About 200 local children working with Our Children Making Change raised $22,378 for seven charities this summer, giving each nonprofit more than $3,000, said founder Laura Dulac, of Margate.
OCMC groups in Harrison Township, Gloucester County; and Chester County, Pa., each surpassed their goals of $10,000, and a group in Baltimore, Md., raised $6,00, Dulac said.
OCMC kids have donated more than $145,000 to charities in four years. Each child pledges to raise at least $100 through projects of their choosing. Local charities chosen by the children this year are: Arc of Atlantic County, Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City, Hope for Atlantic City, The Marine Mammal Stranding Center, the Lions Club Summer Camp, the Ocean City Humane Society, and the Make a Wish Foundation in honor of Christian Clopp.
A Make a Wish representative told the kids their donation would purchase a large backyard playset for a three-year-old boy with a life-threatening disease. Visit ourchildrenmakingchange.org/.
Bill and Lois Maguire, owners of the Cricket Box on Asbury Avenue in Ocean City, recently donated $500 to the city's Beachwalk Program from profits made by selling its reusable tote bag featuring replicas of every city beach tag since the first in 1976.
The store has featured city memorabilia for many years.
'War at the Shore' donation
More than 300 Penn State alumni raised $31,000 to fight childhood cancer, with a "War on the Shore" fundraiser at Jack's Place in Avalon last month, a spokesperson said.
The money goes to the Four Diamonds Fund and Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital, which are also the beneficiaries of the Penn State Dance Marathon, the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, according to the spokesperson. Since the first War on the Shore in 2000, the group has raised $116,000 for families facing pediatric cancer and founded The Elpis Foundation.
Resorts Casino has donated more than $5,000 to The South Jersey AIDS Alliance and the Atlantic City GLBT Alliance, raised through its Diva Bingo this summer, said SJAA Executive Director Keith Egan.
The two nonprofits will also split the funds raised during Fall Diva Bingo, set for Sept. 7, Retro Prom; Oct. 5,Rocky Horror Bingo Show; Nov. 2, and Dec. 7, Jingle Ball Bingo. For more on Diva Bingo contact Joel Ballesteros at firstname.lastname@example.org/. Visit sjaids.org or call 856-293- 7335.
The Dave McCline Veterans Memorial Fund "Hits for Heroes" Softball Tournament, held Aug. 11 at the Egg Harbor Township High School, raised more than $2,000 for the nonprofit, said founder Tim McCline. It will allow the group to offer its first medical grant of $500 to a local veteran in need, he said.
Nine teams participated and team sponsors included Maynards of Margate, Lexus of Atlantic City, Evolve Chiropractic, CJ Adams Insurance, Prudential Fox and Roach, and Veterans Matter. Visit mcclineveteransfund.org.
Nine experienced CASA Volunteers recently completed an advanced training that will allow them to help staff oversee other volunteers. It will allow the organization to provide a CASA Volunteer for all 700 children living in foster care within four years, a spokesperson said.
Last fiscal year, CASA served 316 abused and neglected children in the foster system, the spokesperson said.
The new Peer Coordinators are: Jean Harris of Atlantic City, Jack Mahon of Ventnor, Jack McCarron of Ocean City, Linda Skutlin of Ocean City, Barb Riggione of Ocean City, John Oelkers of Longport, Bill Potts of Margate, Colleen Sanborne of Northfield, and Jackie Sarner of Galloway. For more information about CASA for Children and volunteering please call 609-601-7800 or visit AtlanticCapeCASA.org.