MPPEF to Dedicate 2nd Annual Midland Park 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk To Officer Christopher Birch #529


MIDLAND PARK, N.J., Aug 28, 2015—The Midland Park Public Education Foundation (MPPEF) is dedicating the 2nd Annual Midland Park 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk to Midland Park Police Officer Christopher Birch, who passed away on July 6. The run/walk will be held Sept. 12, 2015 and is expected to draw 250+ participants in this community-wide event.

Proceeds from the event will go directly toward the funding of classroom, district and scholarship grants benefiting all of the students within the Midland Park Public School District.  MPPEF will be awarding a $1,000 scholarship in Officer Birch’s name to a 2016 Midland Park High School graduating senior.

 “Officer Birch touched so many of the students who attend Midland Park Schools,” says MPPEF President Cheryl Crocitto.  “Not only did he participate in community policing activities at the high school, he was on hand at the crosswalk at Godwin School to help the children get to the schools safely,” says Crocitto.

According to event organizers Carol Guingon and Christine Odell, the 2nd Annual Midland Park 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk will begin registration at 7:30 am, with warmups taking place on the field in front of the DePhillips Center at 8:00 am.  A formal program will begin at 8:15 a.m. until the start of the race.  All members of the community are invited to join in the festivities.

“To date, the 2nd Annual Midland Park’s 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk has bought in over $16,000 in sponsorship money, thanks to the support of over 40 area businesses,” says Guingon.  “We are very appreciative by the support of our local community.  All of our sponsors can be proud that they’re making a difference in our community while raising funds for the students who attend the Midland Park School District.”

Those businesses include:

Platinum Level:

Tarleton & Family Landscaping Co., LLC


Diamond Level:

Atlantic Stewardship Bank

Kuiken Brothers

Nuzzi Chiropractic Family & Sports Center

Wade Odell Wade Padded Van Services


Gold Level:

Englewood Hospital and Medical Center

Jacobsen Landscape Design & Construction

Midland Park Education Association (MPEA)

Next Step Chiropractic

Ramapo Wholesalers

Solutions Architecture


Silver Level:

Abballe Corporation

Bogota Savings Bank

Boiling Springs Savings Bank

Jim Desbiens Auto Service

Haviland Photography

LAN Associates


New Life Driving School

Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski

Sal Lauretta’s for Men

Venom Fitness

David Zuidema, Inc.


Bronze Level:
All State

Bergen Interiors LLC

Bill’s Shoe Repair

Crossfit Bison

Chandel Jewelers – Midland Park, Lyndhurst

Columbia Bank

Custom Cut Salon

Drawing Room Fine Art & Sculpture Studio

Edward Bell Creative Landscape & Design, Inc.

Farrier Sporting Goods

H. Rubin Opticians

Koningsberg Pediatric Orthopaedics, PA

Kristin Dahl Fashions

Martin Orthodontics

Midland Park Self Storage

One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating

Pattman Plumbing

Peter’s Fish Market

Pizzaiolo by Brothers

Power Bar

Ridgewood Orthopedic Group

Dr. Keith Seidenberg MD LLC

V&S Floor Covering


The Midland Park’s 2nd Annual 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk is USA Track & Field NJ Certified, and kicks off at 9:00 a.m. at the DePhillips Center, 50 Dairy Street, Midland Park.  A 1-Mile Walk follows at 10:30 a.m.

For more information, to register or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities for the 2nd Annual Midland Park 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk, visit the MPPEF Website at, or friend us on Facebook.


Media Contacts:

Christine Odell – or 201-280-2212
Kyle Kuhnel – or 201-248-3826


The Midland Park Public Education Foundation raises money to fund grants that will strengthen our school system for all our children. By sharing in this goal, our community serves as a vital partner with our district administration, Board of Education, and faculty in providing the tools they need to bring academic excellence to our children.

The Midland Park Public Education Foundation is an all-volunteer not-for-profit organization that enhances and supports new curriculum initiatives and enrichment opportunities within Midland Park’s public school system.