Home Runs for Heroes
The BlueClaws are pleased to once again partner with OceanFirst Foundation, 92.7 WOBM, and Beach Radio 1160 & 1310 for Home Runs for Heroes, a first-of-its-kind program that provides a financial donation to a local military-based charity each time a BlueClaws player hits a home run at FirstEnergy Park. 2017 is the ninth year of the program which, through 2016, raised $217,000 for charities that serve veterans and members of the United States military during times of need.
2016 Home Run / Fundraising Totals:
|Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski, II Memorial Fund||1st||3||$3,000|
|National Guard State Family Readiness Council||2nd||5||$5,000|
|Navy-Marine Relief Society||3rd||2||$2,000|
|GI Go Fund||4th||1||$1,000|
|Army Emergency Relief||5th||6||$6,000|
|Chariot Riders - Horses for Heroes||6th||4||$4,000|
|American Recreational Military Services (ARMS)||8th||4||$4,000|
|Vetgroup||9th + Extras||3||$3,000|
Each charity is paired with one inning of the game. Each time a player hits a home run, a charity is awarded $1,000 by OceanFirst Foundation.
Since its founding in 1902, OceanFirst Bank has built a solid reputation and legacy as a good neighbor and responsible corporate citizen. The Bank's strong commitment to helping families, organizations, schools and communities throughout central and southern New Jersey has spanned several generations reaching new heights in 1996 with the creation of OceanFirst Foundation. The Foundation provides grants to nonprofits and local schools that meet community needs within the OceanFirst Bank footprint. In 2017, OceanFirst Foundation will contribute more than $1.6 million to community initiatives and since its inception, more than $30 million in grants have been awarded to over 750 nonprofits throughout central and southern New Jersey.