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Union County Vo-Tech Schools Earn Top Honors for Cancer Research Fundraising

Relay for Life award is third in three years


Union County, NJ – The Union County Vo-Tech Schools are well known for offering top quality academic and career programs, and Vo-Tech students are proving that the schools build a strong community spirit, too. For the third year in a row, Vo-Tech students have earned the Nationwide Per Capita Award for High Schools from the American Cancer Society, for their efforts during the national 2010 Relay for Life fundraising event last March.

Vo-Tech students raised more than $138,000 in March, topping their goal of $125,000. If they reach next year’s goal, they will have raised a total of $500,000 in five years.

“Union County is blessed with a great many young people who sacrifice their time and energy in order to help others,” said Freeholder Chairman Daniel P. Sullivan. “This award represents the heart and soul of the Vo-Tech student body, and of those who supported their efforts.”

Relay for Life is a national fundraising and awareness campaign of the American Cancer Society. In this event, teams camp out overnight and take turns walking or running around a track or path continuously.

All together, more than 750 people participated in the March 2010 Vo-Tech Relay for Life, including more than 450 Vo-Tech students representing all five schools, and over 300 parents, cancer survivors and other supporters from the community.

The 2011 event takes place on March 25-26, and Vo-Tech students have set a goal of raising $150,000.

“The Vo-Tech Schools are dedicated to developing young adults who have the confidence and ability not only to advance in their own lives, but to help lift their communities as well,” said Vo-Tech Schools Superintendent Dr. Thomas J. Bistocchi. “This achievement is an inspiration to us all.”

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Fundraising for the 2011 event has already begun. To donate to the Vo-Tech Schools Relay for Life team, call the American Cancer Society at 908-629-0386, ext. 210 or visit the Vo-Tech Schools Relay for Life web page,

The Vo-Tech school district serves students throughout Union County with nationally recognized academic programs and career development. The campus is located at 1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains. For more information visit

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