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East Hanover Police Department wins First-Responders Challenge…then shares prize with team representing Florham Park PD


Monday evening event now benefitting two non-profits

Host venue recently completed $5M renovation

EAST HANOVER, N.J., Sept. 24, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- In the end, everybody won.

While the team from East Hanover Police Department captured the East Hanover Funplex location's First-Responders Challenge last night, members decided to share their prize with their competition, the team from Florham Park Police Department. As a result, rather than The Funplex hosting (entirely free-of-charge) a fundraising event to benefit the winning department's charity of choice, it will host a combined event that will benefit charities selected by both competing departments.

"Lots of smiles, laughs, and great food last night, and all to benefit one great cause … which quickly turned into two!" said Funplex CEO, Brian Williams. "What could be better? These two local police departments – with family and friends cheering from the sidelines – cooked, raced, and sweated it out. I can't wait to watch both teams get together again during their joint fundraiser."

The First Responders Challenge was an extremely competitive – and really fun -- evening of Go-Kart racing, Hyper-bowling, and a culminating, Jersey Shore boardwalk-style food cook-off.  Judges for the cook-off – which featured each team preparing a food item of its choice – were actress Rylee King; culinary expert Karen Fischer; and blogger Yully Hernandez.

The backdrop for the event was the Funplex's all-new, $5 million boardwalk area. Themed as iconic Jersey shore, the boardwalk features two new indoor rides, "Reverse Time" and "Drop-N-Twist". The upgraded entertainment space is the first location in the state to offer HyperBowling, an interactive set of bowling-related games designed around an innovative bumper system. In addition, there is a 6 lane VIP bowling suite, a reconfigured go-kart track, and a restaurant that offers a wide variety of food options.

A photo album from of the event is available here.

About Funplex
The Funplex entertainment center in East Hanover, NJ offers more than 100,000 square feet of activities and is the go-to venue for corporate events, parties, or simply a day of family fun. Highlights include laser tag, arcade games, bowling, a water park, and attractions for everyone. Another Funplex entertainment center is located in Mount Laurel, NJ.  Additional details are available by visiting www.thefunplex.com.

Media Contacts

Mike Cherenson / mcherenson@successcomgroup.com / 973.992-7800, x.104

Kurt Praschak / kpraschak@successcomgroup.com / 973.992-7800, x.289



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SOURCE The Funplex