Author Judith Viorst helped United Way of Atlantic County raise $11,000 at the Women's Leadership Fall Fundraiser, held Nov. 15 at Seaview resort in Galloway Township. The money will support Success By 6, an early childhood development initiative in Atlantic County.
Viorst, who wrote well-known children's books, including "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day," entertained a crowd of more than 230 attendees. The Women's Leadership also collected more than 200 books that will be distributed throughout the county, organizers said.
Beef and beer event
In late October, the Ladies Invitational Bluefish Tournament held its Fall Beef and Beer at the Black Cat Bar and Grille in Absecon, and raised about $2,000 for the Ruth Newman Shapiro Cancer and Heart Fund Mobile Mammography Unit.
About 100 people attended, said organizer Danielle Brooks. Father and sons trio, the Jake Perry Band, provided entertainment.
SRMS helps out
The Southern Regional Middle School in Stafford Township, under the direction of advisors Lynn Lapsley and Maryann Fleck, both social studies teachers from Lacey Township, collected more than 700 food items during homeroom periods for a community food drive this month.
The Long Beach Island Kiwanis delivered the items to 31 Southern Regional families in need, along with turkey gift cards, the school said.
Scouting for food
Webelo Cub Scout and Assumption Regional Catholic School fifth grader Luke Ngo collected 101 bags of food from people in the Blue Heron Pines development in Galloway Township, mom Kelly Keenan said. He had help from brother Matthias, a third grader; sister Kathleen, a seventh grader; and friend James Grimm, a fifth grader in the Arthur Rann School in Galloway.
The food was donated to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Southern Branch and the effort was part of Scouting for Food. Ngo's Pack 634 participated in the national effort.