Giving Back briefs: Medical center staff helps students and other news of the volunteer community

Joanne Carrocino, president and CEO of Cape Regional Medical Center, delivers book bags and school supplies to the children of the Glenwood Avenue School in Wildwood.

Cape medical center

donates school supplies

Cape Regional Medical Center President and CEO, Joanne Carrocino and Tom Piratzky, vice president/public relations and marketing, delivered hundreds of school supplies to the Glenwood Avenue Elementary School in September. The Cape Regional Medical Center team collected more than $3,200 in school supplies to support the "Lunch with Lynch" Program and the Wildwood school.

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This marks the fifth year that Cape Regional employees, physicians and volunteers have contributed to the back-to-school drive for children at the school, Carrocino said. School Principal Kenyon Kummings said Cape Regional has become a very important and valued partner at Glenwood Avenue Elementary.

"These school supplies will be used throughout the year to supplement many of our students and classrooms," he said.

Auto dealer helps Soroptimists

Bill Kindle of Kindle Auto Plaza in Cape May Court House donated $250 to the Soroptimist International of Cape May to support its Girlz Rule conference for girls ages 10 to 14 on Oct. 4 at Lower Cape May Regional High School. The Girlz Rule conference included workshops on teaching young girls how to overcome obstacles, create goals and succeed. For more information about the Soroptimist of Cape May County contact Stace Pashuck, co-chair, at 972-859-9959.

Randazzo Foundation donation

Paul Giunta, president and Michele Frisko, secretary of The Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation recently visited the Brodesser Cancer Center at Cape Regional Medical Center in Cape May Court House to present $2,500 to the Cancer Center Capital Campaign. Randazzo, a professional surfer, was stricken with cancer in 2001. He has been cancer-free for four years, and the DRCF has raised and donated more than $300,000. More information is on the web site at

Atlantic County

Revive group Honored

Family Service Association's Board of Trustees have selected the long-term recovery group, Atlantic County Revive, as winner of the Henry West Leeds Advocate of the Year.

Atlantic County Revive is a group of social-service and nonprofit agencies in South Jersey that organized after Hurricane Sandy to deal with long-term recovery and be a centralized resource for residents as they continue to rebuild after the storm. Group participants include Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, the Salvation Army, Family Service Association and local churches and nonprofits.

Sykes Awards honor

service organizations

The annual Donald J. Sykes Awards this year honored five local service organizations in Atlantic County for the work they do with individuals with disabilities. This year's recipients include: the Arc of Atlantic County, Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation, CONTACT Cape Atlantic, the John D. Young Memorial Lions Blind Center, and Learning Access Program of The Wellness Center at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

The groups were recognized at a ceremony Oct. 23 at the Mays Landing Golf and Country Club in Mays Landing. Ninety-eight residents have previously received the Sykes Award named in memory of the longtime community advocate and former chairman of the county's Disabled Citizens Advisory Board.

Golf tournament raises $105,000 for scholarships

More than 100 donors and 170 registered golfers helped to raise more than $105,000 at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey's Annual Golf Classic at Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club in Galloway Township on Sept. 26. The event benefits the College Foundation Scholarship Fund.

Primary sponsors were Kensington Furniture and Mattress of Northfield and Pennoni Associates Inc., a consulting engineer firm in Philadelphia. Other top sponsors included: IBEW Local 351, Marathon Engineering and Environmental Services of Atlantic City and Swedesboro, Kramer Beverage Co. of Hammonton, Pennsylvania Trust, Pepsi and Shore Medical Center of Somers Point.

Casey Klingert, of Egg Harbor Township, Adam Kripitz, of Margate, Nick Pantilione, of Absecon and Larry Silk, of Somers Point were on the winning foursome sponsored by Parke Bank of Sewel. Carol Giordano, of Moorestown, Tracy Santoro, of Margate, Bonnie Spector, of Longport and Dotsie Tuscano, of Brigantine, were the top women's team.

The Stockton women's softball team, led by Coach Val Julien, welcomed guests and players and the Stockton Parent and Family Association sold 50/50 tickets and auction items. LPGA pro Laura Diaz and her coach and father, PGA pro Ron Philo, Sr., presented a putting and chipping demonstration before the tournament to help players improve their short game.

United Way grant applications

United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey is accepting applications for grants from non-profit regional health and human services groups though its Impact Fund program. The deadline to apply is Nov. 15. Volunteer application reviewers are also needed.

John Emge, executive director of the United Way for Atlantic and Cape May counties said they are looking for agencies to partner with United Way in the three-year funding cycle. Minimum grants are about $5,000 and can go up to $200,000. The Impact Fund program will be outcome-based, and applicants will have to show how the funds are being used. The fund invests in local organizations, projects and programs in a variety of social service areas including education, and health.

Grant awards will be announced in May 2014. Organizations that receive Impact Grants will be required to report their outcomes and progress against agreed-upon goals at regularly scheduled intervals and comply with semi-annual audits conducted by the United Way.

For more information or to apply, visit

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