Pictured L-R: Chief Schmidt (UMT Police Department and Executive Board Member UMBA), Scott Miller Sr. (Secretary UMBA), Joe Marrazzo (Executive Board Member UMBA), Robert Shaw (Treasurer UMBA), Tim Thomas (UMT Treasurer and UMBA Member) Matthew McElroy (President UMBA), Yvette Taylor (UMT Board Member), Ben Weldon (UMT Board Member), Tom Cino (UMT Board Chair and UMBA Member), Ed Ford (UMT Board Vice Chair)
The Upper Makefield Business Association (UMBA) donated $6,000 to the Upper Makefield Township Emergency Services Fund on Tuesday at the Upper Makefield Township Meeting. The money raised was from the Rev Run which took place on July 4 at the Washington Crossing Historic Park and on River Road (1 mile fun run, 5k certified and 10k certified). The Revolutionary Run sees hundreds of people running and supporting runners on the morning of July 4.
UMBA organizes the Rev Run to raise funds for the Emergency services fund, scholarships and people in need in the area. UMBA's President, Matthew McElroy, said "the Rev Run is truly an important fundraiser for the year for UMBA and the community. All the UMBA members volunteer their time to organize this event and we usually start planning in January. We could not do this without our dedicated UMBA members, sponsors, runners and supporters." McElroy continues "...this event sees how we all work well together as a community, we could not do this without the support of the Township Staff, the Upper Makefield Police Department, St. Mary Ambulance Squad, the Upper Makefield Township Fire Department, DCNR, Washington Crossing Historic Park, residents and local businesses - it really is something special and something we should all be proud of"
The money donated to the Emergency Services Fund in the Township will be used for Township Emergency Services. In the past, the money donated by UMBA has been used to support Emergency projects such as the purchase of the flat bottom boat for the Upper Makefield Township Volunteer Fire Company; this enabled the fire company to use the boat as a rescue rather than just a recovery vehicle due to the fact that it can go in very shallow water and rocky terrain in the river. The monies have also been used to improve/create the crew room for the ambulance squad in the Firehouse on Taylorsville Road. Past funds have also been used to purchase 3 generators for the Upper Makefield Police Township Department to be used at the traffic lights whenever there is a power outage in the crossing.
UMBA is a 501c3 organization and we raise funds in the community. UMBA was created in 1967 and was one of the founding members of the Fire Department and we were also involved in the procurement of the Washington Crossing Monument outside the Washington Crossing Inn. We meet on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, usually in the Washington Crossing Inn. Our organization is made up of business men and women from the area as well as residents and families who want to make a difference in our area. So if you want to join please go to www.uppermakefieldba.org.