RUTHERFORD, N.J. – For the ninth consecutive year, members of the Felician University women's basketball team volunteered to assist the Borough of Rutherford operate its annual Ragamuffin Parade.
Held yearly by the Rutherford's Recreation Department on the Saturday before Halloween, the Ragamuffin Parade allows borough youngsters to march through the town in full costume. The event starts at Rutherford High School and ends at Lincoln Park.
The Felician players, also dressed in Halloween costumes, assisted in several areas on Oct. 29. They acted as chaperones, playing music as the children proceeded through the parade. Once at Lincoln Park, the Golden Falcons helped by giving out candy and serving as costume contest judges.
"Coach Steve Fagan and his team are willing to be there for us whenever we need volunteers," said Barbara Bennett, director of the Rutherford Recreation Department. "We thank them for the gift of their time and effort. The Rutherford community appreciates their hard work!"
According to Felician senior Success Edioma (Newark, N.J./East Side), the feeling is mutual.
"Everyone was just so thankful," Edioma said. "It was good to see that the kids were so happy. The costumes were amazing; you could tell that a lot of time went into making them. It's always good to get involved."
Rutherford is home to one of Felician's two Bergen County campuses. The Felician Rutherford campus houses, among other offices and amenities, the University's athletics department and residence halls. It is also home to the recently-refurbished Iviswold Castle and the new Education Commons building.
Community service is a theme constantly stressed by the Golden Falcon coaching staff. In September, team members volunteered at the Steven Siller Tunnel To Towers 5K Run and Walk. At its opener on Nov. 16, Felician sponsored a holiday food drive. A breast cancer fundraiser is slated for February.
"Getting out in our community shows we care about more than school and basketball, that we also care about people," Edioma said. "Our school is in a small area where a lot of people don't know there is a university. I hope we are giving a good name to Felician."