American Legion Post 493 Hosts HERO Spaghetti Dinner

Apr 09, 2018

The John R. Elliott HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers is hosting a spaghetti dinner fundraiser at the American Legion Hall 493 in Little Egg Harbor Township on Saturday, April 14, from 5 to 8 p.m. in memory of Matt Uhl, a Rowan University student who was killed in 2013 after being hit by a drunken driver. Funds raised from the event benefit the John R. Elliott HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers to prevent drunk driving tragedies. Tickets cost $15 for ages 8 to adult; children younger than 8 are free.

HERO Campaign organizers and supporters will be joined by the Uhl family at Post 493, located at 420 Radio Rd. in Little Egg Harbor, to honor Matt, who was just 22 years old when he lost his life on April 12, 2013. Matt was struck in front of his fraternity house on the Rowan campus while crossing the street with his friends. A senior studying entrepreneurship at the college’s school of business, he was set to graduate that spring.

“Drunk driving tragedies affect entire families and communities,” Bill Elliott, founder of the HERO Campaign, said. “Through fundraising events like this, we educate and encourage individuals to step up and take the HERO Pledge to be a designated driver and prevent future loss of life.”

The HERO Campaign was established by the family of Navy Ensign John Elliott of Egg Harbor Township, who was killed in a July 2000 collision with a drunken driver two months after graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy. The campaign is now in seven states and works in partnership with law enforcement, schools and colleges, federal and state highway safety organizations, the licensed beverage industry and professional sports teams. Since its inception, the HERO Campaign has helped to reduce alcohol-related fatalities and incidents, including a 35 percent reduction in DUI fatalities in New Jersey and other states over the past decade. —P.J.


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