April 7th essential2®life 5K to Benefit American Red Cross

5k Run, 3K Walk and Kids Sprints at Liberty State Park in Jersey City

PRINCETON, NJ, March 27, 2012 – The sixth annual essential2®life 5K, presented by the member companies of the American Chemistry Council and Chemistry Council of New Jersey, will be held Saturday, April 7, 2012, at Liberty State Park in Jersey City. The race will include a 5K Run, a 3K Walk and e2 Kids Sprints for children ages two through eleven.

The essential2®life 5K aims to highlight the importance of chemistry in everyday life, as well as its contribution to the overall health of the economy. Since its inception in 2007, the essential2®life 5K has raised more than $125,000 to benefit the American Red Cross.

“We appreciate the incredible job the member companies of the American Chemistry Council and Chemistry Council of New Jersey do each year to present this popular family event and we applaud their continued effort to give back to the community by having the essential2®life 5K benefit Red Cross programs and services in the tri-state area,” said Barbara Latady, chief development officer, American Red Cross North Jersey Region.

  • essential2®life 5K – Rain or Shine - Open to All
  • Date: April 7, 2012
  • Place: CRRNJ Terminal – Liberty State Park, Jersey City, NJ
  • Registration: Begins at 7:45 – Race begins at 9:30 AM
  • Price: Adults (12 and older) - $25 Children (11 and under) - $5
  • The event will also include live music, exhibits, DJ, prizes and more.

To pre-register for the event visit: On-site registration will also be available. For additional information about the event visit:

“Chemistry has been essential in mankind’s rise from the caves to civilization. Its benefits are essential to modern health, well-being and productivity,” said Kevin Gallagher, president, Croda Inc and chair of 2012 Essential2Life 5K Race. “Chemistry is also the science essential to new job creation. Whether offering benefits in safety, health or alternative fuel sources, chemistry is truly essential to life, and we are proud to support the American Red Cross and our local communities through the sponsorship of this race and to share the value chemistry brings to all of our lives.”

Major sponsor companies, in addition to Croda the chair of the 2012 event, are: Brenntag North America, Chemtura, Church & Dwight, Hoffman La Roche, Honeywell, Johnson Matthey, O’Brien & Gere, Wacker, Sika and Rhodia, a member of Solvay group.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at

About the Chemistry Council of New Jersey (CCNJ):
CCNJ, founded in 1955, is the premier trade and advocacy organization representing the interests of the $29 billion chemistry industry and about 85 New Jersey manufacturers. Our membership consists of large and small companies that are part of New Jersey’s chemical, pharmaceutical, consumer packages goods, petroleum, flavor & fragrances and precious metals industries. The CCNJ is committed to a better quality of life through science.

About the American Chemistry Council (ACC):
ACC represents the leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products and services that make people's lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health and safety performance through Responsible Care®, common sense advocacy designed to address major public policy issues, and health and environmental research and product testing. The business of chemistry is a $674 billion enterprise and a key element of the nation's economy. It is one of the nation’s largest exporters, accounting for ten cents out of every dollar in U.S. exports. Chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development. Safety and security have always been primary concerns of ACC members, and they have intensified their efforts, working closely with government agencies to improve security and to defend against any threat to the nation’s critical infrastructure.

Diane Concannon, American Red Cross - North Jersey Region


Elvin Montero, Chemistry Council of New Jersey


	Hubertus Spethmann

Hubertus Spethmann Brenntag AG Vice President Corporate Communications +49 201 6496 0