A year's worth of committee meetings, planning and fundraising yielded another big success this past weekend-IBEW Local 94's "Pullin' Badgers" Team, along with PSEG's "Power Rangers," both won first place for their fund raising category benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project. IBEW Local 94, led by Carl Romao, Business Agent, won first position in the category, Organizational Fund Raising Teams, with a very impressive $8,880. Both teams competed with 45 other teams from around the state in quick pull and limited weight pull events, tugging 80,000 pounds of tractor trailer and Army tank from a dead stop, on the streets of Clifton, New Jersey.
All told, this 5th annual Tank Pull Competition, run by a Committee from the St Phillips Knights of Columbus Council, Clifton, raised over $700,000 to support the Wounded Warrior Project and other veterans groups in the Clifton area. This was our 2nd year participating and this year's entire event was dedicated to honor Sgt. James "Jimmy" Harvey, II, a PSE&G, IBEW Local 94 employee who was killed in Afghanistan in 2011. Jimmy's parents, James and Susan Harvey, were given proclamations and plaques honoring their son's bravery and ultimate sacrifice by Clifton's Mayor James Anzaldi, and Herb Meyer, State Deputy of the Knights of Columbus.
The media, including the news outlets CBS and NJ Channel 12, spent most of the day at the fundraiser, filming competitive events and interviewing participants. We would like to extend our thanks to brothers Jeff Krill, Anthony Joyner and Mike Butler for their tremendous effort. In addition we would like to thank everyone who was kind enough to donate to this worthy cause.