By Chris Concannon
Gloucester City News
As with many towns across the country celebrating National Night Out in early August, Bellmawr was no different in its displays of fire, police and EMS equipment and personnel.
It also featured a performance by the Mainstage Centre for the Performing Arts, complimentary Mister Softee ice cream (compliments of the Bellmawr Democrat Club), and face painting done by Bellmawr Schools staff.
But, one of the most touching booths was a lemonade stand operating in memory of the late Bradley Calhoun.
The very active 5-year-old lost his young life as the result of a drowning incident in early July, and the outpouring of love and support for his family has been overwhelming.
A dine-out was conducted shortly after the accident at the Club Diner in Bellmawr, where donors came in droves to eat and support the Calhoun family.
There was also a street hockey tournament held in his honor on July 24.
Proceeds from all of these events, along with open donations in Bradley’s memory, have been and can be made through a special account at TD Bank.
Those wishing to donate can mention Bradley’s name, and donate to Account #4259056674, and any support is greatly appreciated by the Calhoun family.
In his brief comments, his father Tom Calhoun, a retired Chief from Bellmawr Park Volunteer Fire Co. (Station 33), stated that the family has been committed to water safety awareness and drowning prevention since their children were very young, enrolling them in swimming lessons each at the age of two.