Greate Bay Country Club Chairman and CEO Mark Benevento, standing at right, donated the services of the club and golf course to benefit the National MS Society Golf Tournament. Also pictured arehis son Mark Benevento Jr., left, and daughter Victoria Benevento, as well as his father, Louis Benevento, seated left, and mother Caryle Benevento.

Golf fundraiser for MS Society

Mark Benevento, chairman and CEO of Greate Bay Country Club in Somers Point, donated use of the club and golf course for the The Right Notes benefit for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in October.

Benevento, whose father, Louis, has MS, served as honorary chairman of the event. He offered the golf club and course for the day's events, allowing access to 18 holes in the afternoon to guests for a minimal fee. All proceeds, some $60,000, benefited the MS Society.

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"With his personal support, and that of Greate Bay, 'The Right Notes' 2013 was a record-breaking event benefiting research for a cure for MS," said Tami Caesar, president of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Greater Delaware Valley Chapter. "We are truly grateful to Mark and Greate Bay's commitment and generosity."

United Way recruiting

The United Way of Ocean County has launched an Online Volunteer Center -

a streamlined process to connect willing volunteers and local agencies in need of their skills. UWOC's Online Volunteer Center can be accessed from the homepage of the organization's website

( Interested residents can

register and be alerted by email when

specific opportunities based on their profiles become available.

All 46 UWOC partner agencies have been invited to join the Online Volunteer Center to display their upcoming openings. UWOC Executive Director Linda Gyimoty indicated that the ultimate goal of the Online Volunteer Center is to provide the opportunity for Ocean County volunteers to easily connect with agencies which are in need of their talents.

To learn more call Jackie Liguori at 732-240-0311.

Bone Marrow Registry drive

Southern Regional High School school sponsored a Bone Marrow Registry drive in November in support of 2013 graduate Steven Schwartz, who is battling leukemia for the third time and needs a bone marrow transplant. Teachers Sarah Simonson and Ruth Tummey organized the drive through the "Be the Match" foundation.

The event registered 307 people and raised $6,265 to offset the $100 cost to process each donor's DNA. If a match is found for Steven, the donor will donate a small amount of blood to complete the bone marrow transplant. Each of the 307 donors will be entered in the national registry to be a potential match for anyone needing a bone marrow transplant.

Donations can still be sent to the "Be the Match" foundation at

Mo-vember in Millville

The Millville Senior High School Student Council and teacher Michael LaTorre sponsored "Mo-vember" in support of men's health awareness. Several male staff members participated in "No Shave November" and students voted on the best beard at the end of the month. The winner of the Best Beard was science teacher Victor Nappen.

Student council members also sold mustaches for $1 each that were proudly worn by staff and students on Nov. 22. In all, students raised just over $200 in support of Mo-vember activities.

Bank donation

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation last month presented Family Service Association President Cindy Herdman Ivins with a $30,000 check to continue the group's work with individuals and families in South Jersey. This funding is part of the bank's philanthropic focus on three core issues vital to the economic health of communities - housing, jobs and hunger.

For more information on Family Service Association programs and services, call 609-569-0239 or visit

Supporting cancer survivors

About 100 Crest Savings Bank employees participated in several fundraising events in October to raise money for Cape May County Survivors of Cancer. The project, coordinated by bank employees Sherrie Gardler and Ann Marie Baker, raised $1,207.

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Comedy raises $2,000 for JFS

The "Laugh Together: A Healing for Sandy Victims" comedy event raised $2,000 for Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May Counties' Superstorm Sandy Recovery Services.

Assemblyman Chris A. Brown, event chairman, presented the donation to Andrea Steinberg, Executive Director of Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties. The event was headlined by state Assemblyman and comedian Jon Bramnick.

Anyone needing Superstorm Recovery Services can call Jewish Family Service at 609-822-1108, extension 241.

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