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Kinnelon Tae Kwon Do School Raises $1,500 in ‘Breakathon’ for Pediatric Care at Chilton Hospital
12/18/2013
Sean Bolan, 7, of Lincoln Park, performing an “axe kick break” with Master Yeong Jae Kim holding wood.

Sean Bolan, 7, of Lincoln Park, performing an “axe kick break” with Master Yeong Jae Kim holding wood. Sean was one of 36 students, ages 5 through 57, who participated in the Breakathon on November 23.

Master Kim’s Tiger Tae Kwon Do, Kinnelon, held its annual “Charity Breakathon” on Saturday, November 23. The event raised $1,500 for the Pediatric Clinic at Chilton Hospital.

The 2013 event marks the third time that Master Yeong Jae Kim’s studio donated money raised to Chilton’s Pediatric Clinic. The martial arts program, located in the Kinnelon Mall next to Pathmark, has now raised and donated a total of $6,500 for the Pediatric Clinic from the 2009, 2010 and 2013 events. The 2012 Breakathon was postponed due to Hurricane Sandy and the 2011 Breakathon benefitted the Kinnelon Volunteer Fire Department.

Master Kim’s students raise the money each year by being sponsored for breaking blocks of wood. It was a community-wide effort as the students asked neighbors, family members and their parents’ co-workers and friends to help out by donating a minimum of $2 per block broken.

According to Master Kim, about 90 percent of his students are kids. “Our school follows the philosophy of Taekwondo, which is cultivating healthy values and a healthy mental and physical discipline,” he said. “It is a privilege to provide any guidance toward building a bright future for the community and especially for the children. Our students are very fortunate to have the opportunity to practice Taekwondo and are happy to support children who are not as fortunate as they are. That is why we feel that it’s important for a healthy community to donate to the Pediatric Clinic at Chilton.”

A total of 36 students from the following categories participated:

  • 10 “PeeWees” (ages 4 to 6)
  • 19 “Children” (ages 7 to 12)
  • Seven ‘Teens/Adults” (ages 13 to 57)
Master Yeong Jae Kim stops by Chilton Hospital’s Pediatric Clinic to deliver $1,500 in checks raised from the 2013 Breakathon event.

Master Yeong Jae Kim stops by Chilton Hospital’s Pediatric Clinic to deliver $1,500 in checks raised from the 2013 Breakathon event. He is pictured with Javier Lugo, M.D., director of Chilton’s Pediatric Department, and Nancy Porter, Manager of Special Events and Stewardship for the Chilton Hospital Foundation.

“We are very grateful that Master Kim’s Tiger Tae Kwon Do chose Chilton Hospital as the recipient of this fundraising event for three years,” said Chilton Hospital Foundation Director Joan Beloff. “The compassion and generosity from Master Kim, his staff and students will once again provide much needed items for Chilton’s Pediatric Clinic, which provides comprehensive primary care services to children from birth to age 19.”

Master Kim is a seventh degree black belt and has more than 30 years of taekwondo experience. For more information about Master Kim’s Tiger Tae Kwon Do school, visit www.mktigertkd.com or call (973) 838-1000.

The Chilton Hospital Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees. All gifts to the Foundation are tax deductible to the fullest extent currently allowed by law. Those who would like to donate to the Chilton Hospital Foundation can call (973) 831-5165 or visit the web page.


Chilton Hospital is a fully accredited, 260-bed, acute-care, community hospital. It is Five-Star Rated, the highest possible by Heathgrades, for Total Knee Replacement and Heart Failure, for three years in a row and two years in a row, respectively. Chilton is also named a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission for Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Pneumonia and Surgical Care. Chilton’s reputation in the community has been built on personalized care and many close-to-home services including an Emergency Department, MotherBaby Center, Comprehensive Wound Healing/Hyperbaric Center and Sleep Health Institute. The hospital has nearly completed its $24 million modernization project, which includes the Cardiovascular Interventional Lab, The Breast Center, Total Joint Center, Cancer Center and Surgical Services. The Chilton Health Network is continuously growing with satellite offices currently in Butler, Haskell, Hewitt, Pompton Plains and Wayne, NJ. Chilton Hospital is located at 97 West Parkway in Pompton Plains, NJ  07444. For more information about its facilities and services, or to find a doctor by name, specialty, or location, please visit www.chiltonhealth.org or call 1-888-CHILTON.

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