North Ward Councilman Anibal Ramos Jr. today announced that three community groups in Newark received high-quality fitness equipment donated from Prudential through his office.
The North Ward Center, Aspira Inc of New Jersey Boxing Program and the Pan American Caribbean Boxing Organization each received a variety of equipment, including Precor treadmills and stationary bicycles, Cybex weight machines, and free weights and televisions for the equipment.
The Newark-based insurance giant gave fitness equipment to Ramos with the understanding that the councilman would donate it to worthy organizations in the community.
“I want to thank Prudential for giving back to the community and for having confidence that my staff would find a suitable home for the equipment,” Ramos said. “Each of the organizations receiving the equipment serve children in our community and I am positive it will be put to good use.”
“Physical activity is an important component of health for our Prudential employees and the communities in which we live and work,” says Dr. Andrew Crighton, chief medical officer, Prudential. “It’s great to be able to share our resources in this way.”
Juana Edmond, the founder of the Pan American Caribbean Boxing Organization, which serves children ages 7-19, said the equipment would make a big difference.
“I am very pleased I don’t even know how to thank the councilman and Prudential,” Edmond said. “We definitely needed it. We didn’t have enough equipment for the kids.”
Adrianne Davis Adrianne Davis, the Executive Director/Co-Founder of The North Ward Center, said the donated equipment will be put to good use.
“I want to thank the councilman and Prudential for donating this equipment to the community,” Davis said. “We are fortunate to have a councilman who continually looks to help the organizations that are serving the community and corporate partners like Prudential who are committed to the communities where they are located.”
Carlos Valentin, the executive director of Aspira, said the children in the organization’s boxing program will benefit by having the additional equipment.
“On behalf of the kids who will benefit greatly from this generous donation I would like to express our sincere gratitude to Councilman Ramos and Prudential,” Valentin said. “Physical fitness is an important part of the well being and development of our youth and this donation is a great help towards achieving this goal.”
Ramos also thanked Day Break owner Scottie Fields for providing a trailer to move equipment and storing it temporarily on a company site.