'Women of Wonder'

Cape May County's "Women of Wonder" League raised about $5,000 for Atlantic Cape Community College tuition assistance for Cape Educational COMPACT students during the second annual costume event

Oct. 24.

Guest speakers included 2012 Women of Wonder award recipient Martina Singleton; and Cape Educational COMPACT graduates Roxanne LaPlant and Jessica Waugh. For information, call 609-463-4507 or email pgentile@atlantic.edu.

Coats for Kids

Members of the Brigantine Professional Firefighters, IAFF Local 2657, donated 350 new winter coats to the Brigantine Elementary and Middle schools on Nov. 13, for children whose homes suffered damage from Hurricane Sandy.

Local 2657 President Tige Platt arranged donations through the parent union, the International Association of Fire Fighters and its "Coats for Kids" program.

Turkey drive

The Community FoodBank of New Jersey collected 341 turkeys and 1,706 pounds of other food at its Holiday Turkey and Food Drive on Nov. 10 at the Acme stores in Mays Landing and Vineland, and at ShopRite stores in Egg Harbor Township and Marmora, said Colette Kraus, food sourcing coordinator.

It also raised $566, and accepted donations at its new facility at 6735 Black Horse Pike in Egg Harbor Township. Call 609-383-8843, ext 116.

OysterFest funds

About 225 people attended Bayshore Discovery Project's OysterFest 2012, which raised at least $25,000 on Nov. 3 at the Greenview Inn at Eastlyn Golf Course in Vineland, said Laura Johnson, director of development and marketing. After the final tally, Johnson was hopeful the amount will top $30,000.

OysterFest is the largest fundraiser for the schooner A.J. Meerwald and for the nonprofit project's educational programs. The Meerwald rode out Hurricane Sandy safely in Chestertown, Md., but the organization's center at Bivalve suffered minor damage to the buildings and wharves, which dozens of volunteers are still working to fix. Call 856-785-2060.

Law firm donation

The law firm of D'Arcy Johnson Day held a Five Ton Challenge at the Community FoodBank of New Jersey southern branch in Egg Harbor Township on Nov. 10, and reached its goal of collecting five tons of donated food, of which 2.5 tons came from the firm's donation of 300 frozen turkeys.

Halloween Festival

More than 40 local businesses and 150 volunteers helped Holly Shores Camping Resort of Cape May raise more than $10,000 for Cape Regional Medical Center's Oncology Department, through its annual Halloween Festival Fundraiser, organizers said.

Holly Shores also gave local non-profit organizations a chance to win up to $1,000 by performing a haunted Halloween skit, and the Goshen Volunteer Fire Company's "Goshen Woods of Terror" won top prize. Family Promise of Cape May County's "E.T. Phone Home" won $250, as did Gilda's Teen Club of Middle Township High School, for its "Twisted Fairy Tales." Girl Scout Troop 42165 won $100 for "Little Ghosts" and Girl Scout Troop 91056 won $100 for "Ghoul Scouts." Call 609-886-1234.

Sock collection

Third grade students at the Charles L. Spragg School in Egg Harbor City collected 643 pairs of new socks for residents of the Atlantic City Rescue Mission this month, said teacher Debbie Rollins.

Socks donated for the program came from as far away as a textile mill in Alabama, Rollins said.

Beach sweep

More than 100 listeners showed up to help WAYV-FM 95.1 staff collect more than 200 bags of trash from Longport, Margate, Ventnor and Atlantic City for the station's Sandy Beach Sweep on Nov. 10. Items gathered from the beach include: tires, kitchen cabinets, bottles, cans, TV remote controls, roof tiles, and tarps. The station provided heavy duty trash bags and rubber gloves.