Through the Darkness – Fight Depression Charity Walk Held at Oval on June 14th

by: Robert Allen Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

The weather on Sunday morning, June 14th was wet and drizzly, and the crowds were kept away by the inclement weather, but the spirit of the students from Livingston High School (LHS) were undaunted as they prepared to do laps around the Oval to raise money for NARSAD (National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression), the world’s leading mental health organization, and to raise awareness of Depression and the Got Blue Campaign. Led by Margo Gruenberg and Gregg Greenberg, the students set off accompanied by the Beatles song “Here Comes the Sun.” The clouds parted and the sun came out, shining a light on the event. In total, 40 walkers lapped around the

Oval. The students, family and friends joined together to support this worthwhile cause. Those involved raised over $2,000 through donations, sponsors and t-shirt sales. Special recognition goes to Butch Reinhardt (Public Works), Gary Mankowitz (Community Policing), Sylvia Heller (Jewish Family Services), Bob Davison (MHAEC), Bunnie Ratner (LYCS) and to the parents of these caring students. This event was a collaborative effort between LHS, the Freshmen Friends Club, Marlene Goudreau and Susan Ridley, Assistant Director of Livingston Youth and Community Services (LYCS) program.

For more information on NARSAD, a private, not-for-profit public charity which funds scientific research into the causes, cures, treatments and prevention of severe psychiatric brain and behavior disorders, such as autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder, and anxiety disorder, please go to

The Got Blue Collaborative is supported by the Jewish Family Services and the Mental Health Association of Essex County (MHEAC). It is funded with generous support from the Russell Scott Atkind Memorial Philanthropic Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of MetroWest. The campaign is to raise awareness of the symptoms and risks of depression. The Got Blue campaign offers a helpline (1-866-202-HELP) for immediate assistance. Their website is

The LYCS program is a collaborative community organization funded by the Township of Livingston, and the Livingston Municipal Alliance Committee (LMAC). LYCS is a substance abuse prevention program that teaches healthy life choices to Grades 3-12 in an after-school program within the public school system. For further information about programming go to:

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