Families Catch Fish and Fun in Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey’s Online Fishing Tournament



Contacts: Matt Birchenough, 201-916-1032, media@drugfreenj.org


MILLBURN — The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey announced six winners today for its fourth annual Don’t Get Hooked on Drugs Online NJ Family Fishing Tournament.

Aubrey Hiers of Linwood, Jenn Criscuolo of Manahawkin, Jim Kochman of Eatontown, Tom Moran of Brooklawn, Frank Ruczynski of Monroeville and Amanda Trott of Gloucester City were randomly selected as the winners of the competition. Each winner will receive a $100 gift card.

The fishing tournament, which ran from July 27 to Aug. 5, encouraged families to spend quality time together and enjoy a day out at the lake, river or ocean. This year, participants submitted 45 photos of themselves and their children fishing together.

Spending time with and talking with your children them can be an important factor in substance use prevention. Children who communicate regularly with their parents about their daily activities are 67 percent less likely to be involved in substance abuse than children who have little or no communication, according to research conducted by the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey.

“Between new technology and people’s busy schedules, it’s often difficult to get out and enjoy a relaxing and fun day of fishing and conversation,” PDFNJ Executive Director Angelo Valente said. “The Don't Get Hooked on Drugs Online NJ Family Fishing Tournament gave families another great reason to go outside and enjoy a memorable day.”

Photos of all participants can be viewed on the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey’s Facebook (@PartnershipForADrugFreeNewJersey), Twitter (@DrugFreeNJ) and Instagram (@DrugFreeNJ) platforms.


Best known for its statewide anti-drug advertising campaign, the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey is a private not-for-profit coalition of professionals from the communications, corporate and government communities whose collective mission is to reduce demand for illicit drugs in New Jersey through media communication.  To date, more than $100 million in broadcast time and print space has been donated to the Partnership’s New Jersey campaign, making it the largest public service advertising campaign in New Jersey’s history. Since its inception, the Partnership has garnered 173 advertising and public relations awards from national, regional and statewide media organizations.