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‘Boardwalk on Broad Street’ to Benefit New Bethlehem Veterans Memorial Kicks Off Today

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 @ 12:07 AM

Posted by Blane Gold

emilyNEW BETHLEHEM, Pa. (EYT) – In March, exploreClarion reported on Emily Truitt’s efforts to create a veterans memorial in New Bethlehem.

Truitt, a student at Redbank Valley High School, is working to build her Victory Garden memorial in order to attain the Girl Scouts’ Silver Award while also honoring veterans, especially veterans learning to cope with PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder).

This week in a unique effort to continue to raise funds for the memorial, Truitt is bringing a bit of the beach to Broad Street.

Thanks to a very generous donation from a family friend, Truitt is now in possession of a large amount of brand new clothing donated from boardwalk shops. Everything ranging from tank tops to hoodies to flip flops to beach decor will be able to be purchased right along Broad Street all this week.

Truitt’s mom, Jessie, told exploreClarion that the donation is a very unique opportunity for her daughter’s efforts.

“Michelle Rutkowski owns boardwalk shops in Wildwood, New Jersey, and has donated all of her overstock items to Emily in honor of her grandfather, Gene Rutkowski,” explained Jessie.

“We’ve spent the last week sorting through all of the stuff, and it is everything that you would find on a boardwalk by the beach. Tank tops, shirts, shorts, hoodies, swim wear, flip flops, tiki masks and signs, beach home decor, and photo frames.”

Clothing sizes range from infant to 4X.

The “Boardwalk on Broad Street” will be located at Redbank Valley Community Center from Tuesday through Saturday of this week from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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