Polar Bear Run

The 2013 Polar Bear 5K Run/1.5-Mile Walk for Autism, sponsored by Mike Monichetti, owner of Mike's Seafood, in cooperation with the City of Sea Isle City, will be held

12:30 p.m. Sunday at JFK Boulevard and the Promenade. Pre-registration fee by Thursday is $20 for walkers and $25 for runners. Participants can register online or download a registration form at mikesseafood.com, or can register in person at JFK Boulevard and Landis Avenue that weekend.

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For more information about the Polar Bear 5K Run and 1.5-Mile Walk, call 609-778-8418 or email polarbearrunwalkforautism@comcast.net.

The event is part of Sea Isle City's 19th Annual Polar Bear Plunge Weekend Friday to Sunday, with activities that include the Polar Bear "Royal Family" competitions Friday, and a costume contest, parade and plunge into the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday.

Church gives grant

The Woodbine Elementary School has received a $10,000 Mustard Seed grant award from St. Mary Episcopal Church of Stone Harbor.

A portion of the funds will be used to purchase school uniform items for Woodbine school families who may be in need. The grant will also be used to reimburse costs associated with dental visitations from the Mobile Dentist Unit. A small segment of the grant will be directed towards the purchase of raincoats, bike helmets and alarm clocks to help boost student attendance.

The Woodbine Peer Leadership Team in collaboration with the Woodbine PTA will also develop a plan to collect gently used school uniform items in receptacles purchased by the grant; then offer a Uniform Exchange Day during the school year. The grant will help fund start-up costs for a new school store to sell gently used uniform clothing, school materials and supplies. Jackie Merollo, Margaret Benson and Erika Himstedt will coordinate the grant.

Elks leadership conference

Seven juniors from Lower Cape May Regional High School were selected to attend the 25th Annual Elks Peer Leadership Conference Feb. 1 to 3 in Long Branch. Sponsored by the Greater Cape May Elks Lodge No. 2839, LCMR teacher and renaissance advisor Mary Rose Bispels attended along with students Riley Andrews, Danyelle Addesso, Nicole Hornbeck, Jamie Ruchser, Alice Bur, Anna Osman and Jessica Nagel. One senior, Meg Beane Fox, also attended as a "Highlighter" who attended last year and was invited back.

Morey's Piers donation

Morey's Piers has donated $7,500 each to Cape Atlantic Red Cross and the Lunch with Lynch Foundation to thank them for their dedication to the community and their involvement with Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. The two groups were the lead organizations that helped support Morey's Piers in working with FEMA to provide shelter at the Blue Palms Resort for families displaced by Hurricane Sandy.

Verizon grants

Verizon has awarded $200,000 in grants to several nonprofit community organizations that have provided post-hurricane relief. Among the South Jersey groups receving funds were the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, Southern Branch, Alantic City Rescue Mission, Food Bank of Monmouth & Ocean Counties and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Ocean County.

Scholarship foundation

A Super Bowl Pre-Party at the Mays Landing Golf and Country Club on Feb. 3 raised more than $10,000 for the Chief Arthur Brown Jr. Memorial Scholarship Foundation.

Founded in 1992 in honor of the former chief of the Atlantic City Beach patrol, the goal of the foundation is to provide scholarships and other assistance to individuals and organizations. The foundation has expanded to also honor former Atlantic City lifeguard William D. Fox, Samuel "Sonny" Schwartz, and Atlantic City Police Officer Thomas J. McMeekin.

To date, the foundation has awarded more than $215,000 in scholarships and other financial aid.

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