About 400 people came out for a spaghetti dinner that raised more than $2,000 for the Love of Linda Cancer Fund at the North Wildwood Elks Lodge Jan. 29, said fund president Amy Mahon. Volunteers who helped included members of the Elks, the Elks Lady Auxiliary, Boy Scout Troop 75, and students from various area high schools.
The Love of Linda Cancer Fund started as a way to help Wildwood teacher Linda Bickel Grassi with expenses related to treating her ovarian cancer. After her death at age 46 in 1994, Grassi's friends and family members, including daughter, Christa Nocito, continued raising money to help others with the disease. For more visit loveoflinda.org/.
Kids helping cancer patients
Atlantic City Public Schools recently raised $3,059 for the Kids for South Jersey Cancer Fund's letter-writing campaign, through a district-wide dress-down day.
It was the most money Kids for South Jersey collected from any school district, said Julie Mandes, of Brigantine, the adult facilitator for the group. Her son Joseph Mandes, a junior at Atlantic City High School, started Kids for South Jersey Cancer Fund in 2008, and twin brother Michael Mandes came up with the idea of sending letters to school districts to enlist help through dress-down days, Julie Mandes said.
In the four years of the campaign, 17 school districts have helped the group raise almost $33,000 for financial assistance to people with cancer, Julie Mandes said. The group is seeking more student volunteers. Contact the group at KSJF@aol.com or call 609-266-4119.
Teens for Jeans
Junior hospitality students at the Atlantic County Institute of Technology, in Mays Landing, worked with Mays Landing restaurants Cousin Mario's, The Inn at Sugar Hill, Poppy's Bagels and Ye Olde Mill St. Pub on a Teens For Jeans clothing drive, and collected about 220 pairs of jeans to be distributed to the homeless in Atlantic County.
Teens For Jeans is sponsored by retailer Aeropostale and the national nonprofit dosomething.org. In four years the project has provided jeans to more than 1.5 million people in need nationwide.
The Schultz- Hill Foundation in Atlantic City was recognized by AtlantiCare's City Division recently for its support of the medical center's Healing Arts Program over the past five years, a foundation spokesperson said.
The Healing arts Program encourages the role of arts and humanities in promoting health for patients, staff and caregivers. Visit schultz-hill.org/.