Giving Back briefs: United Way volunteer of the year, Hibernians return to Atlantic City and other news of the volunteer communi

United Way Board president Ann Arena, left, presented the Henry J. Remeis Award to Sheila McLaughlin, Executive Director of Literacy Volunteers Association Cape-Atlantic, during United Way’s 75th Annual Meeting in Atlantic City.

Volunteer of the year

Atlantic City Electric Vice President Charlie Wimberg is this year's George F. Lynn United Way of Atlantic County Volunteer of the Year, for his work on the Public Policy Committee, Executive and Leadership Committees, and for other volunteer endeavors, the agency said.

Sheila McLaughlin, of Literacy Volunteers Association Cape-Atlantic, was given the Henry J. Remeis award for exemplary agency management, leadership and partnership with United Way. A complete listing of all awards and those recognized during this celebration can be found online at

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Hibernians in A.C.

The Ancient Order of Hibernians, an Irish/American Catholic fraternal organization that focuses on friendship, unity and Christian charity, is back in Atlantic City after 60 years of absence. The newest chapter is the Officer Thomas McMeekin Jr. Memorial Division, whose 40 members meet at Church of St. Nicholas of Tolentine.

McMeekin was an Atlantic City police officer killed in the line of duty. Members of the new chapter have been active in the Cape May County Division for five years, said Jim House, of Egg Harbor Township, new chapter president. Visit

Teachers help out

Southern Regional High School teachers Susan Sattan and Adele Berardi spent part of their spring break in the Appalachian community of Bristol, Tenn., helping the Remote Area Medical Volunteer Corps.

The Remote Area Medical Volunteer Corps is a non-profit, volunteer group that provides free health care, dental care, eye care, veterinary services, and technical and educational assistance to people in remote areas of the United States and the world. Visit:

Beach sweep

A record number of volunteers gathered to collect hundreds of pounds of trash from the beaches and dunes during Sea Isle City's spring "Beach Sweep" on April 21, sponsored by the Environmental Commission

Almost 190 residents and visitors participated in the event, a city spokesperson said.

Business leaders honored

Ten southern New Jersey business leaders were recognized by Court Appointed Special Advocates of Atlantic and Cape May Counties on April 26, for their work helping children in the foster care system. They are: Ron Johnson, Shore Medical Center; Robert F. Garrett, III, CapeBank Charitable Foundation; Tony Rodio, Tropicana Hotel and Casino; Marg Mancuso, Milton & Betty Katz Jewish Community Center; Cookie Till, Steve and Cookies By the Bay; Jay Gillian, Gillian's Wonderland Pier; Auggie Cipollini, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa; Dr. Patricia A. Gentile, Atlantic Cape Community College; Keith Dawn, The Press of Atlantic City; and, Steven E. Brady, Ocean City Home Bank.

Walk raises funds

The five-mile March for the Babies South Jersey Shore on the Boardwalk in Ocean City April 29 attracted about 900 walkers and is expected to reach its goal of raising about $163,500, said Anna Villari, community director for the march.

Last year the march raised $140,000. Funds raised are given to the March of Dimes for its research, education, advocacy and community service grants, for reducing birth defects. Call 856-375-8215 or access

Garden project

Atlantic County invites non-profit organizations and individuals to participate in the second annual Growing Healthy Community Garden Project.

Last year, 12 organizations participated and maintained 16 raised garden beds, mid-May through July, that yielded approximately 10,000 vegetables, including tomatoes, sweet peppers, hot peppers, zucchini, squash, eggplant, radishes and cucumbers, a county spokesperson said. Produce was donated to various charities. Contact the Atlantic County Division of Public Health at 609-645-5853.

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