Zumbathon benefit

Local Zumba Instructors danced their way to raising $1,300 for Sandy victims in a two hour Zumbathon at Erma Firehall in Lower Township on Nov. 17.

They also collected nonperishable food and other supplies.

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Service award

The 85-member Rotary Club of Vineland recently won the "Service Club of the Year" at a dinner sponsored by The Vineland Service Clubs Council at the Centerton Country Club. The award is presented to an organization which has done an outstanding job of helping and serving the community as well as improving the quality of life in the city.

Rotary members are engaged in more than 15 local and global community service programs, including Adopt-A-Road Cleanups, dictionary distributions, Interact Club sponsorships and mentoring, scholarships, blood drives and more. Call 856-982-1760 or 856-692-2581.

Student fundraiser

Millville Senior High School recently held a "MO"vember day - selling fake mustaches for $1 to raise awareness for men's health Issues.

They raised more than $250 and donated it to the American Cancer Society.

Ford donation

Southern Regional High School recently accepted a U-Haul filled with donations for storm relief from workers at the Kansas City, Mo., Ford Assembly Plant. Four former Ocean County residents, who now work at the plant, drove the donations to Stafford Township.

Students helped unload and will inventory the items before they are be distributed. English teacher Nancy Adams organized the event.

Red Cross fundraiser

The Bridgeton School Employee Association, a group of Education Support Professionals in the Bridgeton school district, raised $600 for The American Red Cross and hurricane relief in a Bowl-A-Thon at Legacy Lanes in Bridgeton Nov. 19, said President Aaron Pope. Eighteen members bowled and many more attended and volunteered, he said. Caesars Pizza, of Bridgeton, provided pizza for everyone at the event.

Radio efforts

Longport Media's WMGM-FM 103.7's Operation Help event, and WOND-AM 1400's Barbara Altman's Front Porch Turkey Drive collectively raised more than $20,000 last month and filled four tractor trailers with food, clothing, household and other items for families in need this holiday season.

The events benefited The Community Food Bank of New Jersey, the Jewish Family Services Food Pantry and St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church in Atlantic City.

Chainsaw donation

Advantage Rental & Sales, of Seaville in Upper Township, donated four chainsaws with a total value of $2,400, to the Borough of Woodbine, said Mayor William Pikolycky.

The donated equipment replaced that lost in Hurricane Sandy.

Titanic project

Mainland Regional High School students created a sculpture of the Titanic, complete with iceberg, out of 1,000 food cans collected during Spirit Week. It stood in the high school lobby, and now is on display at the Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College in Oceanville, Galloway Township, as part of its 'Finding Home' exhibition. "Finding Home" focuses on the lives of homeless people.

The cans full of food will be donated to the Atlantic City Rescue Mission.

It takes three hours for about 24 students to assemble the sculpture, according to art teacher Lauren Comisky.

United Way donation

Robert's Steakhouse of New York held its opening event on Nov. 8, and became the newest member of Atlantic City's business community.

During the festivities, owner Bob Gans, of Brooklyn, N.Y., announced a donation of $5,000 to the United Way of Atlantic County to support Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

FoodBank aid

The Atlantic City Kiwanis Club this week received more than 1,400 pounds of canned goods and other non-perishable items for the Community FoodBank of New Jersey from two other regional clubs.

Clubs in Elizabethtown and Norlanco Rheems, both in Pennsylvania, collected the food, the local club said.

Boardwalk event

On Nov. 11 an estimated 600 people celebrated the Atlantic City Boardwalk by walking from Atlantic Club Hotel & Casino to Revel to remind everyone that the famous boardwalk and its businesses are open.

Walkers donated to the American Red Cross, raising $1,800 for Hurricane Sandy relief.

Helping Shore Medical Center

The Ocean City Board of Realtors donated $1,300 to Shore Medical Center's Pediatric Care Center on Nov. 19, from funds raised in a summer event.

"Bubble Mania," led by board of realtors President Maria Marinelli, of Margate, included the sale of T-shirts and bubble liquid during the Ocean City Beachfront Airshow in September.

JFS donation

Sixty religious school students who attended Shabbat services at Congregation Beth Israel in Northfield on Nov. 16 helpled raise $1,800 for Jewish Family Services Hurricane Sandy Relief.

Rabbi David M. Weis and five congregants each donated $5 for every student who attended services that Friday.

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