Axing cancer

The Bridgeton Fire Department recently donated $3,268 to South Jersey Healthcare's Breast Cancer Bridge Program. It raised the money in October, through sale of pink T-shirts with the slogan, "Help us axe cancer," on the back.

EMT Tiffany Durham started the fundraiser in 2009 after Marilyn April, another EMT and breast cancer survivor, battled the disease in 2008.

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Music and wine

Passion Vines, of Somers Point and Egg Harbor Township, raised $37,000 in October with The Right Notes, a fundraising event benefitting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Somers Point Jazz Society.

About 230 people came out for a performance by tenor saxophone master Michael Pedicin, followed by a wine tasting of more than 50 top-scoring wines from around the globe.

'Success By 6'

The United Way Women's Leadership Initiative hosted the seventh annual fall fundraiser Sweet Laughs in November, raising $16,000 for the Success By 6 initiative in Atlantic County. A children's book drive during the event collected more than 100 new and gently used books.

Author, professor and humorist Gina Barreca entertained a crowd of more than 230 in Stockton Seaview's Bayview Ballroom in Galloway Township.

New thift store

Volunteers in Medicine of Cape May County recently opened a thrift store called "VIMspirations" at 600 Park Boulevard, Suite 2 in West Cape May, to raise money to run the free clinic on Route 9 in Cape May Court House.

VIMspirations is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays. Volunteers are needed and donations are accepted daily. Contact Jacqueline Meiluta at 609-463-2846 or visit

Holiday food drive

Southern Regional High School students and staff collected 24,264 food items for the Atlantic City Rescue Mission, and presented them to mission staff at an assembly.

It was Southern's 12th annual holiday food drive.

Donor wall

The Cape Regional Medical Center Foundation dedicated the "Exceptional Care, Exceptional People" Employee Donor Wall on Dec. 7, honoring each employee who donated more than $55,000 to the Brodesser Cancer Center Captial Campaign in 2012. Employee donor names will be added annually.

The Cape Regional Medical Center Auxiliary has announced a $1 million pledge to the campaign, which must raise $5 million to pay for the Varian TrueBeam Radiation Therapy System which was installed in April.

Helping soldiers

Five members of the Jewish War Veterans Post 39, of Margate, traveled to Fort Belvoir, Va., in late October to distribute 50 portable DVD players to recuperating soldiers stationed there.

They also gave the soldiers more than 500 DVD movies.

Scholarship fund

The A&R Mack Charitable Foundation donated $25,000 Dec. 20 to the Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation, on behalf of Anthony and Rita Mack, of Galloway Township, who own two McDonald's Family Restaurants in Atlantic City. The funds will establish an endowed scholarship fund for Atlantic County students.

The Foundation also received a $15,000 gift from the Mustard Seed of Cape May County on Dec. 20, to establish the Collegiate Computers Program at Atlantic Cape's Cape May County Campus. The Mustard Seed is a not-for-profit outreach program of St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Stone Harbor.

Scholarships awarded

The Atlantic City Fire Department Sand Pipers Pipe Band awarded 12, $1,000.00 scholarships to children of local public safety professionals this month.

Retired Atlantic City firefighter Norm Wilson leads the bagpipe band, which has about 30 members from a variety of professions.

Teens and seniors

The Southern Regional High School Intergenerational Council celebrated the holidays by making a dinner for senior citizen participants.

The Intergenerational Council arranges social interaction between teens and seniors.

Sea Isle elves

Members of the Sea Isle Ambulance Corps delivered gifts to patients at Cape Regional Medical Center Dec. 22, dressed in holiday attire and pushing a gurney carrying a sleigh filled with gifts.

Sea Isle Mayor Leonard Desiderio and his helpers at City Hall delivered toys and food items collected in the annual Toy and Food Drive to local families in need on Dec. 21; and Sea Isle firemen held their annual Christmas party Dec. 19 for youngsters at the JFK Boulevard Fire House, in spite of dealing with serious storm damage at their headquarters.

Gifts for veterans

Every resident at the Veterans Memorial Home in Vineland got a small wish granted for a holiday gift of their choosing from the Vineland community and Boscov's department store on Dec. 19.

The project was made possible by a grant from the Second Wind Dreams organization, which granted the 300-bed Vineland home a lifetime scholarship, through the generosity of the Harrah's Foundation.

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