The Hoboken Harriers Running Club held its 16th annual winter “Snowball” party and charity fundraiser Saturday night at the Elks Club.
Proceeds from the party will be donated to United Cerebral Palsy of Hudson County, and also to the , which is a Hoboken based afterschool program for under-served children in public housing.
Longtime group member Ian Rintel said that at last check the headcount was over 110 people. Rintel said that based on ticket sales and raffle proceeds he thought the Harriers hit their goal of raising a record high $2,000 for the charities.
Cindy Cray, a member of the Jubilee Center's board of trustees, attended the party and thanked the Harriers for their donation.
“The Harriers have always been supportive of us,” Cray said. “It's not just that they're raising money but that they're also raising awareness about what we do.”
Cuban restaurant catered the food, and two bands performed, the Hoboken Acoustic Jam and the Hoboken All Stars, which is made up of members of the large party band Swingadelic.
The Harriers meet several days during the week for group runs. Each day is set for a different distance, so members can choose when to run based on their individual endurance.
Longtime member Jim Doyle said the size of the overall Harriers group has remained steady over the past year, and while some members have moved away given Hoboken's transient nature, others have joined, including several people new to running.
Four of the newest members got the honor of serving all the partygoers in the buffet line.
One of the servers, Erica Haun, who convinced her three friends to join the Harriers after they had first gotten her interested in running, said the Harriers help her stay motivated.
“They're very friendly and encouraging of new runners,” Haun said.
The Harriers are planning their next big event in the spring, an annual 5 mile race for charity.