Sea Girt Community Appeal begins push for donations

A few trustees of the Sea Girt Community Appeal met at the home of Margo Hooker on Tuesday to stuff envelopes, including [from left] Joan Blanchard, Ms. Hooker, Melissa Mastrorilli, treasurer Clark Lydic, Caitlin Accurso and president John Haran. PHOTO BY HOPE PATTI

SEA GIRT — For 57 years the Sea Girt Community Appeal has gathered annually to organize its traditional fundraiser for local charities. This year, trustees are stressing the importance of donating to charities that are struggling as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

“With COVID all of these charities are hurting,” Community Appeal President John Haran said, adding that many organizations are in need of donations to keep up daily operations. 

The appeal, Mr. Haran said, also serves as a much needed reminder to the community that there are local groups in need.


“I think anytime anyone can contribute to a good cause to help somebody else, it’s really very important,” trustee Joyce Cornelius said.

The Community Appeal streamlines the donation process for Sea Girt residents, with the appeal serving as a middleman between residents and charities.

Residents send donations to the appeal through their annual mailers, selecting which charity they would like to donate to. Residents may also write in a different charity of their choice, or indicate that they would like to distribute funds between charities.

The money is then added up by the appeal and a check is sent to each charity.

This year’s list of charities includes: Alzheimer’s Association, Greater NJ Chapter; Algonquin Arts Theatre; American Heart Association, Central Jersey Chapter; Boys/Girls Club of Monmouth County; Fulfill, formerly the Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties; Leukemia and Lymphoma Society; Michael’s Feat; NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation; Ovarian Cancer Research Fund; Salvation Army; and Friends of the Sea Girt Library.

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