Miles of love and community spirit

Neighbors at 23 Mendham Road cheer on the wheelchair participants. From left, Laura and Leah Simpson, Morgan and Debbie Infusino and Spencer Sorge.

“Finally, it’s not pouring rain or 51 degrees. You earned this.” With those words, Wayne Cabot, news anchor for WCBS Newsradio 880, sent the 5K runners on their way during the 17th annual Miles for Matheny, the Matheny Medical and Educational Center’s annual fundraiser and community event, held Sunday, June 1, at Liberty Park in Peapack-Gladstone. Matheny is a special hospital and educational facility for children and adults with medically complex developmental disabilities.

The weather, as Cabot indicated, was perfect. But so were the atmosphere and  overall sense of community spirit, highlighted by the festivities at 23 Mendham Road, located along the route of the Lu Huggins Wheelchair Walk in Peapack-Gladstone. Thanks to Heather Santoro, who lives there with her family, that stop, just before the home stretch of the 1.5-mile journey, served as an incredible rallying point for the wheelchair participants, their friends, families and caregivers when they saw signs that read, “We Love Matheny” and “Roll On, Matheny,” and heard the enthusiastic cheering and noisemaking.

The day, which also featured five cycling routes and a kids’ fun run, attracted an outpouring of supporters from  communities throughout New Jersey. And all the running, walking and cycling, as Cabot and WCBS-TV meteorologist Elise Finch reminded everyone, was being done for one purpose: to support the Matheny Center of Medicine and Dentistry, where more than 800 of New Jersey’s children, teens and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities have access to the best possible medical, dental and therapy care.

Community resident Chet Cheesman gets some assistance from his sister Amber in the Lu Huggins Wheelchair Walk.

Wayne’s webpage

Wayne Cabot and his daughter Amanda, trying to keep dry last year.

WCBS Newsradio 880 anchor Wayne Cabot will once again have a personal webpage on the Miles for Matheny website to raise money for our fundraiser and community event, being held on Sunday, April 21, at Liberty Park in Peapack, NJ. WCBS Newsradio 880 and sister station WCBS-TV are media sponsors of Miles, and Cabot and CBS 2 sports anchor Otis Livingston will be at the event.

Cabot says he comes to Miles every year because, “We believe in what the folks at Matheny do. I have had the honor of being shown around many times. The people at Matheny are treated with care and dignity. I’m so happy to be a part of it.”

Activities at Miles for Matheny include the Lu Huggins Wheelchair Walk, a 5K Road Race, five different Cycling routes, a Kids Fun Run and The Friends of Matheny “Breakfast of Champions” followed by luncheon refreshments in the park.

All funds raised at Miles help support the Matheny Center of Medicine and Dentistry, which provides medical, dental and therapy care to Matheny inpatients and people with disabilities in communities throughout New Jersey. Other major sponsors are: the Poses Family Foundation, title sponsor; Partlow Insurance Agency; Peapack-Gladstone Bank; Porzio Bromberg & Newman, P.C.; and Affinity Federal Credit Union.

To find out how you can be part of this fun-filled and uplifting event, log onto or call (908) 234-0011, ext. 260. To help support Wayne Cabot’s fundraising efforts, click on Search for Participant and type in his name.

Team Wayne

Wayne Cabot and his daughter, Amanda, attempt to stay dry at Miles for Matheny.

WCBS Newsradio 880 anchor Wayne Cabot created a webpage, “Team Wayne,” to raise money for Miles for Matheny. He promoted it at the end of a public service announcement that aired on the all-news radio station during the week leading up to the event, which was held on Sunday, April 22.

On his webpage, Cabot told potential donors, “You’ve made a great choice supporting Miles for Matheny. I’ve participated for years, visited the facility a number of times, talked with the teachers, staff and students and can attest to the great things that are happening there.”

As of April 30, Team Wayne had raised $761.

Thank you, Peapack-Gladstone

Chuck Matheny and friends in the Lu Huggins Wheelchair Walk.

Miles for Matheny, according to Steve Proctor, Matheny president, is a day that, “our patients, students and their families look forward to with great anticipation, and it was particularly meaningful this year because we returned to downtown Peapack. We could not have had such a successful event without the help and cooperation of the Borough of Peapack-Gladstone. The police and fire departments, public works department and mayor’s office all went the extra mile, so to speak, to make sure we had a safe and inspiring day. I’d also like to thank all the volunteers, Matheny staff members and other participants from the community for coming out on a less than perfect day to support us.”

Miles activities included the Lu Huggins Wheelchair Walk, a 5K run, five different cycling routes and a kids fun run, all followed by a rain-shortened picnic. WCBS-TV sports anchor Otis Livingston kicked off the Wheelchair Walk and WCBS Newsradio 880’s Wayne Cabot sent the 5K runners on their way.

All funds raised at Miles for Matheny help support the Matheny Center of Medicine and Dentistry, which provides medical, dental and therapy care to people with disabilities in the community. Donations are still being accepted at

Major Miles sponsors include: The Poses Family Foundation; Affinity Federal Credit Union Foundation; Archer & Greiner, P.C.; BP Fueling Communities; WCBS-TV and WCBS Newsradio 880; Partlow Insurance Agency; Peapack-Gladstone Bank; and Porzio Bromberg & Newman, P.C.

Matheny student Bryan Desatnick with his father Lloyd, left, and mother Edana, right, sharing a laugh with CBS 2’s Otis Livingston and his son Marquis.


Oh mercy, another Percy!

For the third consecutive year, Matheny will be receiving a Percy Award from the Healthcare Planning and Marketing Society of New Jersey for Best Small Hospital Public Relations/Media Placement. This year’s awards will be presented at HPMSNJ’s annual meeting on December 9 at the National Conference Center of East Windsor in East Windsor, N.J.

Matheny’s award is for its partnership with CBS New York television and radio stations to promote Miles for Matheny, an annual fundraiser and community event, held April 17. WCBS-TV Channel 2 provided on-air news coverage, aired a public service announcement featuring news anchor Don Dahler, placed it on the CBS New York website and promoted it among its employees.

In addition, WCBS Newsradio 880 produced a video of Matheny’s visit to the Clinton, N.J., Public School to demonstrate the use of adapted physical education equipment. The video, featuring news anchor Wayne Cabot, appeared on the station’s website. The audio was played on-air, followed by live promos for Miles for Matheny.

HPMSNJ is the local chapter of the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development (SHSMD). Started in 1979, HPMSNJ serves healthcare planning, marketing and public relations professionals in New Jersey and surrounding states.

Above: Matheny presents “Certificates of Appreciation” to WCBS-TV.  From left, Steve Proctor, Matheny president; Kevin Ralph, Matheny chief development officer; Peter Dunn, president, CBS Television Stations; Don Dahler, WCBS-TV news anchor; and Eric Berlin, WCBS-TV weekend producer.

Below:  WCBS Newsradio 880 presentation, from left: Kevin Ralph; WCBS Newsradio anchor Wayne Cabot; WCBS Newsradio news director Tim Scheld; and Steve Proctor.