Dave Moy first popped onto my radar screen as one of those crazy people who go swimming in the Atlantic in January. Along with fellow Mount Laurel TRC’ers Steve Melleady and Bob Vallen, Dave raises money for the Special Olympics in Wildwood’s Polar Bear Plunge.
Dave just reported back from another Special Olympics event: the 2018 Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run and Summer Games, the 35th anniversary of the Torch Run and the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics. Dave tells us the run started at 5:30am on June 8 from Atlantic City, with Dave following the runners in the Holman Support Vehicle: an F-350 courtesy of Ford-Lincoln Maple Shade and Fleet Manager Glenn MacGarvey. There were supporters along each leg of the 59-mile route, including a few schools where students ran side-by-side with the officers. The run concluded at 3:30 pm in Camden.
After the Torch Run, Dave drove to Trenton’s College of NJ for the opening ceremonies of the Summer Games, where each Special Olympic athlete received a medal from a uniformed officer. Dave says that at the event, his group of volunteers cooked, prepared, and served all of the food: a total of 20,880 meals with 7,706 hot dogs, 13,104 hamburgers, 26,000 bottles of water, 450 lbs. of potato salad, 350 lbs. of health salad, 7,000 bags of apple slices, 150 lbs. of onions, 200 lbs. of sauerkraut, 2,000 individual salads, 396 jars of sliced pickles, 5,280 granola bars, 20,000 bags of chips, 4,000 bananas, 4,000 oranges, and 3 pallets of charcoal (whew!).
Dave finished his account by thanking sponsors and the countless volunteers that make events like these possible: “Support and generosity like Holman’s continue to make this a great event, allowing all of the athletes and their families to attend at no cost. I can’t wait to do it again next year!”