Saturday, June 19, 2010

Diana Rochford 5K Walk and Run

On May 22, 2010, Ambient DJ Service provided music for the Diana 5K Walk and Run held at the Community Middle School in Plainsboro, NJ. The event is in memory of Diana Rochford, whose life was tragically cut short in a traffic accident on August 25, 2002. Diana was a star athlete and prominent figure in her West Windsor school. She returned from a life-changing missions trip to Mexico where she helped build houses for the less privileged. This race, in memory of Diana, provides financial support for local teens to travel to other cultures and communities to help those in need.

Having traveled extensively in Southeast Asia and the Third World, I realize, like Diana did, that as Americans we are very fortunate. It is a gift to be able to give back some of our good fortune, not only through financial contributions, but through our time.

The weather was sunny and pleasant. There were several hundred participants, ranging in age from kids to adults in their 60s. The night prior, I had worked a wedding in Bergen County and not returned home until 2 AM. I arrived at the school at 7 AM for setup, armed with a large cup of coffee. The organizers were excited, and we were dancing to Lady Gaga at 7:30 AM, a new experience. The upbeat, party music kept the crowd pumped up.

The event was a success, with some 200 registered participants raising proceeds of over $4,000. That will definitely help to keep Diana's mission alive. For more information about the event, including race statistics, visit

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