POINT PLEASANT BEACH — Some six months since its inception, the Fisher Family Fund has made a notable impact in the borough working with organizations on about 10 community improvement projects.
Fisher Family Fund for Point Pleasant Beach, a $2 million endowment, provides financial support for 501[c] non-profits, schools and government organizations to support and create a vibrant future in Point Pleasant Beach while honoring its historical past.
The fund will support two types of grants, community grants [up to $5,000] and major grants [from $5,000 to $25,000]. The fund often splits funding with an organization to help out where they can.
Founders Steve and Sue Fisher said they are extremely happy with the fund and where it is headed.
“It’s been quite a bit for just six months,” said Mr. Fisher. “We’ve been super happy. It feels like it’s made an impact.”
These impacts can be seen in the borough in physical additions like newly added Welcome to Point Pleasant Beach signs as well as a refurbished sign for the Lake of the Lilies bird sanctuary.
There was a critical need to update the equipment and supplies used during Point Pleasant Beach’s annual summer camp, Mr. Fisher said, so the fund jumped in to provide tons of new equipment for campers.
The fund, along with the borough and school district, honored Point Pleasant Beach High School Class of 2020 with personal graduation banners displayed downtown.
“I thought it was a great idea because they’ve obviously not had the senior year that they had really deserved,” said Mr. Fisher. “We felt really good about that and it seems like people really love these banners.”
The fund will also help fund new town banners to be displayed later in the summer once the graduation banners are taken down.
The Fisher’s also partnered with the borough’s shade tree commission to offer a limited number of free street trees to Point Pleasant Beach property owners.
For education, it gave matching funds with the Point Pleasant Beach Public Education Foundation for a modern projection system in the gym and a trailer for the Parent Teacher Organization.
One of their most impactful efforts for the district included scholarships for graduating seniors.
Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 Point Pleasant Beach High School Fisher Scholarship. Each winner demonstrated academic excellence while overcoming adversity and was awarded a $5,000 scholarship.
Originally planning to give either one $10,000 scholarship or two $5,000 scholarships, the fund ended up giving four $5,000 scholarships to students who achieved academic excellence while overcoming adversity.
“We were just so blown away by these applications that we couldn’t pick just two so we ended up giving out four $5,000 scholarships because we were just so impressed,” said Mr. Fisher. “These kids are unbelievable.”
All this along with providing financial support to the Ocean County healthcare system and St. Mary’s by the Sea Episcopal Church to support their Emergency Food Program during the COVID-19 crisis.
“I think all of these things that we’ve helped fund are all fantastic things and it feels like we’re making a difference,” said Mr. Fisher.
He said the fund still has nearly $2 million in it and knows the fund will help for years to come. The Fishers’ already have more projects in the works to be announced in the coming months.
“The idea is that we give away a little every year but the fund, because we invest it, lasts forever,” said Mr. Fisher. “Hopefully in the next 200 years it all adds up and we can look back… and hopefully you can’t point to hundreds or thousands of little ways the fund made a difference to Point Beach.”
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