CLIFTON – This summer, fundraisers will be held at a local restaurant and nearby golf course which were organized in the memory of a Clifton teen who died last year.
James “Jimmy” Hoey, a 17-year-old City resident and senior at Clifton High School, died on April 13, 2008 when he was struck by a car while walking on Route 46 late at night. The details remain hazy regarding the events leading up to the accident that night as it is still unclear why he was walking along the busy road and where he was heading.
Following the accident the community grieved along with the Hoeys who have worked closely with civic and school organizations for many years.
He is survived by his father Jeffrey, mother Cindy, siblings Allison and Matthew as well as Grandmother Beverly and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
“We cannot believe a year has already gone by,” Jeff Hoey said in a recently released statement. “The loss is just as painful today as it was that day in April last year and we have to face the fact this will always be true. We have decided to try and make something good come from this very painful day.”
The Hoey family formed a foundation which will help fund organizations and charities whose causes they believe would have been important to their son.
On Monday, June 22, between 4 and 10 p.m., the TGI Fridays restaurant on Route 3 in Clifton will donate 20 percent of its profits earned to the Jimmy Hoey Memorial Foundation. Anyone interested in contributing are required to bring the TGI Friday’s fundraiser flyer to the restaurant.
Next month the foundation will hold the first annual Jimmy Hoey Memorial Golf Outing at Greenbrook Country Club in North Caldwell. The July 20 event includes a buffet luncheon, cocktail reception, buffet dinner and an award ceremony. The cost is $250 for each individual golfer and $1,000 per foursome. Donations can be made by sending checks payable to Jimmy Hoey Memorial Foundation and sent to the Jimmy Hoey Golf Outing, 38 Meadow Lane, Clifton, 07012.
The Hoey family will contribute money raised to two Boy Scout troops that were close to Jimmy Hoey’s heart, said his father Jeff, as well as to the Somerset Handicapped Riding Stable in Somerset. The family is also creating the Jimmy Hoey Memorial Scholarship to fund deserving high school seniors. They plan to award the first scholarship next year, Jeff Hoey said.
For more information contact Jeff Hoey at 973-222-0368.
We at The BlackFlag Shoppe have heard so much about Jimmy Hoey,Unfortunately we did not have the pleasure of getting to know him better,we do however know how much love he had within his friends and family. Everyone who spoke about him, spoke highly.
We urge everyone to participate in this fundraiser!!
R.I.P. James "Jimmy" Hoey