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2021 Fall Ergathon - Thanks & Giving

Row New Jersey is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation devoted to developing the strength, character and confidence of middle school and high school students as well as masters rowers, through the discipline and teamwork of rowing.  

Our team’s continued success is built not only by the commitment of our athletes and coaching staff but by the support of our families and individuals like you that have so generously gifted to Row New Jersey year after year.

Every member benefits from the opportunity to row in shells, to be coached by a staff equipped with launches, to leverage the use of oars and erg machines and compete through the delivery of shells on trailers that have been acquired through the sustained fundraising and the generosity of our team members, families, individuals, members of our Lake Hopatcong community and board members. 

Our 2021 fall fundraising goal is $25,000. This will enable the team to invest in rowing equipment and continue to maintain our fleet & facilities. 




Ergathon Details


  • ·        An End of Season Celebration & Fundraiser where rowers seek donors to support the team
  • ·        Team goal is to raise a minimum of $25,000 to support Row New Jersey and purchase much needed rowing equipment
  • ·        Row New Jersey rowers and coxswains from the juniors, middle school and masters programs will participate in dynamic teams  (which are evenly matched by our coaches)
  • ·        Each team must complete a 25,000 meters relay on the ergometer
  • ·        Prizes given based on speed, spirit, and funds raised
  • ·        Parents, Siblings, Alumni encouraged to participate 
  • ·        Canned goods will be collected for the local food pantry
  • ·        Spectators – Come decked out in RNJ gear, and bring your own lawn chairs


Every Row New Jersey athlete aims for a minimum $250 in pledges, and as a team we are aiming  to raise a minimum of $25,000.  Parents, friends, & alumni may also fundraise or sign up with a $50 entry fee. If participants cannot attend, they can participate virtually on an erg or equivalent exercise.  Aiming for 100% participation!


Athletes to start collecting pledges on their individual pages/ 99Pledges platform beginning on 11/6/21 through 11/20/21. Ergathon takes place on Saturday, November 20th with a start time of 10:00 am, celebration ending by 1:00 pm. 


Prizes for all! Participants that raise $250 get the coveted Thanks & Giving Ergathon t-shirt! Awards for Top Fundraisers, Fastest Team, Best Team Spirit, Raffle gear to participants. 


25,000 meter relay @ 2:30 pace = 125 minutes - teams will be at least 5 rowers
25,000 meters –  10 x 2500 meters or ~12.5 minutes segment – each rower gets 5000 meters, or ~25 minutes of erging.


Families will volunteer to bring a pot-luck Thanksgiving-themed brunch item to share facilitated by Signup Genius.  While rowers are erging, participants and spectators are encouraged to socialize, play yard games, and get more familiar with RNJ. We will also be hosting a holiday team merchandise Pop-Up Shop  so you can get some shopping done at the same time. 


HOW TO VOLUNTEER to help at the Ergathon:

Volunteering is a critical part of our team’s success. If you would like to help the Ergathon committee, kindly send an email to the Ergathon Chair, Leigh Hermey at We will also be seeking day-of  parent support through a volunteer Sign-Up to be emailed to the team soon.

HOW TO Partcipate in the ergathon if you are alumni or parent/team friend:

We encourage alumni  their families and our many team friends to join in the fun. We would love to see you at the Ergathon!  To participate in the ergathon onsite or virtually send an email to  Jennifer Kilroy so you can be set up with a pledge page! 

Fundraising FAQ - Ergathon 2021

Fundraising FAQs

Is Row New Jersey a non-profit?  Yes.  Row New Jersey is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation devoted to developing the strength, character and confidence of middle school and high school students as well as masters rowers, through the discipline and teamwork of rowing.  

I paid tuition, doesn’t that cover the cost of equipment? No. Tuition funds the  day-to-day operating needs including investments in coaches (all of whom are paid professionals - two are full time), boathouse and vehicle leases, equipment maintenance (truck, trailer and launch registration as well as launch, shell and oar repairs), gasoline for launches, cleaning supplies, insurances, safety equipment, regatta and racing fees. 

Is my donation tax deductible? Yes.  Row New Jersey is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization as recognized by the IRS.  No goods or services, in whole or in part, are received in exchange for your contribution; therefore, the full value of your contribution is deductible for income tax purposes.  Please retain a copy of your email receipt for your tax records. 

What will my donation be used for? Rowing Equipment.  Our 2021 Ergathon fundraising goal is $25,000. The team will invest the fundraising dollars into our fleet including an immediate need for new oars and oar maintenance.

How much does Rowing Equipment actually cost?  Great question!  Rowing equipment varies in price depending upon manufacturer, materials used and quantities purchased.  For example – the shells that we currently use 8+ 4+ 2x 1 x range in price from over $42K to $10K.  The oars range between $750 and $500 each while new coxswain boxes run approx $1,200K.  Riggers, seats, shoes and all of the other working parts in a boat vary from $50 to $500 to buy, maintain or replace. 

Does Row New Jersey receive 100% of my donation? If you make your contribution online/electronically there is a small fee for the use of the bank and software platform.  Online processing fees of (2.9% + $.30) per transaction will not  affect the total of your contribution. Row New Jersey will collect the contribution total minus fees. For example, if the donation is $100.00 Row New Jersey  will collect $96.80.

Can I give Row New Jersey a check for my donation instead of using the online platform?  Yes, you can donate with a check made payable to ROW NEW JERSEY.  To have an  athlete receive credit for a cash or check pledge on their profile page kindly send an email to  and include the following in the email: the athletes name, donation amount, pledge message for public donation or a notation if the donation should remain anonymous and let us know your  intended delivery method  (in person at the ergathon or via postal mail).  The pledge platform will be updated to reflect the cash or check donation amount and the athlete will receive credit on their page.

Please do not send a check in to practice with your athlete. You may present your check at the Ergathon on 11/20/21 to our team treasurer,Jennifer Kilroy or mail to:

Row New Jersey
Attention: Treasurer
PO Box 263
Mt. Arlington, NJ 07856

My employer has a donation matching program, can I donate to Row New Jersey through this program?  Yes, we can help you and your employer get set up to donate to Row New Jersey.  Contact board member Jennifer Kilroy for further information.

I am interested in having my business sponsor Row New Jersey, do you have sponsorship opportunities/benefits?  Yes, Row New Jersey is currently drafting our team sponsorship program/tiers.  If you would like to learn more about this program, please reach out to our Board President Josh McKay.