Athena’s Angels at Southern Regional High School sewed ‘comfort hearts’ to be given to emergency room patients at Southern Ocean Medical Center in Stafford Township.

Cocktails by beach

The second Annual Cocktails by the Beach event at One Atlantic in Atlantic City, raised more than $45,000 for Gilda's Club South Jersey in Linwood, a nonprofit cancer support and education center.

Co-chairs of the event were Brigid Callahan Harrison and Elizabeth Paige Younkin.

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Cystic Fibrosis fundraiser

The Great Strides 5K Walk in Ocean City has so far raised about $70,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, according to event organizers. About 450 people and 36 teams of walkers participated May 5.

The foundation hopes to raise more than $100,000 for research into the disease, and for support services. Visit

Lupus walk

The Walk for Lupus Now South Jersey 2-4K Walk on the Ocean City Boardwalk on May 20 has raised $54,000 so far for the Lupus Foundation of America, Philadelphia Tri-State Chapter, and funds are still coming in, said Executive Director Annette Myarick.

The goal is to raise $60,000. About 800 people participated as volunteers or walkers, she said.

Mainland memorial

Oceanside Wellness and Sport in Egg Harbor Township raised $12,000 during an indoor cycle event held in April. The funds will be used to start a scholarship fund in memory of the four Mainland Regional High School football players killed in a 2011 car accident.

Wish Upon a Star Foundation, based in Voorhees, Camden County, provided a 40 percent matching grant, for a total of $17,000 raised, organizers said. The scholarship will provide sport-specific athletic training at Oceanside to local youth who would otherwise be unable to afford such help.

Creating comfort hearts

A group of Southern Regional High School students who call themselves "Athena's Angels"- for the Greek goddess of wisdom, power and women - sewed "comfort hearts" that will be donated to the Southern Ocean Medical Center Emergency Room in Stafford Township. The hearts will be distributed to patients there. Teacher Leslie Gardner-Longo organized the project.

The Angels also made purple ribbons in support of the American Cancer Society Relay for Life; collected $150 to help a fellow classmate diagnosed with leukemia; and are making ribbons for Ovarian Cancer Awareness month in September and Breast Cancer Awareness in October.

Scholarship awards

The Schultz-Hill Foundation in Atlantic City awarded $10,000 to students and arts programs recently. The recipients included: Francesca Mancuso, of Brigantine, attending Richard Stockton College of New Jersey for Education; Abigail Werner, of Linwood, attending Catholic University of America for Historical Studies; Frank Weiss, of Wildwood Crest, a veteran who served in Afghanistan and is attending Stockton for visual arts and film; Anthony Ciccone, of Surf City, for a doctoral program in music at Rutgers University; Jason Ellia, art teacher at Egg Harbor Township High School for fine arts programs; Rabbi Aaron Gaber and Beth Judah in Ventnor for the "Number the Stars" Holocaust Education Series. Visit

JFS fundraiser

More than 175 people attended a 25th Anniversary party for Jewish Family Services in Margate May 31. The event raised $35,000 for the nonprofit.

The organization's 25th Annual House Tour will be held on August 6. Visitors can enjoy tours of of six to eight luxurious Absecon Island homes. Tickets for the tours are $35 per person through July 9th and $50 per person thereafter. Call 609-822-1108 or visit

Relay for Life

Members of the Pittsgrove Democrat Association members raised more than $1,700 to fight cancer when their team participated in the annual Relay For Life event held at Schalick High School.

Money raised by the event goes to support The American Cancer Society.

Diversity award

The Atlantic County Chapter of the American Conference on Diversity is seeking nominees for its annual Humanitarian Awards. Nominees can include individuals, institutions and organizations.

Nominations will be taken through Aug. 20. Nominations can be made online at For printed nomination forms, contact Melissa Sandler at or call 609-345-0636.


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