is one step closer to turning on the lights at its athletic fields following a recent contribution from Red Bank's restaurants.
At Wednesday's council meeting, Red Bank RiverCenter, the marketing arm of the borough's downtown businesses, presented the the RBR Athletic Foundation with a check for $16,000 to help fund the effort to light up the high school's fields.
The funds were raised at recent a Red Bank food fest, , a culinary event with food ranging from American to Thai, French to Italian and more. The event was organized by RiverCenter in conjunction with Flavour, a conglomerate of Red Bank eateries.
"The downtown businesses really value the Red Bank community and the Red Bank Regional community," RiverCenter Executive Director Nancy Adams said.
BAF needs to raise $400,000 to light up the Bucs' stadium. As of the early may the foundation had raised $30,000 towards that goal.
Approximately 120 volunteers helped staff International Flavour, many of them associated with the high school. Del Dalpra said everyone is working towards a larger goal.
"We got together to try and put lights on the field, not just to play ball, but to bring the community together," he said.