Heather’s Week in Review – Non-Profits of the Central Jersey Shore

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Hi, everyone!  Heather here from the Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation.  Resilient, creative, encouraging, cooperative, committed, courageous, determined, grateful, imaginative, and responsive are just a few words that come to mind when I think about my journey last week.  It was an amazing week, and it was amazing because of the incredible work that our Central Jersey Shore nonprofits carry out on a daily basis.  Often times their work goes unnoticed.  But I think it’s extremely important that we take the time to recognize them, say ‘thank you,’ and get involved as a community.  Here are a few of the highlights…

New Jersey PoetryOut Loud State Finals

Twelve outstanding students took to the stage last Monday at the Grunin Center for the Arts at Ocean County College in Toms River for the Poetry Out Loud NJ State Finals.  The winner, Breana Sena, was a Region 6 Champion from Dr. Ronald E. McNair Academic High School in Jersey City.

Poetry Out Loud, a free national program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, encourages high school students across the country to learn about great works of classic and contemporary poetry through memorization and recitation. Not only do they share their interpretation and delivery of poetry; they also vie for awards and scholarships totaling $50,000 at the Championships in Washington, D.C.

To learn more, visit: http://www.jerseyarts.com/pol/

OCVTS Chef’s Night Out

Last Monday night, the RWJ Barnabas Health Arena in Toms River was transformed into a culinary playground with over 40 New Jersey restaurants, bakeries, breweries, and vineyards coming together to raise money for Ocean County Vocational Technical School Foundation.  The money raised supports scholarships for students at OCVTS, equipment for the classrooms, or other items above and beyond the regular budget.  To learn more about the OCVTS Foundation, visit:   http://www.ocvts.org/htm/foundation.html

Trenton Circus Squad

The energy under “the tent” at Roebling Wire Works in Trenton last week was absolutely amazing.

Trenton Circus Squad inspires young people to take big leaps in life. Youth from inner-city Trenton and surrounding suburbs learn how to cooperate, push themselves and serve their community – all through the astonishing practice of circus arts.  Check them out: http://www.trentoncircussquad.org

Lunch Break

The day I went for a tour of Lunch Break in Red Bank just happened to be their 35th Anniversary! Lunch Break freely provides food, clothing, life skills and fellowship to those in need in Monmouth County and beyond.  They strive to break the cycle of poverty for those they serve and guide community members in need to self-sufficiency and healthier, more productive lifestyles.

Happy 35th Anniversary Lunch Break!  To learn more, visit: http://lunchbreak.org

Monmouth Arts Education Awards

On Wednesday evening, I had the honor of presenting Andrew Wang with the 2018 Emerging Artist Scholarship at the Monmouth Arts Education Awards hosted at Brookdale Community College.  Andrew is a senior at Communications High School in Wall, NJ and his artwork is absolutely incredible!  Andrew will be continuing on at Rhode Island School of Design in the Fall.  Congratulations Andrew!

To learn more about Monmouth Arts, visit: https://www.monmoutharts.org/

Fulfill Gala

On Friday night, Ocean Place Resort in Long Branch was transformed into a Monopoly board game to raise money for Fulfill.  Fulfill, your local food bank, provides hope to over 130,000 people in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. The 2018 Humanitarian Gala is Fulfill’s largest fundraiser of the year, and honored the Storino Family (Jenkinson’s Boardwalk & Casino Pier/Breakwater Beach) and Manasquan Savings Bank.

To learn more about Fulfill, visit: http://fulfillnj.org

Red Cross Gala

The American Red Cross New Jersey Chapter hosted their annual gala on St. Patrick’s Day evening – Red Cross & Clover.  They honored the generosity of outstanding New Jersey heroes who are strengthening the foundation and supporting the growth of Red Cross services in our local communities.  The honorees were:

  • Senator Jennifer Beck, 2018 Clara Barton Community Humanitarian
  • John K. Lloyd, Co-CEO, Hackensack Meridian Health, 2018 Clara Barton Community Humanitarian
  • TD Bank, 2018 Clara Barton Corporate Humanitarian

Congratulations to this year’s honorees and the Red Cross.

For more information, visit: http://www.redcross.org/local/new-jersey

Stay tuned for more updates!

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