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« on: August 22, 2013, 10:28:10 PM »
Hackensack PBA Cowboy Up for Autism Speaks: bull riding, monster trucks, more

Posted by: Jerry DeMarco    Tags:  Autism Speaks, bull riding, Cowboy Up, Cowboy Up for Autism Speaks, Hackensack, Hackensack PBA Local 9, Hackensack police, monster trucks, PBA Local 9    Posted date:  August 8, 2013  |  No comment

SHOUT OUT: Hackensack PBA Local 9 is hosting an all-day country festival with music, rides, monster trucks and a live professional bull-riding competition to help raise money to research and treat autism.



Cowboy Up for Autism Speaks, at Foschini Park on Saturday, Aug. 24, will also feature a car show, water rides, raffles, a chili cook-off and lots of other food, as well as an end-of-the-night fireworks show.

94.7 NASH FMs Street Team will be there, as well.

The idea was generated by Detective Keith Marrano, an amateur bull rider, with support from the local.

Autism is something that affects many officers families everyone, Hackensack Detective John Mora told CLIFFVIEW PILOT. Events like these help raise awareness as well as money.

Donation: $10

Children 12 and under: free



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« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2013, 02:32:09 PM »
Hackensack cop to ride bull for autism fight
Friday, August 23, 2013
The Record

HACKENSACK The city police union will host an all-day country festival and rodeo Saturday that features one of its detectives as a bull rider. The festival, which includes live music, a petting zoo, rides and monster trucks, will raise money for Autism Speaks.

It takes place at Foschini Park, at River and East Camden streets, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. When bull riders take the floor from 4 to 7 p.m., city Detective Keith Marrano will be among them. Marrano, 34, started riding about seven months ago and brought the idea of a rodeo fundraiser to the Police Benevolent Association Local 9, which grew into an all-day festival.

The East Coast Bull Riding Association will host the bull-riding competition. Music includes performances by Nashville artist Scott DeCarlo, a former East Rutherford police sergeant, and Bridgette Tatum. There is a suggested $10 admission donation; children 12 and under are free. For information, visit www.hackensackpbalocal9.org.

Hannan Adely

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« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2013, 03:48:01 PM »
Hackensack police fundraiser packs a Western flair
Sunday August 25, 2013, 9:33 AM
BY  KAREN SUDOL
STAFF WRITER
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Photos: Rodeo in Hackensack


Hackensack Detective Keith Marrano riding a bull at a fundraising event at Foschini Park on Satursday.
MARKO GEORGIEV / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

HACKENSACK No bull: The cattle were actually jumping and kicking at Foschini Park on Saturday, trying to buck their riders off at a rodeo-style competition.

And one city police detective, who has been training to bull-ride since February, tried his hand in the match-up of eight riders.

In fact, it was Detective Keith Marrano's idea for the Hackensack Policemen's Benevolent Association Local 9 to host a bull-riding event to raise money for the union. It then morphed into a festival with Officer John Herrmann suggesting that some of the funds be donated to Autism Speaks, an organization that funds research into the causes, treatment, prevention and a cure for autism, increases awareness and advocates for the needs of individuals with autism.

Herrmann said he was anticipating an attendance of 5,000 people for the daylong event; he didn't know Saturday afternoon how much money would be raised for Autism Speaks.

Kori Buro, director of field development for Northern New Jersey Autism Speaks, said the event was an opportunity to raise awareness about the developmental disorder.

"The more people know about it, the more they're accepting of children and adults in the spectrum," she said while manning a booth.

The festival offered monster truck rides, children's rides, a petting zoo, food vendors, a car show and country bands. Nashville artists Scott DeCarlo, a former East Rutherford police sergeant, and Bridgette Tatum performed on stage and fireworks were to close out the daylong event.

But the big draw for visitors was the amateur bull-riding competition organized by Let R Buck, a Connecticut-based bull-riding school where Marrano learned how to ride.

Marrano, a 34-year-old North Jerseyan who has been a fan and spectator of the sport for years, said trying his hand at bull riding came to him as a quasi-joke, but he followed through.

"It's probably the biggest adrenaline rush," he said, adding that he broke his foot while riding in June, making Saturday the first time back for him.

"I'm nervous about breaking something again," he said a few hours before heading to the arena that had been set up.

Amid cheers, Marrano came out of the shoot and stayed on his bull for a few seconds before being tossed. He arose without apparent injury.

The seven other riders were graduates of the Connecticut school and could potentially become professionals. All had to stay on the bucking bulls for a minimum of 8 seconds to move on to a subsequent round. They were also judged by their technique. The winner was to receive a $500 jackpot.

Michael Sheehen of River Edge said he read about the festival in the paper and attended because bull riding was something different to see.

"Let's put it this way all the years I've been living in Jersey and I've never seen a bull in Hackensack," he said.

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