May 1, 2011 – The Evesham Celebrations Foundation (ECF), a self-funded, IRS-designated public charity dedicated to enhancing the sense of community for residents in Evesham and throughout Burlington County, has been named recipient of the Burlington County Chamber of Commerce’ 2012 Voice of Business Award for Economic Development.
The Voice of Business Award for Economic Development recognizes one outstanding organization in Burlington County for its proactive involvement in promoting business and community growth or revitalization. “We are truly honored to have received this recognition from our county chamber of commerce,” said Thea Crupcala, ECF board member. “When we formed this group four years ago, our greatest hope was that we’d be able to make a positive difference in the lives of residents through community events and outreach. Awards like this demonstrate our success in achieving that goal.”
With little start up funding and a mission to bring events back to Evesham’s Main Street, the group launched in 2008 with a slate of Fourth of July events that included a 5k race, children’s bike promenade, hometown parade and fireworks display. Based on the success of those first events, ECF branched out to develop events showcasing other aspects of Evesham’s business community including Taste of Evesham, Bike Evesham and Evesham Harvest Fest. The group’s charitable giving includes awarding several $1,000 Scholarships to Cherokee HS Seniors and sponsorship of Team Evesham, a cycling team raising money for Cancer, MS and Juvenile Diabetes research. Today, the group annually hosts more than 100,000 Burlington County residents at its annual slate of events and has filled the gap left by budget cuts that have forced other municipalities to cut or scale back their community events.
The Evesham Celebrations Foundation (ECF), founded in 2008 by a small group of Evesham residents, is a self- funded IRS-designated public charity dedicated to restoring a sense of community to more than 50,000 Evesham, NJ residents. ECF-sponsored community events include Taste of Evesham, Fourth of July celebration, Mayor’s 5K Race, Evesham Harvest Fest and Bike Evesham. ECF also fosters outreach and volunteerism through its support of the Team Evesham charity cycling team, Cherokee High School Senior Volunteer Scholarship Awards and Senior Holiday meals program.