From left: Cindy Bresan, accounting manager with NAI Mertz; Kathy Valentino of Joan Dancy & PALS Foundation, and Bresan’s sister, Beth Maul, are pictured at the Joan Dancy and PALS Foundation’s Annual Valentine Polar Plunge. — Courtesy: NAI Mertz
By Real Estate NJ
An accounting manager with NAI Mertz recently took part in a polar plunge, leading the firm’s effort to raise more than $3,300 for families affected by ALS.
Spearheaded by Cindy Bresan, the Mount Laurel-based real estate services firm raised the funds on behalf of the Joan Dancy and PALS Foundation. The organization recently held its Annual Valentine Polar Plunge, which drew Bresan as a participant alongside hundreds of other community members.
Bresan helped rally family, friends and NAI Mertz colleagues in support of the cause. In addition to the plunge into the Atlantic Ocean in Manasquan, participants also competed for most creative T-shirt and most creative team costume awards.
“This event brings together a brotherhood of family, friends, community and heart to make this day a fundraising success,” Bresan said. “Along with my team of family and friends, I participate in this event in fond memory of my brother who lost his battle to this devastating disease in 2014. It warms my heart to witness the bravery and support of so many individuals.”
The Joan Dancy and PALS Foundation was formed in 2005 by Terry Magovern in honor of Joan Dancy, his late fiancée, after she succumbed to ALS, according to a news release. The mission of the organization is to help people in local communities afflicted with ALS by providing a better quality of life for them and their families.