North vs. South Day games raise $13,500 for local family

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Pete Petracco [left] and Hugh Nolan worked the grill during Brielle's North vs. South Day.

BRIELLE — The annual North vs. South event at Brielle Park on Saturday was a day of fun games with a purpose. It raised money for a family in need of help.

Keith and Susan Mizer’s 2-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Evelyn, was born with a rare genetic disorder called Hurler syndrome. Struggling to find treatment for Evelyn’s condition, the Mizers have been living in hotels in North Carolina.

After expenses, $13,500 was raised for the family on Saturday. Recreation Chairman John Devereux said that the annual goal is to donate $10,000 to the person or family of choice, which has been achieved every year for the past eight years of the games.

The largest donation came from the Brielle Police Department and the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association [PBA]. The $1,000 donation is the largest single donation in the event’s history.

Adult games at the event included volleyball, softball, ultimate frisbee, tennis, tug of war, flag football, dodgeball and basketball. Kids games included soccer, kickball, dodgeball and flag football. A kids’ corner also included crafts and activities for kids, along with face painting. Breakfast, lunch and drinks were also served all day.

At the end of the day, the North was victorious for the second year in a row, by a margin that “wasn’t very close,” said Mr. Devereux.

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