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Relay For Life

The American Cancer Society’s annual Relay for Life event takes place at several locations on the Jersey Shore in May and June. Each walk is an organized, overnight fundraising walk in which teams of people camp out and take turns walking around a track. Relay for life honors survivors, those who have been lost to cancer and those currently fighting it.

Each team is trying to meet a fundraising goal and holds fundraisers outside of the Relay event. Click on each location for links to participating teams or call call 1-800-227-2345.

Friday, May 29: Wall Township High School, Wall
Friday, May 29: Brick Township High School, Brick
Friday, May 29: Toms River High School North, Toms River
Friday, May 29: Southern Regional High School, Manahawkin

Saturday, May 30: Rarwtan High School, Hazlet
Saturday, May 30: Veterans Park, Berkeley Township

Saturday, June 6: Middletown North High School, Middletown
Saturday, June 6: Manchester High School, Manchester

Friday, June 12: Howell High School, Farmingdale
Friday, June 12: Matawan Regional High School, Matawan-Aberdeen

Saturday, June 13: Freehold Raceway, Freehold

Saturday, June 20: Lombardi Field, Old Bridge 

Lemonade Day
The Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County present Lemonade Day Toms River where kids will learn how to become young entrepreneurs and start, own and operate their own business through a lemonade stand. Kids will set up their own stand on Saturday, July 11 in Toms River and participate in contests including “best tasting lemonade.” Register now at and receive Lemonade Day backpack filled with goodies that will guide you and your child to a successful lemonade business.


Wednesday, May 20

Ride of Silence
The Ride of Silence starts at Allaire State Park in Wall Township at 7:00 a.m. in memory of Chuck McHugh who was killed in a hit and run accident in 2014 while riding his bike. Click for more information.

Thursday, May 21

CRAA Golf Outing
The Central Regional Alumni Association holds its 8th annual Golf Outing at the Cedar Creek Golf Course to benefit the CRHS Special Olympic Team. Click for more information.

Saturday, May 23 – Monday, May 25

Memorial Day Weekend Festival
The borough of Bradley Beach hosts its annual Memorial Day Weekend Festival Saturday, May 23 – Monday, May 25 starting with a parade on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. along Ocean Avenue. The New Jersey Hall of Fame’s Mobile Museum will be at the Festival along with 200 merchandise and food vendors along with kiddie rides, shipwreck miniature golf, live music and performers and more. Call 732-776-2999 X1050 or click for more information.

Jersey Shore Food Truck Festival
Monmouth Park hosts the Jersey Shore Food Truck Festival Saturday, May 23 through Monday, May 25 featuring over three dozen of the shore’s best food trucks for 3 days of food, family fun, and racing. Click for more information.


Monday, May 25

Freehold Memorial Day Parade
The 141st Freehold Memorial Day Parade kicks off at the corner of Main Street and Brinkerhoff Avenue at 10 a.m, rain or shine. Click for more information.

Golf Classic
Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore hosts their Golf Classic at Metedeconk National Golf Club in Jackson starting with a luncheon at 11 a.m. Call 732-349-4499 X240 for additional information.

Thursday, May 28

Friends of Dottie’s House Golf Classic
Friends of Dottie’s House hosts its 16th annual Golf Classic at Eagle Ridge Golf Club in Lakewood, to benefit women and children who have survived domestic violence. For more information visit or call 732-295-7380.

Friday, May 29

G.I. Go Fund Charity Golf Outing
The G.I. Go Fund holds a Charity Golf Opening at the Gambler Ridge Golf Course in Cream Ridge starting at 11 a.m. Click for more information.

Look Who’s Cooking Fundraiser
Family Planning of Ocean County holds their 22nd annual Look Who’s Cooking Fundraiser at the Christ Episcopal Church on Washington Street in Toms River from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Area men of distinction prepare and serve their delicious signature dishes while guests stroll, sip, savor and support. Call 732-364-9696 or click for more information.

Saturday, May 30

Jersey Born Music Festival
The Jersey Born Music Festival takes place along Cookman Avenue in Asbury Park from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Enjoy a great variety of Jersey-themed foods, live music on two stages and more to benefit the Asbury Park St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Mary’s Place by the Sea. Click for more information.

Dancing With The Stars
Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey hold their Dancing with the Stars event at La Bove Grand in Lakehurst from 6:30 p.m – 8 p.m. featuring WOBM’s Shawn Michaels and Sue Moll. Call 732-505-2273 for tickets and sponsorship information.

Rock for the Nurses Five-Year Anniversary Party with Kinderhook
The Barbara Forfar Nursing Scholarship presents their Rock for the Nurses Five-Year Anniversary Party concert featuring the return of legendary New Jersey country-rockers Kinderhook at the Idle Hour Restaurant & Bar on Route 88 in Point Pleasant starting at 1p.m. The six hour long fundraiser will also feature performances from Jersey Shore icons The Mangos, Timepiece, Ned Ryerson and his new band The Groundhogs plus other special guests an all you can eat BBQ buffet, pig roast, outside tent party and more. All proceeds from the event will benefit The Barbara Forfar Nursing Scholarship Fund which annually helps the nurses and nursing students of Ocean Medical Center by providing nursing scholarships to nurses and nursing students looking to further their formal education in the nursing profession. For more information click

Watoto Children’s Choir
The Asbury Park Neptune Minister’s Alliance hosts a concert by the Watoto Children’s ChoirIt was a pleasure speaking with you. On Saturday, May 30th, the Watoto Children’s Choir will be at the Asbury Park First Methodist Church. For more information call 732-678-6034..

Color-A-Thon 5K Run/1 Mile Fun Run
The Lakewood-Manchester Soccer Association hosts their 5K Color Run at the LMSA Soccer Fields on Colonial Drive in Manchester starting at 9 a.m. Click for more information.

Sunday, May 31

Pediatric Cancer Research Walk
The 6th annual Monmouth County Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk takes place on the campus of Monnouth University in West Long Branch to heighten awareness of this disease while raising critically needed funds for pancreatic cancer. For more information and to register, visit or call 1.866.789.1000.

Wine Pairing Benefit
Ohana Grill, located at 65 Grand Central Avenue in Lavallette hosts a Wine Pairing Benefit for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County starting at 5 p.m. Enjoy a five-course dinner paired with both red and white wines. Call 732-830-4040 for tickets and additional information.

Hoedown for Hank
The Hoedown for Hank takes place at River Rock Restaurant in Brick from 12PM-7PM to benefit lifelong Brick resident Hank Steinbach’s battle with pancreatic cancer.  Tickets are $25 and includes food and live music by Tom Baz of Bullzeye, Johnny Sticks & Joe Miller.  Visit Hoedown for Hank on Facebook or call Diane at 732-644-8200.


Saturday, June 6

Food Truck & Vendor Extravaganza
The Ocean Gate Volunteer EMS hosts their Food Truck & Vendor Extravaganza at their station house located on Cape May Avenue in Ocean Gate from 12 noon – 7 p.m. featuring music, a beer and wine garden,a mobile screening unit from Meridian Health for blood pressure, cholesterol and other tests and a corn hole tournament. Check their Facebook page at  for more information.

Someone Special Needs You (SSNY) holds their annual walk from 9:00 to noon at Divine Park at The Lake at Spring Lake starting at 5th and Warren Avenue. SSNY provides a social, recreational and creative outlet where children with special needs can express themselves. Click to form a team and for more information.

Sunday, June 7

Walk with Ronald
The Ronald McDonald House of Central and Northern New Jersey hold their annual Walk with Ronald at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson from 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Participants receive a free day in the park and free parking. Click or call 732-222-8755 for more information.

Barnegat Bay Festival
The Barnegat Bay Partnership holds the 18th annual Barnegat Bay Festival at the Wanamaker Complex in Island Heights from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. . Visit exhibits and activities that focus on the environmentally responsible ways to enjoy and protect the Barnegat Bay and its watershed. Click or call 732-914-8109 for more information.

Irish Festival
Monmouth Park presents the 45th annual Irish Festival featuring live Thoroughbred racing highlighted by Irish step dancing, crafters, food, a pipe and drum competition and the fan-favorite human horse race. Music from the Emerald Isle will be playing all day from three different stages. Click for more information.

Friday, June 12

Special Olympics of New Jersey Law Enforcement Torch Run
The Special Olympics of New Jersey Law Enforcement Torch Run is a statewide campaign coordinated and managed by all divisions of Law Enforcement officials throughout the state Each year more than 3,000 officers participate in this 26-leg journey where the “Flame of Hope” is carried a distance of nearly 750 miles throughout the Garden State to The College of New Jersey in Ewing, where it ignites the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony for Summer Games. The run will travel through Monmouth County’s Ocean Township on Park Place and Bimbler Boulevard between 8 a.m and 10:30 a.m. Click for more information.

Saturday, June 13

Chelsea Delivers Hope Summer Family Music Festival
The 3rd annual Chelsea Delivers Hope Summer Family Music Festival takes place at Bar Anticipation in Lake Como from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. Enjoy a family friendly afternoon with live music, a sing –a-long with Elsa and Anna, barbeque, kids activities and more to benefit the The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) CDH research department & Special Delivery Unit. Call 908-601-5450 for more information.

Allentown Hidden Gardens Tour
The Allentown Garden Club and Allentown Art Guild host their Hidden Gardens Tour, an event offered every two years offering rare glimpses into area residents’ most exquisite private gardens. Click or call (609)259-0334 for more information.

Volunteer Day
The Freehold Borough Human Relations Committee hosts a Volunteer Day 3 in the Freehold Intermediate School gymnasium at the Park Avenue Elementary School complex from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Learn about volunteer opportunities and sign up to help organizations such as Freehold Fire & First Aid, CentraState, Habitat for Humanity and more.

Young Eagles Flight Rally and Pancake Breakfast
Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 898 hosts a Young Eagles Flight Rally at Ocean County Airport (formally RJ Miller Airpark) starting at 9 a.m. offering free plane rides for kids. Pilots at the event will also explain more about their airplanes allowing young people to discover how airplanes work and how pilots ensure safety is the prime concern before every flight.There is also a pancake breakfast available. Click for more information.

K9 Sgt. Denny Dog Walk
The Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski Memorial Fund and the Middletown Lions Club hosts the K9 Sgt. Denny Dog Walk at the NJ Army National Guard Training Center in Sea Girt from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. in support of military working dogs and service dogs for Wounded Warriors. Click for additional information

A Night at Club Mo
The Christopher J. Morrissey Scholarship Foundation hosts their 4th annual benefit entitled A Night at Club Mo” from 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. at the Spring Lake Manor on Route 71 in Spring Lake Heights featuring live music from the Biily Lawlor Band, a gift auction and more. Click or call 732-773-0677 for more information.

Monday, June 15

James Volpe Foundation Golf Classic
The 4th annual James Volpe Foundation Golf Classic takes place at the Pine Barrens Golf Club in Jackson starting at 10:30 a.m. All proceeds will be used to continue the Foundations’ support of young members of the community to reach their highest poten¬tial in education and sports through scholarships and other financial means in memory of James Volpe, a Jackson Memorial High School senior who died in a car accident in 2011. Call 646-436-0975 or click for more information.

Saturday, June 20

OCC Foundation Scholarship Cenebration
The Ocean County College Foundation hosts the 2015 annual Scholarship Celebration in the Health and Human Performance Center (Building #29) on the Ocean County College Main Campus in Toms River starting at 6:00 p.m.. This year’s event will honor The Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation for its outstanding support of the arts, education, and healthcare in Ocean County. Call 732-255-0492 or visit for more information.

Kevin A. Brue Father’s Day 5K Run
The Point Pleasant Boro Rotary Club holds their Kevin A. Brue Melanoma Awareness Father’s Day 5K Run at Community Park in Point Pleasant starting at 8 a.m. with a 1 mile fun run. Click for additional information.

Showdown at the Shore
The Monmouth Rugby Football Club hosts their 3rd annual Showdown at the Shore place at Thompson Park in Lincroft starting at 9 a.m. The event is one of the largest showcase for 7s rugby on the east coast, drawing participation form over 720 players and 1000 spectators from throughout the Northeast. Call 631-835-0496 or click for more information.

Ocean Grove Giant Craft Show
The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association hosts their 33rd annual Ocean Grove Giant Craft Show takes place along Ocean Pathway from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., rain or shine. Click for more information.

Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28

Bradley Beach Lobsterfest
Bradley Beach’s Lobsterfest takes place Saturday, June 27 from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday, June 28 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Ocean Avenue. Enjoy 6 live bands, over 100 craft and specialty vendors, kids activities and more. Click the Lobsterfest Facebook page for more information.

Win & Wine Weekend with Chocolate Expo
Monmouth Park hosts its Win & Wine Weekend and its first ever Chocolate Expo Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28. Sample from dozens of delicious New Jersey wines and finish it all with the smooth taste of chocolate. Click for more information.

Saturday, June 27

Bow Wow Bingo Bash
Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey hold their Bow Wow Bingo Bash fundraiser at Toms River High School East from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. hosted by Marianne Levy and featuring a fashion show and more. Call 732-505-2273 or click for more information.

Monday, June 29

Golf Classic
Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore hosts their Golf Classic at Metedeconk National Golf Club in Jackson starting with a luncheon at 11 a.m. Call 732-349-4499 X240 for additional information.



Friday, July 10

Christmas in July Casino Night
Brandon’s Elves hosts their Christmas in July Casino Night at the Ramada Inn on Route 70 at Route 9 in Toms River starting at 7 p.m. Brandon’s Elves remembers 6-year-old Brandon Holt who lost his life in a gun accident at his home in 2013 and provides Ocean County families with assistance to have a Christmas, Brandon’s favorite holiday. Call 732-966-0066 for more information.

Saturday, July 11

Promenade of Mermaids
Mermaids, mermen and sea monsters of all ages are invited to promenade on the Asbury Park Boardwalk in the inaugural Promenade of Mermaids starting at 12 noon. Click  for more information.

Wednesday, July 15

Community Music Night
Share your gifts of time and talent at Community Music Night at the German American Club on Uncle Pete’s Road in Yardville starting at 6 p.m., a live band karaoke/open mic opportunity.

Saturday, July 18

Summer in the Street
Downtown Toms River hosts Summer in the Street along Washington Street in Toms River from 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. featuring live entertainment, street performers, inflatable rides, face painting,crafters, food and more. Click   or call 732-341-8738 for more information.

Friends of Bradley Beach Library Walk-A-Thon
Friends of Bradley Beach Library holds a Walk-a-Thon on the Bradley Beach boardwalk starting at 8:30 a.m. to benefit the library’s ADA compliant renovations and expansion. Call 732-556-6982 for registration and sponsorship information.

Saturday, July 25

Soulsational Festival
Live Positive Today presents the 5th annual Soulsational Festival , a day to promote a positive lifestyle, at Veterans Park in Berkeley Township featuring health and fitness vendors, live music, a food and beer garden, kids village and more. Click for additional information.


Saturday, August 1

Lacey Shorefest
The Lacey United Methodist Church hosts a Food Truck Show at the Church located at 203 Lacey Road from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Other activities include a petting zoo, pony rides, live music, games and more. Call 609-693-5222 for tickets and additional information.

Monmouth Park Ladies Day
Monmouth Park holds its Ladies Day to kick off William Hill Haskell Weekend in style. Ladies are admitted free with hat or fascinator. Come dressed to impress and be asked to participate in the ladies hat contest for great prizes. Enjoy the Lilly Pulitzer fashion show at the Lady’s Secret Café showcasing the season’s best new style and designs. Click for more information.

Around The Shore

Literacy New Jersey – Ocean County
Nearly 20% of adults in New Jersey cannot read a newspaper, fill out a job application, decipher train or bus schedule or understand verbal instructions at work or at a doctor’s office. If you are 18 years or older and want to help these people, please contact Literacy New Jersey – Ocean County Programs. They need Volunteer Tutors to teach basic reading, writing and English comprehension skills to residents of Ocean County. Call 732-864-9646 or click for more information.

Lacey Township EMT Seeks Members
Have you always wanted to help others, be an important part of your community and gain invaluable experience while truly making a difference in the lives of others? They can’t offer you a pay-check but can offer rewards and experiences beyond what you would ever receive elsewhere. Lacey Township Emergency Medical Service is looking for new members who are at least sixteen years of age or older to volunteer and staff one of our ambulances. Training provided and no experience is necessary. Instead of watching EMT’s and ambulances on television become one today. Click for an application & or call 609-693-9510.

Emmanuel Cancer Foundation
The the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation provides a variety of specialized services, at no charge, to any New Jersey family facing the challenges of caring for a child with cancer. accomplish this through professional in-home counseling, advocacy on behalf of the families, material support such as food, clothing, toys, and household items and emergency financial relief. Call 908-322-4323 or click for additional information.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors USA
Neighbors HelpingNeighbors USA is a free, peer-led volunteer job search networking and support group targeted to individuals who are actively looking for work and interested in reinvgorating their job search.Membership is open to anyone in career transition, including unemployed, underemployed individuals and recent college graduates in the fields of business, non-profit, and education, as well as persons re entering the job market, struggling small business owners and anyone looking for part-time or volunteer work. Click for meeting locations around New Jersey.

The Childhood Leukemia Foundation
The Childhood Leukemia Foundation is a national nonprofit organization devoted to making a difference in lives of children battling cancer. Since their inception in 1992, their mission has remained resolute to create innovative free programs to support the emotional needs of pediatric cancer patients and their families too. Located in Brick, CLF’s welcomes groups and individuals seeking volunteer opportunities. Visit or call 732-920-8860 for more infomation.

Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) holds volunteer training throughout New Jersey. The goal of the CASA volunteer is to facilitate placement of a child into safe, permanent home. They are looking for individuals with a desire to help children – no special background is needed. Call 732-270-6803 or visit for more information.

The Hope Center at the House of Hope of Oceans County, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that provides help and hope for those who are in need. Their mission is to provide resources, referrals, food and targeted financial assistance to clients as they work to overcome life crisis. Clients come to them with a variety of needs, including shelter for the homeless or to help with other urgent needs, which are paid through their Human Needs Fund.

What if it was your friend or family member who needed life saving blood? Would you be there? TheCommunity Blood Council of New Jersey is there, a not-for-profit blood center helping save lives. Help save lives by donating blood or setting up a blood drive in your area. For more information call the Community Blood Council at 877-244-8365.

Each year, there are over 2 million poison exposures reported to Poison Control Centers across the US. The New Jersey Poison Information and Education System (NJPIES) has been the state’s regional drug and poison information system for the past 25 years. NJPIES is a non-profit organization that offers poison emergency and drug information services to NJ residents via its hotline (1-800-222-1222). Trained health professionals (doctor, nurse, or pharmacist) are available 24 hours a day / 7 days a week to assist callers with poison emergencies, poison prevention information, drug information, food poisoning, carbon monoxide poisoning, treatment advice following bites/stings, medication side effects and interactions, etc. All calls are free and confidential. Services are available for the hearing impaired (973-926-8008) and for those who speak languages other than English.

New Jersey’s statewide 2-1-1 Help Line is a 24/7 one-stop, non-emergency call center operated by the United Way for people seeking help & information. Easily accessible by landline, cell phone and the internet at, calls are free & confidential with multi-lingual specialists always available. Specialists can provide information & referral services to callers about a variety of issues including basic human needs resources, support for seniors & persons with disabilities, support for children & families, employment support.

You hoped it wouldn’t happen but it has. You’ve lost your job. You’ve got a family to support. Your skills may be out of date. What do you do now? You need the personal support and services of a unique organization. Professional Services Group is ready to help. They can help you with everything from resume writing to interviewing and everything else you need to showcase your valuable skills. If the unthinkable has happened, don’t hesitate. PSG is a no-cost New Jersey Department of Labor supported volunteer organization for professionals in transition. More Info

The County Connection, located near JC Penney’s at the Ocean County Mall, is a service of the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders. County residents can learn about programs, services and activities available to them in Ocean County. The County Connection is open regular mall hours, including evenings, weekends and holidays. For more information, call (732)288-7777 or visit the County Connection web site at

Einstein’s Alley Vet Career Connect - Einstein’s Alley Vet Career Connect is designed to match members of the New Jersey National Guard, a New Jersey veteran or the spouse of a veteran the veteran, to the career that is perfectly suited to them. This initiative focuses on the individual soldier’s strengths and motivations by using a proven Personality Assessment Profile that has been used by over 25K companies to assess over 2.5 million people. This Profile objectively quantifies an individual’s competencies as well as their strengths and potential and matches those core strengths to the requirements of a job. The expected outcome is a career and not just a job – with the employer needs matched to the employee’s career desires. For more information call (609)524-1200.

Dell’Omo Realtors in located at 3455 Route 66 in Neptune is teaming with the Monmouth County SPCA to find homes for people and pets. With every home sold Dell’Omo Realtors will sponsor a pet at the shelter. The office will also act as a drop-off location for blankets, towels other items for the MSPCA’s pets. For more information call (732)531-5008 or visit

Ocean County Hunger Relief is collecting children’s clothes, coats, & shoes (sizes infant to teen), book bags, and lunch boxes for needy children in Ocean County. There is a desperate need because the organization almost never has these items. Especially needed are baby items such as diapers, wipes, shampoo, baby wash, etc. The children receiving the donations are either very poor or homeless. Donations may be dropped off at the Hunger Relief office on North Main Street in Toms River or by calling (732) 505-HELP or by visiting

Jersey Shore Partnership - Did you know that bathing water quality at New Jersey’s ocean and bay beaches is checked at least once a week? Testing is done more frequently here than in any other state to make sure that our water is safe for swimming. New Jersey has set the standard for nationwide water quality testing. The Jersey Shore Partnership is New Jersey’s leading champion for beach protection and replenishment. To learn more, visit

The Ashley Lauren Foundation, a non profit, charitable organization dedicated to bringing hope and help to children in New Jersey who have been diagnosed with cancer seeks volunteers throughout the state to help them achieve this goal. Volunteer opportunities include providing material & emotional support, helping with parties & other fun activities for the children, helping with grant writing, public relations and media support, legal assistance, office help and printing services. Please call 732-458-4200 or visit for more information.

Did you know nearly twenty percent of adults living in New Jersey cannot read a newspaper, fill out a job application, decipher a train or bus schedule, or understand verbal instructions in the workplace? Literacy Volunteers of Monmouth County is seeking volunteer tutors to teach basic literacy and English as a Second Language to local residents in Monmouth County. There are presently students waiting for tutors. They need your help. Training classes are being conducted now and throughout the coming months. Contact Literacy Volunteers of Monmouth County at 732-571-0209 or visit

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