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SEA GIRT — Trustees of the Sea Girt Community Appeal gathered Tuesday, July 18, to discuss last year’s fundraising accomplishments. In the 2016-2017 campaign, the community appeal collected $42,471 donated by 223 residents to various charities. Since the 2015-2016 term, the appeal has seen a 10 percent increase of donors. Since its founding, the appeal organization has served as a convenient channel for borough residents who wish to donate money to several charities of their choice. Over the 58 years the appeal has been active, the organization has raised a total of $950,000. The community appeal distributes 97 percent of contributions it receives directly to charities specified by donors, with its only expenses being the costs of sending letters to residents and other accounting fees. This year’s stuffing party will be August 9, where volunteers will prepare letters that will be sent to all Sea Girt residents. In these letters, residents will list the foundation[s] they would like to support, sending this back to the Sea Girt Community Appeal, P.O. Box 105, Sea Girt, NJ 08750. Each letter sent back should include a check with the appropriate amount donated. At Tuesday’s meeting, Sea Girt residents Ally Stevens and Caitlyn Accurso were welcomed as trustees on the board, agreeing to a two-year term with the trustees. This year the community appeal will be seeing off one of its long-time volunteers, John O’Grady, who has been on the board of trustees since 2000. The volunteers encourage any resident interested in joining the appeal team to do so by making an indication with their donation return.