Honoring the Legacy of Jack Gardner

Jack Gardner, a cherished figure in Somerset County, left an indelible mark on our community before his passing in November 1992. Originating from North Plainfield, Jack’s legacy is one of extraordinary athleticism and unwavering dedication to service.

From his formative years, Jack excelled as a standout athlete in football, basketball, and baseball, earning admiration and respect from peers and rivals alike. Yet, his athletic prowess was merely the beginning of a multifaceted life dedicated to service and support for others.

Transitioning from athletics, Jack embarked on a career in law enforcement, serving as a Detective in the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office for numerous years. His unwavering commitment to upholding justice and safeguarding the community permeated every aspect of his work. Later, he assumed the role of Warden at the Somerset County Jail, where he continued to serve with integrity and dedication.

As a proud member of the Somerville Elks Lodge #1068, Jack embodied the ethos of community service, always ready to extend a helping hand to those in need. His influence transcended professional boundaries, as he devoted twelve years of his life as an assistant football coach at Immaculata High School, positively shaping the lives of young athletes both on and off the field.

Jack’s boundless generosity and willingness to assist others, particularly the younger generation, garnered widespread admiration and gratitude throughout Somerset County. His kindness, thoughtfulness, and selflessness endeared him to all who had the privilege of knowing him. Whether offering guidance, support, or simply a listening ear, Jack was a constant source of comfort for those in need.

In tribute to Jack’s spirit of generosity and compassion, the Jack Gardner Memorial Softball Tournament was established. This annual event serves as a testament to Jack’s memory and his unwavering dedication to helping others. All proceeds from the tournament and other fundraising endeavors go towards supporting “Jack’s Kids” – families dealing with serious childhood illnesses and disabilities. Our mission is to alleviate the financial burden on these families, allowing them to focus on providing love and attention to their children during challenging times.

Inspired by Jack Gardner’s legacy of compassion and service, the Jack’s Kids Committee remains steadfast in its commitment to honoring his values. Through unwavering dedication and the generous contributions of supporters, Jack’s Kids has evolved into a beacon of hope for families grappling with serious childhood illnesses and disabilities.

As we reflect on the journey that began over three decades ago, we are reminded of the enduring power of community and the profound impact of selfless acts of kindness. Jack’s Kids stands as a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the boundless capacity for compassion. Together, we continue to honor Jack Gardner’s legacy by extending a helping hand to those in need, ensuring that no family faces their struggles alone.

Jack Gardner, a beloved figure in Somerset County, passed away in November 1992.

Though Jack Gardner may no longer be with us in person, his legacy continues to inspire those who knew him and those who benefit from the charitable efforts established in his memory, such as the Jack Gardner Memorial Softball Tournament and the Jack’s Kids committee.

The Somerville Elks Lodge B.P.O.E #1068 is a private club that warmly welcomes both men and women as members. As part of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (B.P.O.E), Lodge #1068 is dedicated to fostering a sense of community, promoting charity, and providing a supportive environment for its members.

It's All About The Kids

We are a dedicated committee operating under the umbrella of the 501(c)(3) charitable trust at the esteemed Somerville Elks Lodge #1068. Our mission is simple yet profound: “IT’S ALL ABOUT THE KIDS!”

At Jacks Kids, we are driven by the belief that every child deserves love, care, and support to thrive. As a committee comprised entirely of volunteers, our passion for making a difference in the lives of children shines through everything we do.

As part of the Somerville Elks Charitable Trust, we uphold the values of compassion, generosity, and community service. Through our collective efforts, we aim to provide assistance and opportunities to children facing various challenges, ensuring they have the resources they need to succeed and lead fulfilling lives.

From organizing fundraisers to supporting local initiatives, our volunteers work tirelessly to advocate for the well-being of children in our community. Whether it’s offering financial assistance for medical expenses or simply spreading joy through uplifting activities, Jacks Kids is committed to making a positive impact.

We invite you to join us in our mission to make a difference in the lives of children. Together, we can create a brighter future for the next generation. Thank you for visiting our website, and we look forward to partnering with you to support the children who need it most.