It’s probably one of the most ambitious events staged by a non-profit organization with a staff of less than five. Lake Hopatcong Foundation’s annual Lake Loop features three cycling routes around the lake, more than a mile of paddling on the lake, a 5k run, a dog walk, live music, food, multiple vendors and a beer tent. And that’s just what you see on the day of the event.
So, how does the LHF pull it off?
Well, Becky Rubenstein and a small army of other volunteers who line up to help her in a display of dedication that borders on heroic.
“I really enjoy coordinating the Lake Loop and the volunteers are a great group of people that shares a love of Lake Hopatcong,” said Becky, who has also volunteered for the LHF as a board member and in support of several other activities since the its inception. “Lake Loop gives people a chance to enjoy the lake and help support it at the same time.”
The 41-year-old Morristown native has lived on Bertrand’s Island for the past nine years. She shares a home with husband Dave, with whom she’ll soon celebrate 20 years of marriage. Remarkably, the two became engaged in northern Scotland and were married on a Lake Hopatcong rooftop, all within two weeks.
The couple’s family is rounded out with a 14-year-old daughter Grace, 12-year-old son David, and a dachshund-Chihuahua by the name of Brownie.
Becky graduated Roxbury High School, majored in Clothing and Textiles at Virginia Tech, and landed her first job with Liz Claiborne, Inc., in New York City. Coincidentally, Ms. Claiborne, herself, was deeply dedicated to the environment. She and her husband started a foundation in 1987 that supports community-based conservation efforts throughout the world and funds the television series “Nature” on PBS.
These days, the bulk of Becky’s time is spent on family matters. She’s a part-timer on the kitchen staff at Unity Charter School in Morristown, which Grace attended and where David currently goes. She also joins them in boating on the lake and in downhill skiing.
“I love the outdoors and spending time with my kids,” said Becky, who lists her family, her faith and music as her passions. She’s a fan of the Avett Brothers and recently read “Shaken: Discovering Your True Identity in the Midst of Life’s Storms,” by Tim Tebow, with her son. “They grow up so fast, so I’m trying to make sure to appreciate each phase of their lives.”
You might also run into Becky at a movie theater (she gives “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” two thumbs way up), on a tennis court (“I wish I could play more often”), listening to Avett Brothers music, or musing about plans to, one day, join the Peace Corps.
It’s far more likely, however, you’ll spot her volunteering for the LHF, probably at the 2018 Lake Loop, which she has already started planning.
“I really try to spend a lot of time giving back to my community,” said Becky. “I believe in giving back to my community. I love the lake and want to do whatever I can to help preserve it.”