We're excited to announce that our CrowdRise Challenge for Jersey Shore nonprofits raised a whopping $286,747! With $15,000 in grants and lots of extra prizes up for grabs, 70 charities battled it out right up until the final minute.
Our top three finishers, in order, were Seers Farms, Count Basie Theatre, and Brick Children's Community Theatre. Our first place finisher Seer Farms will receive a $10,000 grant to support their work. The Count Basie Theatre will receive an additional $3,000 grant and BCCT will receive $2,000.
More than 2,000 donations were made during the course of the four-week Challenge from more than 1,700 donors from 34 U.S. States. Many of the participating charities continue to raise funds on their Crowdrise pages and we hope you'll keep on supporting them.
Congratulations to all of our participants that tried something new, raised some much needed cash and had fun doing it!
Ten amazing charities will be rooting on the Lakewood BlueClaws this year hoping they score lots of home runs at First Energy Park. Home Runs for Heroes, now in its sixth year, is our partnership with the Lakewood BlueClaws and 92.7 WOBM, that provides support to our local military heroes and veterans. In the past five seasons, a total of $130,000 has been contributed by OceanFirst Foundation to charities helping military families and veterans going through tough times.
Hoping to see the Claws score lots of home runs this year are: Army Emergency Relief, American Recreational Military Services, American Red Cross, Blue Star Mothers, Catholic Charities, Chariot Riders (Horse for Heroes), Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski II Memorial Fund, National Guard State Family Readiness Council, Navy Marine Corp Relief Society and Vetgroup. Each time a BlueClaws player hits a HR at First Energy Park, we'll contribute $1,000 to one of these worthy charities.
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