Cape Cares helps animals

Cape Bank's Cape Cares members, including Caroline Jacobs, of Somers Point, Dawn Oliver, of Mays Landing, and Domenic Macrina, of Egg Harbor City, were at Stone Harbor Ace Hardware in April to raise awareness for Animal Outreach of Cape May County.

Animal Outreach is a nonprofit organization that works to help animals in South Jersey. The group assists owners in need, sponsors strays, fosters cats, kittens, dogs and puppies awaiting adoption and provides education to the public. Animal Outreach works with local shelters to coordinate efforts to get the animals adopted. For information about Animal Outreach, visit aocmc.org/aboutus.html

Gymnastic group donation

Star Bound Gymnastics in Bridgeton hosted a competition in Atlantic City in January during which they donated $10,000 to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., and 215 pounds of food to the Hurricane Sandy relief. Team members also won several medals and awards at the competition, co-owner Amy Middlekauff said.

Shore Auxiliary donation

The Shore Medical Center Auxiliary donated $475,000 to Shore Medical Center at an April 18 event at the Crab Trap in Somers Point. The donation is part of the Auxiliary's $2.5 million pledge to the Shore Tomorrow campaign, which helped fund the construction of Shore's Surgical Pavilion and Campus Expansion. Over the last 40 years, the Auxiliary has contributed more than $11 million in support of Shore.

Pat Crowley, of Ocean City, was presented with the New Jersey Hospital Association Catalyst of the Year Award. Crowley, who has served as the Gift Shop treasurer for 16 years, was honored for her longtime passionate service to the Auxiliary.

Also recognized were the members of the Women's Golf Tournament Organizing Committee, which has staged the event for 20 years. Committee members include Juanita Harmon of Pleasantville, June Heun, of Linwood, Carol McDowell, of Somers Point, and Gerrie McNelis, Judi O'Donnell, Carol Platt, Joanne Sankey and Millie Traa, all of Egg Harbor Township.

The event also included the Installation of the 2013 Auxiliary executive board officers, including Chairman Susan Biscieglia, Past Chairman Barbara Harper, Vice Chairman Heidi Angelestro, Recording Secretary Brenda Martello, Corresponding Secretary Judi Rubino, Treasurer Lynn Brock and Membership Chairman Dolores Dengler Vitas.

For information, or to join the Shore Medical Center Auxiliary, call 609-653-4646 or visit GiveToShore.org

Volunteers honored

United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey in Atlantic County hosted a Campaign Awards Celebration April 30 at Bally's Atlantic City to honor local companies and volunteers who helped the 2012 annual fundraising campaign.

Maria Mento, executive vice president and CFO at Atlantic County Utilities Authority, was recognized as the 2012 George F. Lynn United Way Volunteer of the Year. The Campaign Innovation Award was presented to Cooper Levenson Attorneys At Law for their "exceptional support of Atlantic County's residents following Hurricane Sandy." The Community Champions Cup, which recognizes "an organization that has displayed an outstanding commitment to Atlantic County through United Way" was presented to Atlantic County Utilities Authority. The Henry J. Remeis Agency Executive Director Award was presented to Kevin Hickey, Executive Director of Catholic Charities.

Technology award

George LoBiondo, of Vineland, an employee of the Cumberland County Guidance Center in Millville, recently received the Excellence in Technology Award from the New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies, Inc. LoBiondo successfully implemented the Guidance Center's new electronic health records project and obtained funding to pay for the work.

LoBiondo, the information systems director, has been on staff at the Guidance Center for two years. He served eight years on the agency's board of directors.

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