State Charity Program

Each year, student leaders at our member schools raise thousands of dollars for a special State Charity that is chosen by their State Officers each April.

At the Spring Awards Program in May the overall donation to the outgoing State Charity is presented (see above) and the newly selected State Charity for the coming year is announced. Awards are also are presented to schools for various levels of support ($1000 Club, $2000 Club, $5000 Club, $10000 Club) and to the top three middle and high schools in the state.

You can CLICK HERE to view the most recent award winning schools for State Charity.

Donation/Pledge Form

Click on the link below to access the online form for submitting your school's State Charity pledge. You'll receive a confirmation that you can use to submit to your Business Office to process the donation. Please mail all donations, PAYABLE TO NJASC, to the Southern Office (PO Box 968, Delran NJ 07085).

NOTE: State Charity donation checks must be made PAYABLE TO NJASC or they will not count toward your school or the overall state award totals!

CLICK HERE to access the online Donation/Pledge form for our current (2023-2024) State Charity

Application to Become our Next State Charity

Do you know (or work for) a charitable organization with an interest in applying to become our next State Charity? Download the application form and more information below...

CLICK HERE to access the 2024-2025 State Charity Application Form

Deadline for submitting this form to Executive Director Lou Miller is February 29, 2024.

2023-2024 State Charity

Sherrie and Michael Wells started the Hugs for Brady Foundation in 2009, shortly after their 13 month old son, Brady Michael, was diagnosed with Non-Differentiated Acute Leukemia, a very rare form of leukemia. In 2010, Brady passed away at 23 months old, after he had bravely battled the disease for ten months.

The Hugs for Brady Foundation is dedicated to helping children with childhood cancers. Our moral compass has directed us to support children with cancer in any and every way possible.

Every year, over 13,500 children are diagnosed with cancer in the US. The Hugs for Brady Foundation was started to help end pediatric cancer for good, and we will not rest until childhood cancers of all types are a forgotten nightmare. Sadly, when it comes to pedicatric cancer, there's still a lot of work to be done...

  • Childhood cancer research is vastly and consistently underfunded.
  • Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children under the age of 15 in the U.S.
  • One in 285 children in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer by the time they are 20 years old.
  • Every year, an estimated 250,000+ new cases of cancer affect children under the age of 20 worldwide.
  • Two-thirds of childhood cancer patients will have long lasting chronic conditions from treatment.
  • Childhood cancer occurs regularly, randomly and spares no ethnic group; socioeconomic class; or geographic region.
  • In the United States, the incidence of cancer among adolescents and young adults is increasing at a greater rate than any other age group, except those over 65 years.
  • Childhood cancer is not just one disease. It is made up of a dozen types and countless subtypes.

The Hugs for Brady Foundation directly funds…

  • Advanced cancer research at centers such as The Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
  • Special projects such as funding the region’s first sedation-free MRI project at New York Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital
  • Helping families defray the costs of cancer treatment for their sick children
  • Providing computers, TV’s, furniture and video games for children at oncology units like the Robert Wood Johnson Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital’s Hematology/Oncology Unit
  • Organizing Life-Saving Blood Drives

From buying custom built Brady Buggy Wagons, computers, TVs and video games, to the funding of the New Jersey’s first pediatric hematology/oncology young investigator program; every dollar donated is spent in the pursuit to make the lives of children with cancer better. Our non-profit organization serves people of all races, creeds, and religions. We do not discriminate. We merely support all causes concerning pediatric cancer. No child is turned away— no matter what their financial status or if they do not have health insurance. According to our calculations, it costs about $10,000 day to be a patient on the pediatric oncology floor.

We look forward to the student leaders of New Jersey coming together, as they have each year for OVER 40 YEARS, to support our State Charity and this worthy cause in 2023-2024!

Past State Charities

Our State Charity program dates back over 40 years and has raised over four million dollars for a variety of worthy causes...