|Jenn Popper with "Santa" Michael|
This evening, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders will present a resolution recognizing and commending Jennifer Popper, a Union County resident who made a nearly 900-mile walk to Maine in memory of her husband, Michael, who died in a tragic boating accident two years ago. Michael was an ardent outdoorsman, and he and Jennifer often hiked through the Watchung Reservation trails and enjoyed our other parks in the county. Michael was also an enthusiastic volunteer for Plainfield causes, serving as a holiday "Santa" each year, and participating in neighborhood cleanups and other worthy causes.
Jennifer pledged to raise $15,000.00 ($1,000.00 for each of the 15 years they were married) for two of their favorite charities: The East Coast Greenway (https://www.greenway.org/) and The Freewalkers (https://freewalkers.org/).
Jennifer kicked off her trip this past June at Union County's Lenape Park, surrounded by family, friends, and well-wishers. Some readers may know Jenn from her journalistic work as the editor of Tap Into Plainfield, one of our major local news sources. She also recorded her journey in a blog. Click here: https://www.jennsjourneynorth.com/
Amazingly, Jenn ended up raising $17,000.00 for the two organizations. Jenn also established The Michael Popper EMT Scholarship at the Plainfield Rescue Squad, to which Michael was devoted, and to which Jenn continues to volunteer and assist at events.
I look forward to seeing Jenn tonight when she accepts the resolution, and I hope that you all will join me in congratulating this outstanding Union County resident.