PRINCETON, NJ—YWCA Princeton thanks the incredible runners, volunteers, and sponsors, for making the 15th annual ETS Firecracker 5K possible. Over 500 runners and walkers participated in the 5K, which is held on ETS’ Princeton campus. Funds raised from the 5K benefit YWCA Princeton’s Bilingual Nursery School. Assemblyman Roy Freiman (NJ-16) and Walt McDonald, CEO of ETS, attended and cheered participants on as they crossed the finish line. Jack Hayon, Senior Vice President and CFO of ETS, rode a bicycle on the course to lead the way for runners and walkers.
For 15 years, ETS has been the title sponsor of the ETS Firecracker 5K – a testament to their commitment to early childhood education.
“While the ETS Firecracker 5K is always well-attended, this year we saw a record number of participants, including many ETS staff, who came out to support this very worthy cause,” said Lenora Green, Executive Director of the Center for Advocacy and Philanthropy. “ETS knows the importance of giving our early learners a strong start through quality and affordable preschool programs. We applaud the Princeton YWCA for their commitment to our children.”
Assemblyman Freiman addressed the runners and walkers before the race began. In his remarks, he spoke about the importance of YWCA Princeton and its Bilingual Nursery School.
“It’s important that we first thank ETS and YWCA, each of whom have been serving our local communities for generations, and have been at the vanguard of some of the most pressing social movements in the nation,” said Assemblyman Freiman. “I am so excited to be supporting this event, every cent of which will be directed towards an amazing cause—a program devoted to enriching pre-schoolers’ minds, teaching them independence and self-empowerment, and providing children of all backgrounds a safe, nurturing learning environment.”
“This event raises important funds for our Bilingual Nursery School and we are so thankful for ETS’ support. It speaks to ETS’ commitment to early childhood education for bilingual children,” said Judy Hutton, CEO of YWCA Princeton. “This year we welcomed the support of Assemblyman Freiman. He has been a strong advocate of our mission to eliminate racism and empower women and last night he was there cheering the runners on!”
YWCA Princeton’s Bilingual Nursery School provides affordable child care for children ages 2 ½ to 5 years old. YWCA Princeton is proud to offer quality, affordable child care with opportunities for native Spanish speakers to excel in their English acquisition skills, as well as native English speakers to learn Spanish and experience rich cultural diversity during a critical period of cognitive and social development.
YWCA Princeton would like to give a special thank you to the ETS Firecracker 5K Committee, which includes Kitara Washington of ETS, Frank Mangee of A Stitch Ahead, co-chair Hillary Spivak of Princetonian Graphics, and co-chair Joseph Galdo of Mercadien. The event was made possible through support from ETS, The Enrollment Management Association, Bracco Diagnostics, Novo Nordisk, IRIS, Princeton Computer Support, Szaferman Lakind, Capital Health, Morgan Stanley, Mercadian, Northfield Bank, Geico of Mercer County, The Bank of Princeton, Sound Choice Disc Jockeys, Princeton First Aid and Rescue, Terhune Orchards, Trader Joe’s, and Costco.
About YWCA Princeton:
Established in 1922, the YWCA Princeton is a not-for-profit organization with thousands of members, with a mission to eliminate racism and empower women. It serves Mercer County and Central NJ through educational and recreational classes, social services, advocacy, and leadership development. Programs include aquatics, arts and crafts, breast cancer resources, childcare, community events, dance, early childhood education, English as a Second Language, High School equivalency preparation and testing and a Newcomers group for those new to the area. The YWCA is the oldest and largest multicultural women’s organization in the world with affiliates in over 120 countries and with 250 associations in the U.S.
For event photos, visit YWCA Princeton’s Facebook page.