Volunteers of the year
Sis Borden, of Sea Isle City, was named the 2013 Volunteer of the Year for AARP Chapter 710 of Sea Isle City.
Borden received the honor at the local chapter's annual holiday luncheon at The Tuckahoe Inn in Beasley's Point.
Borden is known for donating her time by decorating and serving coffee at AARP gatherings. She also volunteers for toy and food drives and is an active member of the Sea Isle City Women's Civic Club, where she is vice-president.
As volunteer of the year, Borden received a plaque and a $100 donation to her favorite charity, Holy Redeemer Food Pantry, located in Cape May Court House.
"The volunteers at Holy Redeemer do a wonderful job - but they need more donations so they can continue to help others," said Borden. "It's very important that families are fed well."
Payless donates shoes
The Atlantic County Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. has been selected as an official partner of Payless Gives Shoes 4 Kids, an annual giving program from Payless ShoeSource. Atlantic County Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. received 50 certificates for children's shoes that were distributed to families at its annual holiday bowling party.
This is the sixth year of the Payless Gives Shoes 4 Kids program and also the sixth year Atlantic County Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. has been the recipient of these certificates.
For more information on Youth Advocate Programs, Inc., visit yapinc.org or call the Atlantic County Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. at 609-345-7333.
Anne Burrows, president of the Cape Regional Medical Center Auxiliary, presented a $175,000 check in support of the Medical Center's Intensive Care Unit renovations, during a meeting at The Reeds at Shelter Haven in Stone Harbor. The check is the final payment of a $1 million pledge the auxiliary announced in June 2009.
"The Auxiliary is proud to report that we completed this pledge in only five years," Burrows said, "and are excited to begin payments toward our $1 million pledge to the Thomas and Claire Brodesser, Jr. Cancer Center Capital Campaign in 2014."
For more information about Cape Regional Medical Center's Auxiliary, call 609-463-2519.
Southern helps student
Southern Regional students and staff have held several events to raise money for Ronny Materazzi, a seventh grader who had surgery to remove a tumor on his brain on the first day of school. He is doing well, but the family has incurred massive medical bills.
The Middle School organized a walk the day before Thanksgiving that included 803 students. The high school physical education classes also sponsored a walk-a-thon. The National Junior Honor Society sold wrist bands. High School senior Taryn Kalsch, her family and the Southern Regional Athletic department, organized a "Run for Ronny" on the stadium track.
Thirty Southern Regional High School male teachers grew beards for the "No Shave November" initiative and decided to continue into December to help Ronny's family. Students voted for the best beard.
Tree of Lights
The Auxiliary of Shore Medical Center celebrated the holiday season with its 22nd Annual Tree of Lights in the Ben and Flora Baker Surgical Pavilion Atrium Lobby. Members of the community were invited to commemorate special people in their lives by making a memorial or honorary donation and having their names inscribed in the Tree of Lights book, which is on display in the atrium lobby through the holiday season. This year, the Auxiliary raised more than $4,600. Proceeds will benefit Shore Medical Center's surgical pavilion and campus expansion.
Auxiliary members Heidi Angelastro, of Seaville, and Delores Dengler Vitas, of Petersburg, lit this year's tree on behalf of fellow member Betsy Moran, of Margate. Moran joined the auxiliary in 1992 and has been active as a volunteer in the Somers Point Thrift Shop, as well as serving on many fundraising event committees.
For more information about the Auxiliary of Shore Medical Center, please call 609-653-4646 or visit GiveToShore.org.
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