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Star Ledger Article – David Harris – Sunday, October 24, 2010

Tilton Auto Group teams up with Jets linebacker

LITTLE FALLS—David Harris, starting linebacker for the New York Jets, will help represent and support Give the Kids Hope Foundation Inc., a nonprofit organization established to help impoverished children in New Jersey. It was launched earlier this year by Stephen Tilton Jr., chief financial officer of Tilton Automotive Group, the second-largest Chevrolet dealership in New Jersey, which owns Schumacher Chevrolet in Little Falls and Gearhart Chevrolet in Denville.

On Nov. 4, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Harris will chat with fans and sign autographs at Macy’s in the Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City, N.Y. On behalf of David Harris, designer Perry Ellis has arranged to donate 10 percent of net proceeds from all sales during the event to Give The Kids Hope Foundation.

Tilton said the Foundation’s first goal is to help Passaic County’s Camp Hope, a free summer getaway for inner-city, underprivileged New Jersey children. Despite the county and camp executive’s efforts, economic realities have caused the facilities to deteriorate — a situation Tilton is determined to reverse. “We’re going to turn it into a five-star resort for these kids,” Tilton said. “We want the campers to feel inspired, to see what is possible in life.”

Give the Kids Hope already has raised funds to replace a pool heater at Camp Hope, and has generated more than $20,000 at a golf fundraiser last month at Green Brook Country Club in North Caldwell. That money will allow for 700 additional campers for the 2011 summer season, bringing the total number of children enjoying Camp Hope to 3,000.

Growing up in a blue-collar neighborhood in Michigan, Harris couldn’t afford to attend camp; now he can help other children have that opportunity.

“Camp Hope offers kids the chance to get away from the streets and just have a lot of fun,” Harris said.

For more information about Give the Kids Hope Foundation, Inc. and the upcoming Perry Ellis event at Macy’s, visit GiveTheKidsHope.org or call (973) 256-1065.

NY Jets linebacker David Harris
helps represent
Give the Kids Hope Foundation Inc.