsor an Eco-Cruise for a group of children who could not
otherwise afford the program. “Just use it to help any needy or inner-city
school,” Turer said.
Well, Spring came and went without
any schools taking advantage of Turer’s generosity. It looked as though it
would be Fall before we set up a trip for a needy school. Then I got a call in
early July from Gerald Lyons, who runs a summer program at the Hudson County
Schools of Technology for at-risk youth. Turns out, it was a perfect match all
By the end of July, we had taken
three groups - a total of 45 HCST students - out on Eco-Cruises and would have
taken another group had we not been rained out. As it turned out, those kids
were some of the best I’ve ever had aboard the Boyle and I hope to work with
You don’t have to wait for the
holidays to help the school of your choice. Just contact our office at
201-968-0808 and we’ll be happy to arrange it for you. Friends of Hackensack
Riverkeeper helping other friends: it doesn’t get much better than that!
Students in the summer program at the Hudson County Schools of Technology benefited from the generosity of a donor who made these Eco-cruises possible.