Did you attend Miles for Matheny 2022? If so, did you stop by for a picture in our special 25th Anniversary picture frame?
Find your photo here, and be on the lookout for even more snapshots from this awesome event next week. Thank you for being there, supporting us, and helping us capture these beautiful moments.
Saturday, June 4th was the 25th Annual Miles for Matheny!
We couldn’t have asked for a better day. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to everyone who showed up this weekend to show love and support to our amazing students, patients, and families! For this special Faces of Matheny feature, we are showing you some of our favorite moments from this beautiful Miles celebration. More photos to come later this week.
Special thanks to the Bernardsville News for their coverage, and to CBS 2 News New York and meteorologist John Elliott for their live broadcast from Miles at the Far Hills Fairgrounds! Check out the videos below.
This exciting event wouldn’t be possible without sponsorships from families, supporters, and businesses in our community. Please join us in thanking:
- The Lavine and Gordon Families, one of our devoted and enthusiastic Matheny families.
- The Poses Family Foundation, which is dedicated to bringing about significant positive impact in five focus areas, the largest being learning disabilities, through a combination of business disciplines, nonprofit expertise, funding and passion.
- Pfizer, one of the world’s premier biopharmaceutical companies who pursues breakthroughs that change patients’ lives.
Thank you to these incredible people and organizations for supporting us as we work to enrich the lives and nurture the unique abilities of our students and patients.
There’s still time to register! Join us on Saturday, June 4th!
Miles is an uplifting day that allows our residents to interact with, and be celebrated by, the surrounding community. Especially on this milestone anniversary, this year’s event is sure to be a joyful day for our patients, students, residents, families, and friends. At Miles, absolutely everyone is welcome to participate and free to be themselves.
In 2022, we are planning to hold all events in person and everything will be done with the health and safety of the people we serve in mind. We are hopeful and excited to bring back the Lu Huggins Wheelchair Walk to the park. The day’s events include 12.5, 25, 35, and 50-mile, and “Hills of Attrition” cycle rides, a 5K Run, Kids Fun Run, and of course the beloved Wheelchair Walk.**
We’re thrilled that this year’s Miles for Matheny will be held at the J. Malcolm Belcher Fairgrounds in Far Hills. It is only fitting that we celebrate our 75th anniversary in the same town where it all began when Matheny was known as the Burnt Mills School for Paralysis Correction. Walter and Marguerite only had a dream and a GI loan of $3,000 to create this amazing organization. Today, Matheny is a comprehensive non-profit organization offering life-saving and life-enriching services that touch the lives of hundreds of people with special needs every day.
Matheny residents have enjoyed several celebrations this month!
First there was A Night to Shine, a prom event for people with special needs sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation. The event was a virtual celebration filled with music, positive messages, and appearances by celebrities. The residents had a great time viewing the event and participating with their peers and staff. A special thanks to Bridget Rainville of Bethany Church and Andrea Szott for all of their support in making this event happen.
Matheny also held Valentine’s Day celebrations on our Peapack campus. Residents loved posing for pictures!
We’re so grateful for our Matheny community, and we love events that allow us to spend time together and make great memories.
Matheny is dedicating 2022 to celebrating an important milestone – our 75th anniversary! 75 years of enriching lives and growing abilities for children and adults with developmental disabilities. This institution has an incredibly inspiring story that began with one family’s vision and devotion. We are proud to continue the work each and every day to help ensure that our students, patients, and residents have the medical care, education, and other services that allow them to live the active and fulfilling lives they deserve.
As part of our celebrations throughout the year, we want to highlight Matheny community members – the people who have made Matheny the place we all know and love over the last 75 years. What initially drew them to Matheny? What makes them stick around, through both the joyful and the challenging periods? What are their favorite memories and stories? What’s the first thing that comes to mind when they think of Matheny?
We hope you enjoy this new series – The Faces of Matheny!
And who better to start this story sharing than a community member who found his way back to Matheny after a period away? Meet Matheny’s new chaplain, Fr. Paul!
Fr. Paul Varchola West, more commonly known around the halls of Matheny as Paul, received a B.M. in Music Theory and completed an MFA in Music Composition in 2010. After completing his degree, he began working at Matheny as a Recreation Therapy Assistant. Paul later worked in the Education Department as a 1:1 Aide, and then as the school’s Music Teacher until 2016 when he began his seminary studies. Fr. Paul completed his M.Div. in May of 2020 and was ordained a Byzantine Catholic Priest on July 18th of that year, at which point he was assigned as the pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Byzantine Catholic Church in Levittown, PA. During seminary formation, Fr. Paul completed his Chaplaincy Internship (CPE) at UPMC Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. Recently, Fr. Paul caught wind of an open Chaplaincy position at Matheny and jumped at the opportunity to return to the “Matheny Family” as he always found great joy within those halls. And it’s not just him – Paul’s wife Alissa was a Music Therapist at Matheny from 2005-2009, and again from 2010-2016. Their two children have many fond memories of Matheny and are looking forward to making many more. Truly a family affair!
When asked about his favorite Matheny memory, Fr. Paul had this to say:
“Back in 2013 when I was working as the school’s music teacher, an album I had performed on years prior while living in Los Angeles was picked up for a Grammy Nomination. To my surprise, there was a rather large uproar at Matheny, which honestly rivaled the Red Carpet! Anyway, there was so much excitement that, in all honesty, I wanted to “bring home the Grammy” more for the folks at Matheny than for myself. So, my wife and I got to travel back to LA, go to several fancy parties, walk the Red Carpet, and even watch the Grammys performances from AMAZING seats! After all that…we didn’t win the Grammy. When I returned to Matheny, a whole group of students presented me with a Grammy Award they made with their art teacher, Felicia. It said “Paul West – Our Every Day Grammy Winner” on it. It was made out of a tissue box, a Styrofoam coffee cup, and some gold paint. That award still sits on a shelf in my office. My Grammy Nominee medal from the Recording Academy is in a box somewhere…I have no idea where. What Matheny (the staff and students/residents) did was demonstrate how true the phrase “the Matheny Family” really is. The unity, the love, the care, the devotion, dedication, support, pride in one another’s achievements – that’s what I will remember, always.
We’re so grateful to have Fr. Paul back at Matheny! Thanks for the wonderful story. Here’s to the many more stories we’ll create here – over the next 75 years and beyond!
Do you have any favorite Matheny stories that you would like to share? Would you like to be featured in this series (or know someone you’d like to see featured)? Get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org or on social media @mathenymedical.
On December 14, 2017, our beloved Chuck Matheny passed away. Over the past four years, all of us at Matheny have worked hard to model his compassionate and joyful spirit every day. In 2022 and beyond, we will continue to be inspired and guided by Chuck’s remarkable story and legacy. Please take a moment to reflect on his life as we celebrate this season of generosity and love.
Learn more about Chuck here.
Interested in joining the Matheny team? Please send along your resume for consideration for our upcoming virtual hiring event!
The event will be held on Wednesday, December 8th from 4pm to 7pm. Interested applicants should send their resumes to email@example.com. Selected candidates will receive an interview time slot and a link to a Zoom meeting from Matheny’s Human Resources department. Candidates can also call 908-234-0011 x 1236 or 1306 with questions, or visit our Employment page to learn more about available positions, benefits, and more.
There are open positions in several departments, including nursing, direct support, housekeeping, and food service. Additional positions at the Matheny School include school nurses, elementary school teachers, and paraprofessionals.
All positions offer the rewarding opportunity to make a difference in the lives of Matheny’s patients and residents.
We hope to hear from you!
We want to give a huge thanks to all of the staff, volunteers, donors, and anyone else who made Miles for Matheny possible! It was incredibly fun to gather with our community and celebrate!
We strive to create these memorable events with the spectacular individuals in the Matheny family, and we’re eager to create even more.
We’re looking forward to next year – Miles for Matheny 2022 will be bigger and better!
We’re proud to have so many remarkable, hard-working, and accomplished people on our Matheny staff. Today, we’re thrilled to share that Matheny’s Chief Financial Officer Kathleen Powers was included on NJBIZ’s “Accounting Power 50” List! As NJBIZ puts it:
“Business owners and executives fortunate enough – and smart enough – to work with the CPAs recognized here are getting top-flight advice and service.”
Matheny has certainly benefited from Kathy’s skills, experience, and dedication. We couldn’t be more grateful to have her on our team. Please join us in congratulating Kathy and the rest of the great professionals on this list!
This Saturday, June 5th, is our 24th annual Miles For Matheny celebration! As always, this event both benefits and celebrates children and adults with special needs.
Although we are not able to hold a celebration as large as the ones in years past, we will still offer a day of fun and community while prioritizing safety for everyone involved. We are thrilled to be offering in-person cycling at Peapack’s Liberty Park (with routes designed by the Bedminster Flyers), as well as virtual events for those who would rather participate from home.
If you are joining us for in-person cycling, the schedule is:
7:30am Registration Opens
8:00am Hills of Attrition and 50-Mile Cycle Rides Start
8:30am 35, 25, and 10-Mile Cycle Rides Start
12:00pm Welcome back cyclists to Liberty Park
If you prefer to participate virtually, you will have until the end of the day on June 2oth to complete your event. Record and share your time if you want to, but it’s not required to participate. Learn more on our website.
Follow along on social media throughout the day – we’ll be celebrating on our Peapack campus and group homes! Share pictures or video of your own Miles celebrations and use the hashtags #MilesForMatheny and #MilesOfSmiles.
Thank you for being a part of our celebration. We love sharing this special day with our Matheny community. See you Saturday!