Run raises $36,000

The family of Peyton Laricks, 5, of Sea Isle City, hosted the fifth Annual Peyton's Promise 5K Run/2K Walk on Sea Isle's oceanfront promenade June 8. The event raised $36,000 for congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) research. CDH is a birth defect that occurs when the diaphragm fails to fully develop, allowing abdominal organs to enter the chest cavity.

Peyton was born with CDH in 2008. Following months of intensive care at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and numerous surgeries, she was finally able to go home to Sea Isle City. Grateful that their daughter's life was saved, her parents, Dustin and Debbie Laricks, made a promise to help raise awareness and money for ongoing CDH research. Over five years, the run has raised $150,000.

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The event was followed by a family-friendly celebration at The Springfield Inn Carrousel, which featured food, music, raffles and an award ceremony for the winners of the 5K.

To learn more about Peyton's Promise, visit

Pillow cases for kids

The Tri-County Community Interact Club, sponsored by the Vineland Rotary Club, participated in a project with the ConKerr Cancer organization to make pillow cases for children battling serious illnesses. The community service club for students also recently planted a garden at the Vineland YMCA, sponsored a BINGO night at the N.J. Veterans Memorial Home in Vineland and participated in the Rotary Adopt-a-Road program by picking up litter on Landis Avenue in Vineland.

The Interact Club is a community-based club with members from Schalick High School in Pittsgrove Township, Vineland High School, Buena Regional High School, Our Lady of Mercy in Newfield and Sacred Heart High School in Vineland, as well as Rossi and Wallace Middle Schools in Vineland. For more information, contact Melanie Druziako, youth service director of the Vineland Rotary Club at 609-774-3671 or

Bandstand ball

More than 450 supporters turned out to twist and shout at the "American Bandstand Grand Ball" at Loews Philadephia Hotel to raise money for the Inspira Health Network Foundation, formerly South Jersey Healthcare Foundation. IHN medical staff hosted the event and co-chairs were Lawrence A. Pepper Jr., David Robbins Jr., Dr. Michael A Villani and Dr. Scott E. Wagner. The event included cocktails, dining and dancing featuring The David Christopher Orchestra. All proceeds support the Inspira Foundation.

In keeping with the "American Bandstand" theme, a Philadelphia Getaway Weekend, courtesy of the Loews Philadelphia Hotel, was the door prize won by Dave Moore, of Bridgeton. For more information about the IHN Foundation visit or call 856-641-8290.

Noyes gets free AED

Representatives of the Heart Institute at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center presented an automated external defibrillator (AED) to the Noyes Museum of Art, Stockton College through the ARMC Heart Heroes Matching Funds Program during the museum's summer season opening reception. The donation was AtlantiCare's 98th matching funds or full donation of an AED since it implemented the Matching Funds Program in 2002.

The ARMC Heart Heroes is a volunteer group that raises funds to place AEDs in the community. For more information about the AtlantiCare Heart Heroes Matching Funds Program, including how to make a donation, visit, call the AtlantiCare Access Center at 888-569-1000 or find AtlantiCare on Facebook at

Group seeks legal help

Body in Balance gym in Linwood and the local Parkinson's Support Group are looking for legal help in setting up a non-profit corporation in order to apply for grants. For more information contact Norman Cohen at at

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