Auxiliary donates toys

The Cape Regional Medical Center Wildwood Auxiliary has renewed a program of supplying soft toys and books for the children that come to Volunteers in Medicine. VIM Executive Director Jackie Meiluta and Clinic Director Barbara Harvey recently greeted the auxiliary and provided a tour of the clinic. Meiluta said many children come in with their parents.

"No child wants to sit patiently in a sterile waiting room," Meiluta said. "With these beautiful items we can not only entertain the children while they are here but, hopefully, send them home with a new toy and a pleasant memory."

Volunteers in Medicine of Cape May County is in its eleventh year of "neighbors caring for neighbors." More than 4,000 patients have benefited from the physicians and staff who volunteer their time and talents to provide quality medical care to the uninsured who meet VIM's financial eligibility requirements. The staff also educates patients and encourages them to play an active role in their own health care. For more information on VIM's services, or to volunteer or donate, call 609-463-2846 or visit

Brothers honored

Joseph and Michael Mandes, 18-year-old twin brothers from Brigantine, were among six New Jersey finalists for the 2013 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. The brothers are both seniors at Atlantic City High School.

Joseph has raised nearly $44,000 to support cancer patients through an organization he founded in 2005 called "Kids for South Jersey Cancer Fund." Over the years, Joseph has recruited 200 people to join the group, secured sponsorships, created a Facebook page and a website, and managed numerous fundraisers including coin drops, bake sales and dress-down days.

Michael has raised more than $34,000 for the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation by hosting lemonade stands. Michael founded his local Elks Lodge youth group, Elks Antlers Lodge 23, through which he helps local veterans, children with special needs and others.

O.C. Foundation awards grants

The Ocean City Home Charitable Foundation has awarded $60,000 in grants to 21 area charities. The recipients are: Alcove Center for Grieving Children, ARC of Atlantic County, Atlantic City Rescue Mission, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City, Every Breath Counts, First Night Ocean City, Gilda's Club South Jersey, Greater Ocean City Theatre Company, Humane Society of Ocean City, Jewish Family Service, Marie Adelaide Center, The Masterworks Choir, Ocean City Arts Center, Ocean City Education Foundation, Ocean City Tabernacle, The Salvation Army, South Jersey Wind Ensemble, South Jersey Cancer Fund, South Jersey Field of Dreams and The Sunshine Foundation.

ShopRite helps Sandy victims

ShopRite as given $20,000 worth of gift cards to St. Francis Center of Long Beach Island, King of Kings Church in Manahawkin and OCEAN, Inc. of Toms River as part of the company's efforts to donate $1 million to Sandy relief efforts. The Perlmutter family, which owns the ShopRite of Waretown and six other ShopRites in Ocean County, has already been providing food to local relief organizations to feed first responders, rescuers and rebuilders. In December, ShopRite teamed with former New England Patriot Jarvis Green and The Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean counties to provide a warm meal and holiday cheer to Lacey Township residents who were affected by the storm.

Sandy benefit show

The Hamilton Township School District's fifth Annual Visiting Artist Concert Series at the George L. Hess School on March 7 will include a fundraiser for Hurricane Sandy Relief. There is no admission to the event, but a free-will offering will be taken to benefit groups working with Sandy relief efforts.

This year's event will feature the choirs from the Hamilton Township School District, as well as the high school choirs from Oakcrest and Cedar Creek high schools. The visiting guest performer will be Miss New Jersey 2012 Lindsey Petrosh. Starting at 5 p.m. there will be an art show and craft sale in the school lobby to celebrate Arts in the Schools month. The concert will begin at 7 p.m.

MBCA Awarding scholarships

The Metropolitan Business and Citizen's Association Scholarship Foundation is accepting applications for scholarships of up to $1,500 to students attending two or four-year colleges. Applicants must live in the greater Atlantic City region and be working toward a degree or certification. Included are the Seashore Gardens Health Scholarship for students going into the health field. Two $2,500 scholarships in memory of Soundra and Pierre Hollingsworth will also be awarded to a Atlantic City students.

The annual Epicurean Society's Shore Jersey Outstanding Educator Grant of $1,500 will be awarded to an educator for a unique program or event they are doing in their classroom. Applications and details are at mbcanj.com (click onto Scholarships) or call 609-348-1903. The deadline is April 15. For more Information call Alexander C. Marino at 347- 2165 or e-mail applications to alexmarino@comcast.net.

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