The Lakewood BlueClaws scored big this season for our Home Runs for Heroes partners and as a result, ten local charities that serve veterans and members of the military received $34,000 in grants from the Foundation.
The program, now in its sixth year, is a partnership between OceanFirst Foundation, Townsquare Media and the Lakewood BlueClaws, a minor league team of the Philadelphia Phillies organization. Home Runs for Heroes Grants provide financial support to charities that meet the emergency basic needs of veterans and local service men and women active and retired - and their families during difficult times. The program ties each charity partner to an inning and every home run hit by the BlueClaws at First Energy Park during the charitys designated inning earned them a $1,000 donation. The six-year total awarded through Home Runs for Heroes is $164,000.
Here's are recap of 2014 grants awarded:
American Recreational Military Services (A.R.M.S.) - $1,000
American Red Cross, Jersey Coast Chapter - $1,000
Army Emergency Relief - $4,000
Blue Star Mothers - $6,000
Catholic Charities, Emergency Services) - $2,000
Chariot Riders (Horses for Heroes) - $6,000
Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski, II Memorial Fund - $2,000
Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society/Lakehurst - $5,000
National Guard State Family Readiness Council - $6,000
VetGroup - $1,000
Congratulations to Kimberley Gokberk of Neptune City, NJIT sophomore and 2014 recipient of the Carl Feltz, Jr. Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship, established by the Foundation in 2011, honors the contributions of long-time Board member, Carl Feltz, Jr. and helps a local student pursue a degree in Architecture.
In her freshman and upcoming sophomore years at NJIT, Kimberley was/is the recipient of both the Honor's Scholarship and the Dean's Scholarship. Kim's long term goal is to work in a global firm designing in urban areas to develop large scale buildings.
Keep up the great work Kimberley!
We want to thank New Jersey Monthly Magazine for selecting OceanFirst Foundation and OceanFirst Bank as a recipient of their Great Oak Awards which honor the state's most philanthropic companies. We're showcased with the other awardees in the December 2014 issue. Pick up and issue and check it out.
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!
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