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Woofin’ Paws 2014

Saturday, April 19th, 2014
Pretty in purple. (Photos by Lori Hoffman)

Pretty in purple. (Photos by Lori Hoffman)

The annual Ocean City Woofin’ Paws Pet Parade and Fashion Show took place today, Saturday, April 19, with a gorgeous sunshine filled afternoon and warm enough temperatures. Enjoy these photos from the event and read the story here.

Senor Poncho the chinchilla with pal Sally.

Senor Poncho the chinchilla with pal Sally.

Where did everybody go?

Where did everybody go?

Cadbury rabbit audition No 1 ...

Cadbury rabbit audition No 1 ...

... and No. 2.

... and No. 2.

Cool shades

Cool shades

Pet look-a-like participant.

Pet look-a-like participant.

Patti McWalk is Sunday, April 27

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

By Kaitlin Montague
MARGATE, N.J. — In memory of a beloved Margate woman, the Patti McWalk is celebrating it’s 13th year on Sunday, April 27. Having battled pancreatic cancer for five years, at the age of 43 Patti McDonnell would succumb to the disease’s wrath in February 2002. Soon after, many of her closest friends put together this fundraiser on her birthday, April 18, in her memory. They coined it the “Patti McWalk.”

The Patti McWalk is named in honor of the late Patti McDonnell (pictured), and raises funds for the South Jersey Cancer Fund.

The Patti McWalk is named in honor of the late Patti McDonnell (pictured), and raises funds for the South Jersey Cancer Fund.

“Patti liked living life,” says her older brother, Bob McDonnell. “She was a very generous and giving girl with a lot of friends. She was sort of a free spirit who enjoyed fishing, loved the beach, and was involved all kinds of different activities. Each year she and some friends would go to the Kentucky Derby. She died at 43, but I tell people she squeezed more living into 43 years than many fit into 80.”

On April 27, sign-ups begin at noon at Lucy the Elephant in Margate (9200 Atlantic Ave. in Margate), but the McWalk begins promptly at 1pm. Sign up in advanced for a $20 donation and $25 the morning of the walk. Kids are $10 and children under 12 are free.

One hundred percent of all proceeds will benefit the South Jersey Cancer Fund. Prizes, raffles, food, music, kids bounces, and more will be available throughout the day. An after party, in celebrating of Patti, will be held at Margate Log Cabin. For more information contact

Gaming Executives Assist In Second Annual Charity Basketball Game @ ACHS

Monday, April 7th, 2014

ATLANTIC CITY — On Tuesday, April 8, the Greater Atlantic City Chamber will have home court advantage when executives and employees from Atlantic City casinos and local businesses play in a basketball tournament at Atlantic City High School, 6-9pm, to benefit the Atlantic City Day Nursery — an establishment founded in 1906 to provide a safe, developmentally appropriate environment for children ages birth-to-six that promotes each child’s social, emotional and cognitive development. The program will also feature Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian. 119056-4

“We created this event last year as a way for the casino employees to let off a little steam and build camaraderie during a friendly game of basketball,” says AC Linen Supply CEO Eric Goldberg, presenting sponsor of the event. “Now, with the backing of the Greater Atlantic City Chamber this year, it has turned into a full blown tournament that features players from several Atlantic City casinos and local businesses. All of the players and local celebrities were very eager to help fundraise for a local charity.

“This year, we’ve chosen the Atlantic City Day Nursery [] as our beneficiary,” adds Goldberg.  “Funds raised at this year’s basketball game will help to provide quality childcare and education for infants, toddlers and pre-kindergarten age children.”

Attendees will be eligible for fantastic raffle prizes that will be given out throughout the evening including hotel stays, gift certificates and more.  The winning team will take home a championship trophy and the honor of being named champion of the 2nd Annual Charity Basketball Tournament.

Caesars Entertainment is the other presenting sponsor. Dream Team sponsors are Revel Atlantic City and Cooper Levenson Attorneys at Law. Supporting sponsors include Kisby Lees Mechanical, Junior’s Donuts & Dogs in Margate and WZXL Radio.

Tickets can be purchased at for $2 or at the door beginning at 5pm.  The event will take place from 6-9 the Atlantic City High School gymnasium. Teams from Borgata, Caesars and Revel have already been established.  For sponsorship information, or to donate a raffle prize, contact Elisa Monroe at (609) 345-4525, ext. 102.

Marine Mammal Stranding Center to Second Annual Host 5K Benefit

Monday, April 7th, 2014

By Kaitlin Montague
ATLANTIC CITY — On Saturday, May 3, the Marine Mammal Stranding Center is hosting its second annual “Run for the Animals” 5K. The Marine Mammal Stranding Center is a private non-profit organization that was founded in 1978 by Robert Schoelkopf, still current director, with just a few volunteers to help achieve his goals. Currently he and his wife, Sheila Dean, along with small paid staff, continue to work with the animals in need. The Stranding Center is currently located on the barrier islands of Brigantine, which contains New Jersey’s largest wildlife safe haven, though it was originally based in Gardner’s Basin in the inlet section of Atlantic City.marine-mammel-strandiung-center-300x225

Currently, the Center has responded to over 3,900 strandings including whales, dolphins, seals and sea turtles that have washed ashore in this area over the years since its foundation. Although the Center is only responsible for strandings in New Jersey, it is occasionally asked to aid in the rescuing of animals in other states, as well. Since the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in a non-profit organization, most of its funding derives from donations, grants, memberships and fundraisers like this “Run for the Animals” 5K.

All proceeds for the event will benefit the Marine Mammal Stranding Center. Check in for the event is from 7-8:45am at Laguna Grill in Brigantine. There is a $28 registration fee that will include the run and a tee shirt. Register at Activities will take place after the race: awards, a silent auction, music, face painting, games and arts and crafts.

Because running isn’t appealing to all, there is also a one-mile dog walk on the beach and a pet parade that will benefit Beacon Animal Rescue. The registration fee is $10 and the dog walk will commence at 9:30am at the Laguna Grill. Register at Pets should be dressed to impress for the parade! For questions about either event, please call (609) 266-0538.

Seal Day at Marine Mammal Stranding Center

Monday, April 7th, 2014

acw_sealMMSCThe Marine Mammal Stranding Center (MMSC),  in Brigantine will celebrate “Seal Day” on Saturday, April 12, 10am-3pm.

There will be guided tours of the rescue and rehabilitation facility along with educational demonstrations and arts and crafts activities for the kids.  There will also be screenings of videos documenting the Center’s founding and present-day work with marine mammals and sea turtles.

Have your photo taken with The Center’s animated mascot “Lu-seal.”

The event is free but donations are welcome. For more info go to the MMSC Website.

RPOST Program Brings Assistance to Still-Suffering Sandy Victims

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

1377373ATLANTIC COUNTY, N.J. — Large numbers of South Jersey residents are still facing a host of challenges related to Superstorm Sandy. Some families are not back in their homes and financial stability is difficult when trying to pay for a place to live while continuing to pay for damaged property. Additionally, other residents are coping with disorders that may have existed before the storm and are now exacerbated from stress resulting from Sandy’s devastation. What may seem difficult or stressful to some individuals may be insurmountable to people who already face challenges due to their personal circumstances.

The Mental Health Association in New Jersey offers a program called RPOST — Recovery Peer Outreach Support Teams, which provides case management specifically to help Sandy survivors in Atlantic and Ocean counties who are in vulnerable populations. This includes seniors; individuals who have physical, mental, and developmental disabilities; members of single-family households; and individuals where a language barrier is present. Comprised of trained advocates who provide case management services, the RPOST program is made possible through generous grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Red Cross. 1558432_686144174759485_1412067651_n

“It’s all about community collaboration and partnership, as well as a passionate commitment to help,” said Jaime Angelini, Director of Consumer Services for the Mental Health Association in Atlantic County.


Ruth Newman Shapiro Cancer & Heart Fund Wine-Tasting Event at Sofia April 1

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

1970883_710073532369832_562408986_nMARGATE, N.J. — Come taste wines from around the world along with some delicious appetizers tonight — Tuesday, April 1 — at Sofia Restaurant ( in Margate (9314 Amherst Ave.). The event is from 6-8pm and is $25 per person. 1898060_10153897556865392_1397858072_n

The wine-tasting event benefits the Ruth Newman Shapiro Cancer & Heart Fund (, which has raised and given back to the community over $12 million to provide the finest facilities and equipment for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer in the South Jersey region. Contact Roe at (609) 822-1596 or e-mail for more information.

Fourth Annual Seashore Gardens 5K Run & Health Walk is April 27 at Resorts

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

ATLANTIC CITY — The fourth annual Seashore Gardens 5K Run and Health Walk will take place Sunday, April 27, on the Boardwalk at Resorts.

This year WOND radio and NBC-TV 40 personality Barbara Altman will be the Honorary Race Director. The race starts at 9am, with day-of-race registration starts at 7:15am. Advanced registration is $25 and day-of-race registration is $35. Go to and click the link at the top to register in advance. seashore5k

Proceeds from this event will benefit residents of Seashore Gardens Living Center. Parking will be free from 7am to noon at Resorts’ self-parking lot, located on North Carolina Avenue. T-shirts and post-race refreshments will be given to all pre-registered participants. This year’s event is dedicated in loving memory to Jane Hoopes, our dear friend and loyal supporter.

Resorts will be offering special room rates for participants. Prizes for winners will include a one-year membership to Tilton Fitness and Wellness, an overnight stay with dinner at Resorts, and more. For more information regarding the race, please contact race director Antonio Tronco at or (609) 748-4615. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Sharon D’Angio at or (609) 748-4614.

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CASA of Atlantic and Cape May Counties Hosts Go Blue For Casa Event

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

SOMERS POINT, N.J. — CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for children of Atlantic and Cape May counties will recognize Child Abuse Prevention Month with a Go Blue for CASA event on April 10 from 6-9pm at the Atlantic City Country Club in Northfield.

casaThe event will include appetizers, performances by local musicians Ben Clayton, Yuni Sabatino, Geri Rizzo and John Oelkers, signature cocktails, and an auction filled with vacations, golf and dining and entertainment experiences. Participants are encouraged to come dressed down, in jeans or their bluest casual wear. All tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased online at or by calling (609) 601-7800.

Go Blue was created to help raise awareness of children living in foster care and the importance of CASA volunteers. Go Blue is part of a statewide CASA initiative to bring awareness to child abuse and the work of CASA volunteers to ensure these children find safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible. Proceeds benefit CASA for Children of Atlantic and Cape May counties.

“It seemed more than appropriate to hold a community awareness event during Child Abuse Prevention Month.” said CASA executive director Angie Waters. “We hope people will come out and have a good time and also learn how and why CASA volunteers help children living in foster care.”

In addition to the event, CASA is asking business and schools to participate in Go Blue for CASA Dress Down Day on April 4. Businesses or schools can participate by donating up to $5 to dress down or wear blue in support of children living in foster care. Those who want to participate in the dress down day should call (609) 601-7800 or e-mail

All funds raised will help children in Atlantic and Cape May Counties. Find out more by following CASA on and Twitter @CASA4Children, or visiting CASA’s trained volunteers speak on behalf of abused and neglected children in the foster care system and are dedicated to ensuring these children are placed in safe permanent homes as quickly as possible.

31st Annual Atlantic Cape Community College Restaurant Gala

Friday, March 14th, 2014

IMG_4669ATLANTIC CITY — The Atlantic Cape Community College Restaurant Gala, the region’s premier formal fundraising event, celebrated its 31st anniversary at Bally’s on Thursday, March 13.

IMG_4664Over the past 30 years, the Gala has raised nearly $3 million for scholarships at the Academy of Culinary Arts and to support educational endeavors at Atlantic Cape Community College.

The Gala featured a vintage carnival atmosphere and spectacular feast, celebrating food with hors d’oeuvres prepared by students at the Academy of Culinary Arts and the house specialties of 40 of the area’s best restaurant, plus a dessert reception.IMG_4682

Music was provided by Don’t Call Me Francis, The FM Band and Lenny Mitchell. Ice sculptor Peter Slavin, an Academy of Culinary Arts graduate and owner of Fear No Ice Philly, performed during the cocktail reception.