Cookies Tavern – USMC Birthday – Tuns Tavern

Date/Time - 11/10/2013,
Location Cookies Tavern, 2654 S Alder St, Philadelphia, PA,

Annual USMC Birthday Party at Cookies Tavern, Philadelphia, PA. Party all day long. Join the fun !!
Sunday, November 10th, 2013. Marine Corps 238 Birthday at Cookies Tavern, 2654 South Alder St., Philadelphia, PA. Flyer says noon but we’ll be ready to go @ 10am!
Only $45 for Cookies Tavern filled merchandise bag & guest wristband for outside keg trucks/food. Live bands/DJs.

2011 Video from USMC Birthday at Cookies tavern..

See article from previous USMC birthday at Cookies below….

Shouts of “Happy Birthday, Marine!” and “Semper Fi!” filled the air last Saturday as thousands of Marines converged at Cookie’s Tavern on 10th & Oregon Avenue to celebrate the 232nd birthday of the United States Marine Corps. And since the nativity of the Corps began in a colonial Philadelphia bar at The Tun Tavern on Nov. 10, 1775, it is so very fitting to have this remarkable annual event take place in a South Philadelphia bar.

Synonymous with the event is the late James R. “Daddy Wags” Wagner, requiescat in pace 2002. His daughter Marion Wagner’s face lights up as bright as a moonbeam at the mention of her legendary father’s name. “This is all word of mouth,” she informs me as she waves her arms east and west. “First it was two, then 10, then 100, then 1000! It just grew, maybe 2000 today.” What would your father impart upon us if he were still in the physical world? I ask. “Freedom is not free. He always said and meant those words. My father wanted every American to know that.”

The first Marine Birthday was celebrated in 1923 at Fort Mifflin, but I’m curious about the origin of the teeming sea of Red and Gold on Oregon Avenue. Charlie Simpson, Wagner’s cousin, was there from the very beginning. “This bar, Cookie’s Tavern, originally belonged to Wag’s uncle, Bill ‘Cookie’ Cook. We were a few years out of the Marine Corps. I walked into Cookie’s on Nov. 10, 1969 and I saw Wags there all by himself, having a beer. He said, ‘Let’s drink a beer to the Marines’ birthday. We should do this again the next year but tell everyone we know.’ So it went from two to 10 to what you see today; that’s how it started and then grew.” In 1977, Wager bought the bar but kept the name in honor of his uncle and officially declared the birthday party as an annual event.

Deputy Inspector Tony Boyle and retired-from-South Detective Joe O’Hara, along with attorney Mike Wallace, were friends with Daddy Wags for more than 30 years. “It was 1978. I was patrolling the area in the 402 wagon. I knew something was going on, on Alder Street,” Inspector Boyle relates. “So I stopped. There were no complaints or anything. Wags came out of the bar with a first anniversary t-shirt and a mug and gave it to me. I still have the t-shirt.” O’Hara comes up with a great idea: “Have the shirt framed and hang it in a place of honor.” Wallace opens up about the fraternal familiarity he’s experienced. “Wags was my brother, always will be my brother. He always said, ‘If you want to be a bear, be a grizzly.’” In the crowd I saw Vietnam Medal of Honor recipient Jon R. Cavaiani. “I flew in from Columbia, Cal., an old gold-mining town, population 55,000.” He wore the medal proudly around his neck and was surrounded by Marines who wanted a snapshot with him. To me, that medal is worth more than all the gold in those old mines.

The Army is also represented among his close friends. Richie Strohm, of Richard T. Strohm and Associates, goes way back. “In 1968, Wags wanted his Airborne Wings. He went to Fort Benning, Ga. I was his instructor. He passed the test. We’ve been friends ever since.” Retired Marine Captain Tom “Pittzy” Pitts instantly bonded with Wagner in 1997. “I told him about the Toys for Tots program and he dove right in. We found out he died 10 minutes before the Toys for Tots run that Saturday morning Nov. 5, 2002. I immediately got the microphone and re-named the race The Annual Daddy Wags Toys for Tots Run.”

After Wagner’s passing, his buddies spontaneously formed “Wag’s Platoon”. Southern Hall of Fame athlete Kenny Adams disclosed that no formal contract with the city was ever had for the party. “The police re-routed traffic, but that was about it. We wanted to get and keep the City involved. The Platoon got together at Marion’s to make sure the party stayed alive. I went to John Dougherty of Local 98 and told him of our needs. Now Doc always gives toys to the Toys for Tots program there and was very supportive. I, along with Mary-Rita D’Alessandro, became liaisons with the city. We got the stage, sound system, port-a-potties and trash pick-up permits.”

Thirty years later, the celebration has taken a life of its own, and is going strong. Around the world Marines celebrate their day, but only in Philadelphia will you find the spirit of the Tun Tavern in Cookie’s Tavern thriving with esprit de corps. Oorah!



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07/30/2014 Hiring our Heroes - Butler, PA - Join us July 30, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a job fair for veteran job seekers, active duty military members, guard and reserve members, and military spouses at the VA Butler Health Care Center, 325 New Castle Road, Butler, PA 16001.Event Schedule:Hiring Fair: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.Registration- Job Seekers, Employers, and Service Organizations: Click here to register.  Hiring Our Heroes Federal Sector Employment Workshop The Hiring Our Heroes federal employment workshop will be conducted by a highly certified and accredited Federal Career Coach and Job Search Trainer. The workshop will begin with an overview of the federal job market, recent trends, and how the market lends itself to the military community. Following the introduction the workshop will cover how to successfully apply for federal employment options, how to navigate federal job sites, and cover how to properly draft a federal resume. This federal workshop is for full/partime, temporary/seasonal and contract federal job opportunities for all job-seeking veterans, service members, and military spouses looking to match their lifestyle and income expectations.
Location: VA Butler Health Care Center, 325 New Castle Road, Butler, PA

08/01/2014 Hiring our Heroes at JB MDL - Join us Friday, August 1, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for a job fair Job Fair proudly hosted in conjunction with the 316th Army Reserve Operation Warrior Program for veteran job seekers, active duty military members, guard and reserve members, and military spouses at the Navy Hanger, Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 64, 3370 Wonnacott Ave, Joint Base MDL, NJ 08641. Employment workshops aimed at helping veterans and transitioning service members leverage military experience to achieve civilian career goals will be held at 9 am, 11 am, and 1 pm. Event Schedule: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Hiring Fair 9:00 a.m. Employment Workshop 11:00 a.m. Employment Workshop 1:00 p.m. Employment Workshop Registration  Job Seekers, Employers, and Service Organizations: Click here to register. Hiring Our Heroes Employment Workshop The Hiring Our Heroes employment workshop consists of a classroom session beginning an hour and a half prior to the hiring fair. This will be followed one-on-one mentoring sessions with all pre-registered and walk-in participants to be conducted throughout the day.  Mentoring sessions focus on resume building, resume writing, and interviewing techniques for all job-seeking veterans and service member participants. Interested candidates must complete the FREE electronic pre-registration in order to participate.  A maximum of 50 participants will be accepted for the full workshop.  Once the pre-registered candidates have their coaching sessions, the opportunity may be available for “walk ins” to have a coaching session through the end of the Fair (depending on availability). ► Must register as a jobseeker above.
Location: Navy Hanger, Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 64, 3370 Wonnacott Ave, Joint Base MDL, NJ

08/01/2014 Welcome Home HM1 Marco McNair USN - Hospital Corpsman Second Class Marco Dwayne McNair He attended Camden County Technical Vocation School. He then attended Lincoln Tech Institute before reporting to Basic training in April 2001. Upon completion of recruit training in June 2001, he transferred to the Naval School of Dental Assisting in Sheppard AFB, Wichita Falls Texas in which he graduated in September 2001. Upon graduation HM1 McNair then reported to his first permanent duty station at Sewells Point Dental Norfolk, VA. From there HM1 McNair attended to FMSS in Camp Lejeune, NC before being assigned to 2nd Dental BN, 2nd MLG, forward. While stationed at Camp Lejeune HM1 McNair served one tour as a Dental Assistant at the forward deployed base Camp Al Assad, Iraq from Feb – Nov 2005. HM1 McNair then transferred to Naval Hospital Pensacola before being attending Dental Prosthetic Basic Laboratory “C” School at Sheppard AFB, Wichita Falls Texas. Upon graduation HM1 McNair transferred to US Naval Hospital Naples Italy. After completing his tour overseas HM1 McNair attended Dental Prosthetic Advanced Laboratory “C” School at Fort Sam Houston, TX. Upon graduation, Petty Officer McNair then reported to 12th Dental Company, 2d Dental Battalion, Camp Lejeune where Petty Officer McNair currently serves as the Leading Petty Officer of the Dental Lab for 12th Dental Company, 2d Dental Battalion, Camp Lejeune. RALLY LOCATION: CHERRY HILL MALL PARKING LOT (IN THE BACK SIDE NEAR JCPENNY AWAY FROM HADDONFIELD RD.), CHURCH ROAD SIDE, HADDONFIELD RD. & CHURCH RD., CHERRY HILL, NJ. RALLY TIME: 4:50PM . KSU: 5:25PM. More info

08/02/2014 Riversharks vs Patriots - Fireworks - benefits MCLEF - Join Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation at Campbells Field! Riversharks vs. Patriot, Saturday, August 2nd 2014. 7:05pm. Come out to Campbell's Field to support Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation and see the Sharks take on the Patriots. Enjoy a fun night out with family and friends including post-game fireworks and kids run the bases on Philadelphia Night at Campbells Field! Tickets only $11 ($1.25 processing fee per ticket). $5 of each ticket will be donated to Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation. Ticket sales end at 5pm on August 1st. Questions? Contact Chuck Keller 856-963-2600 ext 108. . Log onto and select "Riversharks Fundraising Log-In" on the right hand side. 2. Enter your groups unique code "MarineCorpsLaw" 3. Select "Buy" 4. Choose your seats and complete your order. 5. Root for the Riversharks To download / view / print flyer click here
Location: Riversharks Stadium, 401 Delaware Avenue , Camden, NJ

08/04/2014 South Jersey Vietnam Veterans Blood Drive! - Please come out to donate at the South Jersey Vietnam Veterans Blood Drive! Monday, August 4, 2014 2pm-7pm Glassboro VFW Click Here to schedule an appointment
Location: VFW Glassboro, 275 Wilmer, Glassboro, NJ

08/09/2014 4th Annual Ride for Wishes and Make a Wish Carnival - Sponsored by Moyers Grove Campground -The ride meets at Moyers Grove Campground, 309 Moyers Grove Rd. in Wapwallopen. Registration begins at 9:00 am and the motorcycles go out at 11:30 am. The fee us $15.00 for a rider, $5.00 for a passenger and includes a food voucher. The ride is approximately 70 miles. The ride ends with a carnival, food, games, raffles, live bands and vendors. The ride is in memory of Robert Hippie Visakay, AF1. All the proceeds benefit Make A Wish. For more information call (570) 379-3375, or go to
Location: Moyers Grove Campground, 309 Moyers Grove Rd, Wapwallopen, PA

08/10/2014 Poker Run to Benefit Graduating EMT's, Firefighters and BRHS students - Start Time 9:00am-11:00am Hope Hose Humane Fire Company 150 West Burlington Street Bordentown, NJ 08505 End: 12:00pm-4:00pm Cool Cricket 216 4th Street Fieldsboro, NJ 08505 All modes of transportation $10 per hand $5. per passanger Best Hand Wins $100. Ride not required, play full hand at Cool Cricket Prized will be awarded at 3:00pm All Donations to Benefit Graduating EMT's, Firefighters and BRHS students Door Prizes, Food, Vendors, Band/DJ
Location: Hope Hose Humane, 150 West Burlington Street, Bordentown, New Jersey, 08505

08/12/2014 - 08/17/2014 34th National Veterans Wheelchair Games 2014 - Come out and Support our Veterans - Show Your Support for our Veterans! The Department of Veterans Affairs and Paralyzed Veterans of America are co-presenting the 34th National Veterans Wheelchair Games, which will be held in Philadelphia and surrounding towns in New Jersey, August 12-17, 1014. Over 600 athletes from around the United States and Great Britain will be participating. The National Veterans Wheelchair Games is a multi-event sporting and rehabilitation program for military service Veterans who use wheelchairs for sports competition due to spinal cord injuries, amputations or other neurological disorders. Competitive events at the 34th National Veterans Wheelchair Games include air guns, archery, basketball, bowling, field events, handcycling, a motorized wheelchair rally, nine-ball, power soccer, quad rugby, slalom, softball, swimming, table tennis, track, trapshooting and weightlifting Athletes compete in all events against others with similar athletic ability, competitive experience or age.  COME OUT AND CHEER ON OUR VETERANS !!! If you and/or your organization is interested in volunteering to help out at any of these events, click here to volunteer online, call 215-823-7800 OR Email .  OPENING CEREMONIES are on Tuesday, August 12th at 6pm at Philadelphia Convention Center - Grand Hall Schedule of games being held in NEW JERSEY are listed below. Wednesday, August 13, 2014 FIELD/TRACK – 8am and 1pm – Moorestown High School, Moorestown, NJ TENNIS – Exhibition – 1pm at Moorestown High School, Moorestown, NJ BOWLING – 6pm– Laurel Lanes, Maple Shade, NJ Thursday, August 14, 2014 BOWLING – 8am, 11am and 2pm at Laurel Lanes, Maple Shade, NJ Saturday, August 16, 2014 ARCHERY – 8am at Moorestown High School, Moorestown, NJ TENNIS – Exhibition – 8am at Moorestown High School, Moorestown, NJ TRAPSHOOTING – 9am and 1pm at Pine Valley Club, Berlin, NJ Schedule of games being held in PHILADELPHIA are listed below. Wednesday, August 13th Air Rifle - 8am, 10am, 1pm, 3pm and 7pm at Philadelphia Convention Center Basketball - 6:30pm and 8pm at Philadelphia Convention Center Thursday, August 14th Air Rifle - 8am, 10am, 1pm, 3pm and 7pm at Philadelphia Convention Center Nine Ball - 8am at Downtown Marriott Hotel Table Tennis - 1pm at Philadelphia Convention Center Basketball - 6:30pm and 8pm at Philadelphia Convention Center Power Soccer - 7pm and 8:30pm at Philadelphia Convention Center Friday, August 15th Table Tennis - 8am, 1pm at Philadelphia Convention Center Nine Ball - 8am, 1pm at Downtown Marriott Hotel Quad Rugby - 8am, 10am, 6:30pm at Philadelphia Convention Center Power Soccer - 8am, 10am, 6:30pm and 8pm at Philadelphia Convention Center Air Pistol - 8am at Philadelphia Convention Center Weightlighting - 9am at Philadelphia Convention Center Slalom - 1pm, 6:30pm at Philadelphia Convention Center Saturday, August 16th Softball - 8am, 9:30am, 11am, 12:30pm, 2pm, 3:30pm at Phila Convention Center Slalom - 8am, 1pm at Philadelphia Convention Center Handcycle Tune Up - 8am at Philadelphia Convention Center Power Soccer - 9am at Philadelphia Convention Center Boccia - 6pm at Philadelphia Convention Center Weightlifting - 7pm at Philadelphia Convention Center Swimming - 7pm at Kroc Center, Philadelphia Sunday, August 17th Handcycling - 7am at...
Location: Various Locations, Moorestown, Maple Shade, Berlin, Philadelphia, PA/NJ

08/14/2014 - 08/17/2014 America's 9-11 Ride - Gettysburg and Somerset, Pennsylvania - America's 9-11 Ride -Sponsored by America's 911 Foundation Inc. In Gettysburg the ride starts at Battlefield Harley-Davidson, 21 Cavalry Field Road at 12:45 on August 14th. Lunch will be included before the ride leaves. In Somerset the ride begins at Highland Harley-Davidson, 802 N. Center Avenue beginning at 7:00 am. Pre-registration is required. Riders my participate with sponsorships of $250.00 or more. Additional awards will be given to those that raise more than $250.00. The fee for non-sponsored riders is is $150.00 for the rider and $40.00 for the passenger. The fee also covers lunch and tolls for Friday and Saturday. The event includes guided rides to the Flight 93 Memorial on Thursday afternoon. Beginning on Friday the riders will participate in a fully police escorted commemorative motorcycle ride to all three of the September 11th crash sites in remembrance of those who served, protected, lost their lives and to the volunteers of that day. On Friday the ride will include stops in Cumberland, Maryland, Rocky Gap State Park, and Hagerstown, Maryland before ending in Arlington, Virginia. On Saturday the ride continues with a 7:00 am start from the Pentagon. The ride to New York City will include stops for fouel and food. On Sunday morning riders may go on a police escorted ride to the World Trade Center Memorial. For more information call 1-877-771-0118, or go to
Location: Americas 9-11 Ride, ., Gettysburg/Somerset, PA

08/17/2014 11th Annual American Legion Riders Poker Run - The ride starts at American Legion, 1256 River Road in Lakewood. Registration is from 9:00 am to 11:00 am, rain or shine. The ride fee is $25.00 per person. Only 500 tickets for this 100 mile ride will be sold. The ride ends in Brick with music, vendors, food and more. Cash prizes will be awarded for the 3 highest hands. Proceeds will benefit Veteran Affairs. For more information call Dave (732) 278-3952
Location: American Legion Lakewood, 1256 River Road, Lakewood, NJ

08/17/2014 Law Ride NJ - The ride has two starting locations: Rockaway River Barn, 11 Greenpond Rd., Rockaway, NJ 07866 and Autoland 170 US Highway 22E, Springfield, NJ 07081. End destination is Newark. Registration at both sites is from 9am to 10:30am. Ride departs promptly following registration. This police escorted ride will benefit the Wounded Warriors Project. The two ride groups will merge enroute arriving together in Newark to enjoy vendors, music and food. Come early for limited edition pin & event T-shirt. The cost is $20.00 per person.
Location: Rocakway & Springfeild, x, x, NJ

08/24/2014 4th Annual Memorial Softball Tournament - Billy Walker - Save the Date – 4th Annual Memorial Softball Tournament – August 24th, 2014. Batter up – dust off your baseball bat and gloves, the fourth annual Billy Walker Jr. Memorial Softball Tournament will take place Sunday August 24th, 2014.  The tournament celebrates Billy Jr.’s legacy with his friends, family and community.  We aim to have some fun while raising funds to assist First Responders. Laurel Acres Park – 1033 Union Mill Road, Mount Laurel, NJFood and refreshments will be available for purchase at the club house.  Players can expect a fun day of competition and bragging rights. More info
Location: Laurel Acres Park, 1033 Union Mill Road, Mt Laurel, NJ

08/24/2014 American Legion Riders - Jerset Devil Chapter - Post 371 - Riversharks Game - August 24th. - Riversharks vs. York Revolution Sunday, August 24th, 2014 - 1:35pm Tickets $11 plus $1.12 processing fee 1. logon to and select "Riversharks Fundraising Log-In" on the right-hand side. 2. Enter our group's unique code - JDALR 2. Select 'Buy" 4. Choose your seats and complete your order 5. Root for the Riversharks while supporting our veterans!
Location: Campbell’s Field, 401 N. Delaware Avenue, Camden, NJ, 08102

08/27/2014 - 08/28/2014 Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge - Monthly Meeting - Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge meets the last Wednesday of every month at the US Coast Guard Station in Philadelphia.  ALL Veterans, family, friends, and anyone interested in military history are invited to attend.  Lunch is available for $6 in the Galley starting at 11 A.M. and the meeting begins at 12:30 P.M. We usually have a guest speaker, and just hosted 2 VVA Chapters from Bordentown and Philadelphia,
Location: US Coast Guard Station Philadelphia, 1 Washington Ave, philadelphia, pa, 19147

09/04/2014 - 09/07/2014 Wildwood Bike Week - Roar to the Shore
Location: Wildwood Roar to the Shore, .., Wildwood, NJ

09/05/2014 - 09/11/2014 Path of Honor, Patriot Day Ride and 9/11 Candlelight Vigil - Join us WE continue to KEEP the PROMISE to Never Forget 9/11. On Saturday September 5th we will create the Path of Honor which 2,977 American along Putty Hill Ave in Parkville MD beginning at 7:30am. Each flags represents 1 life lost on 9/11. Volunteers needed. FREE Saturday September 6th we will host the 3rd annual 9/11 Patriot Day Ride at Chesapeake Harley Davidson in Darlington MD beginning at 8am. The event includes 6 moments of silence, Pledge of Allegiance, singing of the National Anthem, reading of the names of the 40 Heroes of United Flight 93, Standing Tall 9/11 Memorial trailer, introduction of special guests. Fees: $15.00 for driver $10 for passenger. KSUP at 10:45am. Ride ends at McAvoy's. Proceeds benefit the Flight 93 National Memorial and the Catch A Lift Fund. Thursday September 11th we host our annual Candlelight Vigil at McAvoy's 2531 Putty Hill Ave, Parkville MD 21234. Event includes, Patriotic music, VFW Honor Guard, Pledge of Allegiance, singing the National Anthem, introduction of special guests, presentation of donation to Catch A Lift, tolling of the Remembrance Bell, reading of the names of the 68 Marylanders killed on 9/11. FREE Sponsorships are available by contacting Chuck at 443.281.8381 Visit, for event information
Location: McAvoy’s, 2531 Putty Hill Ave, Parkville , Maryland , 21234

09/06/2014 Break A Guinness World Record Event - “Largest Group Stop, Drop & Roll Demonstration” - WTES’ Break A Guinness World Record Event - “Largest Group Stop, Drop & Roll Demonstration” Location: Westampton Sports Complex - 315 Bridge Street Westampton, NJ. Time: Family Fun 12:00pm-4:00pm / Record Attempt 2:00pm. Preregister: Facebook Page:  Facebook Event Page: This was intended to be a fun event at WTES’ 2014 Fire & Life Safety Open House. Unknown to us there was already a Guinness World Record for “Largest Group Stop, Drop & Roll”. We were excited to get 500-1000 people to do it. After applying for the opportunity, they informed us that the current record is held by the Indianapolis Fire Department in 2011 with 1,719 people. It has been a friendly back and forth between Iowa State Fire Marshal and Indianapolis Fire Department breaking each others records through past years. Here is a video of a record breaking attempt in Iowa back in 2011  . We have an awesome community as well as surrounding communities. We believe that we can jump in front of Iowa and Indiana and show them what its like to be Jersey Strong! Also, how neat it would be to be a part of history as well as a part of a Guinness World Record. If the record is broken each participant will be able to order a Guinness World Record Certificate!
Location: Westampton Sports Complex, 315 Bridge Street, Westampton, NJ

09/12/2014 - 09/14/2014 NJ Firemen's Convention - New Jersey Firemen's Convention and Expo - Wildwood, NJ - September 12, 2014 September 13, 2014. More information Website:
Location: Wildwood, ., Wildwood, NJ

09/14/2014 10th annual Army of Hope Picnic - On  Sunday 9/14 the NJ Elks will be holding it's 10th annual Army of Hope Picnic fundraiser at the Lacey Elks Lodge on 900 Beach Blvd in Lacey NJ. from 12 noon until 5pm. All the proceeds go to support our Fallen Hero Families and the Svervely Wounded of NJ. 100%. Charge is $25 all you can eat and cold beverages included. A day of celebration and commeneration of those who have given so much. For details contact me at or 609-610-2240
Location: Lacey Elks Lodge, 900 Beach Blvd, Lacey, NJ

09/17/2014 1st Annual Veteran Tournment - Golf tournament for Berlin VFW Post # 6253 and Vietnam Veterans of America South Jersey Chapter # 1068
Location: Ramblewood Country Club, 200 Country Club Parkway, Mt. Laurel , New Jersey, 08054

Location: RAMBLEWOOD COUNTRY CLUB, 200 Country Club Parkway, Mt. Laurel , New Jersey, 08054

09/19/2014 POW/MIA Recognition Day Annual Breakfast - Breakfast at the Merion in Cinnaminson to honor all our POW/MIAs on POW/MIA Recognition Day. If interested in attending, contact Sue at . (Limited seating, so you must sign up). Missing Man Ceremony and special guests include POW/MIA families and Ex-POW's. If you are a POW/MIA, or family of one, and would like to attend, please contact Sue.
Location: Merion, Rt 130, Cinnaminson, NJ

09/20/2014 NEW JERSEY STATEWIDE RECOVERY RALLY - NEW JERSEY RECOVERY RALLY 2014 September 20, 2014 RUTGERS ATHLETIC CENTER 83 Rockafeller Road, Piscataway, New Jersey 08854 September is National Recovery Month. In keeping with that directive and forging ahead in our collective vision to celebrate the reality of recovery, New Jersey’s grassroots recovery support community are pleased to announce a family friendly statewide Recovery Rally event at the Rutgers Athletic Center (83 Rockafeller Road, Piscataway, New Jersey) on Saturday, September 20, 2014. The prevention, treatment and recovering communities are uniting to raise awareness, create synergies and serve as the “tipping point” for effectively addressing the disease of addiction. We anticipate this event will go far to offer hope to the suffering, demonstrate the reality of recovery from addiction and serve to eliminate the discrimination and stigma attached to this prevalent disease. As a socially conscious member of the community, you understand the positive impact an event like this can have on the lives of those in need. And we embrace your interest in making New Jersey a state where its people can live healthy and full lives, including freedom from the bondage of substance abuse. This event is not designed as a fundraiser and all donations are tax deductible through our event fiduciary, NCADD-NJ. Towards that end, we are inviting you to attend, participate as a donor, sponsor and/or exhibitor/educator at our event. This is true GRASSROOTS: of the people and for the people. We welcome you and hope you choose to join with us in making this a successful celebration for all! Thank you for your efforts in supporting the community. I look forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, Lisa E. Gladwell Recovery Advocate See you on September 20th! THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! Questions? Please contact Lisa Gladwell at or 201-599-9514
Location: Rutgers Athletic Center, 83 Rockafeller Road, Piscataway, NJ, 08854

09/20/2014 NJ Wounded Warrior Ride & Blues & BBQ Festival - Please join us for our 4th annual NJ Wounded Warrior Ride & Blues & BBQ Festival. This year's ride will take place on 9/20/2014 (Rain date: 9/27/2014). All proceeds for this event & the Blues & BBQ festival goes to benefit our Veterans and our Wounded Warriors. This is a police escorted ride that is about 75 miles in total. Registration will be in the front parking lot of Marlboro High School (95 North Main Street, Marlboro, NJ 07746). Registration starts at 8:30 and goes until 10:30, when we are KSU. We will ride the back roads of Monmouth, Ocean & Burlington counties with a special event along the way. It will be announced during the safety briefing where the special event will take place. The ride ends in Monmouth County at the Marlboro Blues & BBQ festival. There will be a total of 8 bands playing the finest blues music, BBQ food vendors, a beer & wine garden, 50/50 raffles, kids games/rides and lots more. For more information, please visit Hope to see you there!!!
Location: Marlboro High School, 95 North Main Street, Marlboro, NJ

09/20/2014 Hero Thrill Show 2014 - Hero Thrill Show 2014 - Wells Fargo Center, 12Noon-5PM
Location: Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19148

09/20/2014 Beef & Beer - Legion Riders Williamstown - LEGION RIDERS POST 252 WILL HOST A BEEF & BEER @ OUR POST 20 Sicklerville Rd Williamstown Nj 08094 SEPTEMBER 20,2014 FROM 2:00PM TO 6:00PM COST IS $20.00PP INCLUDES BEEF, BEER, SALADS, SODA, LIVE MUSIC BY "AFTERIMAGE, "& "HEADSTONE 118" ,WE WILL ALSO HAVE 50/50 & A BASKET OF CHEER BENEFITS A LOCAL FAMILY. Thank You to K&B Promotions & Booking Agency LLC
Location: American Legion Williamstown, 20 Sicklerville Rd, Williamstown, NJ

09/21/2014 Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom XVIIII
09/22/2014 Hiring Our Heroes - Philadelphia - PHILADELPHIA, PA - Hiring Our Heroes -   We look forward to hosting a hiring fair and employment workshop in Philadelphia on September 22, 2014 - please check back for details or sign up here to receive updates on this event.     
Location: Newtown Square, ., Philadelphia, PA

09/26/2014 - 09/28/2014 NJ Run for the Fallen - The New Jersey Run for the Fallen is a compilation of active-duty military runners and support crew whose mission is clear and simple: To run one mile for every New Jersey service member killed as a result of serving during the War on Terror including Operation Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and New Dawn. Each mile of sweat and pain and each flag saluted, is to pay homage to one service member’s life and their family.  The last weekend of September we run across New Jersey to raise awareness for the lives of those who fought and died, to rejuvenate their memories, keep their spirits alive, to aid in the healing process of the New Jersey Gold Star families and to bring attention to New Jersey residents of the high cost of freedom. More information visit
Location: NJ Run for the Fallen, Cape May, Holmdel, NJ

09/26/2014 Operation Stand Down of SJ - Operation Stand Down of South Jersey – at Cherry Hill Armory, Cherry Hill, NJ. Serving homeless veterans. Federal, State, Public and Private support agencis offer a broad array of FREE services and assistance such as, VA Benefit Counseling, PTSd Counseling, Mental Health, Welfare, Social Secutiry, Food Stamps, Legal Services, Addiction Serviceds, Housing Medical Employment Unemployment, Haircuts and clothing provisiions. Pre registration and transportation arrangments are encourage. Call 800-464-8387. visit
Location: Cherry Hill Armory, Grove St, Cherry Hill, NJ

09/27/2014 7th Anual Aviation Celebration - This annual Air Event features Warbirds, military aircraft, classic cars, military vehicles, and much more. It is held by the Millville Army Air Field Museum located at the airport. For more info, call the museum at: 1-856-327-2347 or their website:
Location: Millville Airport, 1 Leddon St., Millville, New Jersey, 08332, Cumberland County, NJ

09/28/2014 8th Annual Poker Run & Fall Bash - Nam Knights/Barbs HD - September 28, 2014. (Rain Date OCt 5th). POKER RUN: Registration 10:30am. KSU 11am. Registration at American Legion Post 372, 1532 Martin Ave., Cherry Hill, NJ. FALL BASH: 1pm - 5pm at Barbs HD, 926 Black Horse Pike, W. Collingswood, NJ DJ Mike "Chuckles" May (, Lots of Food, Draft Beer, Soda, Water, 50/50, Chinese Auction, Tattoo Contest, Bike Contest, $20 Donation. For tickets contact Chainsaw at or 609-929-5134.
Location: Barbs Harley Davidson, 926 Black Horse Pike, Collingswood, NJ

10/04/2014 - 10/05/2014 IRON and STEEL-NYC to Quantico - On 4 Oct, 2014, the Fire Department New York-Marine Corps Association presents; "IRON and STEEL-NYC to Quantico". The Iron and Steel Team will transport, under escort, 2 sections of World Trade Center Steel from Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn, NY to the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, VA. 4 Oct will be the escort, with a parade/ceremony and reception on 5 Oct. Times on Sunday TBA. Registration begins at 0530hrs at the Ryan Visitors Center, Floyd Bennett Field on 4 October, or pre-register online. For details regarding this historic event, or to register online, please go to our website. You may also register at the Molly Pitcher Service Area in NJ or the Maryland House Service Area in MD. Arrival times for these stops are on the website. Hope to see you at Floyd Bennett Field!! The Iron and Steel Team
Location: Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn, NY, 50 Aviation Road, Brooklyn, New York, 11234, Northeast

10/05/2014 9th Annual Ride for Autism Speaks, Philadelphia
10/05/2014 Wantage Township 2014 7th Annual Veterans Memorial Car, Truck & Bike Show - The Wantage Township 2014 7th Annual Veterans Memorial Car, Truck & Bike Show will be held on Sunday, October 5, 2014 (Rain Date: Sunday, October 12, 2014) from 11am to 4pm at Woodbourne Veterans Memorial Park, 145 Sherman Ridge Road, Wantage, NJ 07461. The 2014 Show proceeds will be donated to The American Legion Charles Auberger NJ Post 213, Wantage, NJ. Come spend the day! Free spectator admission, but donations of non-perishable items for local food pantry would be greatly appreciated. Food & cold refreshments available all day, live music, door prizes, 50/50, tricky tray. Trophies awarded in multiple classes for cars, motorcycles & trucks. $15 pre-registration by 9/29/14, $20 day of show, registration from 11am to 1pm, goodie bags to first 100 registrants. Vendors wanted, registration $20, must be set up by 10:00am, no power available. Flyer/Registration/Vendor form available at For more information visit or email or call Chris at 973-352-9203.
Location: Woodbourne Veterans Memorial Park, 145 Sherman Ridge Road, Wantage, New Jersey, 07461, Sussex County

10/25/2014 10th Annual MCLEF Phila Gala - Mark your calendars! Details to follow
Location: Crystal Tea Room, 100 S. Penn Square East, Philadelphia, PA, 19107

11/10/2014 USMC Birthday at Cookies Tavern - Cookies Tavern - USMC Birthday - Tuns Tavern - Annual USMC Birthday Party at Cookies Tavern, Philadelphia, PA. Party all day long. Join the fun !!  Marine Corps 238 Birthday at Cookies Tavern, 2654 South Alder St., Philadelphia, PA.
Location: Cookies Tavern, 2654 S Alder St, Philadelphia, PA

11/15/2014 Rutgers Military Appreciation Day Football Game - All current military personnel and Veterans,as well as their families and friends, are invited to attend the Rutgers Football Military Appreciation Day football game against Indiana on November 15 at Rutgers Stadium in Piscataway.Discount tickets are available for $30. As of July 1, Rutgers became a member of the Big Ten Conference. For more information, contact Andrew Granozio at Rutgers at 732-907-1583 or email him at
Location: Rutgers Stadium, Route 18/River Road, Piscataway, NJ/Middlesex

12/06/2014 7th Annual Cpt Greg Dalessio 5K Run/Walk - Save the Date. More details to follow. On Monday June 23rd 2008, Greg gave his life serving his country during combat operations in Salman Pak, Iraq. Always with a smile on his face, Greg touched the lives of others through his everyday actions and genuine kindness. Whether with family, friends, or co workers, Greg always found a way to make people feel special and important. Greg has always been a hero to his family, demonstrating how others are supposed to be treated and how to love unconditionally. Join us for the 7th Annual Cpt Greg Dalessio 5K Run/Walk. It starts at Catholic Community of Christ our Light, 402 North Kings Hwy, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034. Registratioin starts at 6:45am. Race starts at 8am. Rain or Shine  
Location: Catholic Community of Christ Our Light, 402 N. Kings Hwy, Cherry Hill, NJ

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