BlueClaws Charities raises money throughout the year across various platforms such as special fundraising events like their Nine & Dine charity golf outing, BlueClaws jersey auctions, a nightly 50/50 raffle that is held at home games. At the conclusion of the season, money raised is distributed through a grant application process.
"We are very proud to support these outstanding Community Partner organizations," said BlueClaws Charities Executive Director Jim DeAngelis. "Not only are these groups on the ground helping the underserved in our communities, but we are pleased that all grant money stays local here in Ocean & Monmouth Counties."
Find the organizations and grant descriptions below:
American Cancer Society - To help fund rides to treatment for cancer patients, a free place to stay when a patient needs to travel for treatment, as well as free wigs for patients.
ALS Association of Greater Philadelphia - To help subsidize our Care Services Program that offers programs and services to families living with ALS at no cost and who live in the surrounding communities of BlueClaws Charities.
Alzheimer's Association Greater New Jersey Chapter - To support youth in our area who are experiencing Alzheimer's in their family.
The Arc, Ocean County Chapter - To support the general operating budget of the agency in order to continue to provide and support 1,500 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Ashley Lauren Foundation - To assist children with cancer and their families through direct family financial assistance.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County - To fund current community mentorship programs.
Jersey Shore Council, Boy Scouts of America - To provide direct support to our Scoutreach (youth at risk) Cub Scout pack at the Clark Elementary School in Lakewood, New Jersey.
Brodie Fund - To financially assist families with pets fighting cancer.
Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey - To help defray the cost of criminal background checks completed on all volunteers prior to assignments.
David's Dream & Believe Cancer Foundation - To provide direct financial aid to New Jersey families affected by cancer during the holiday season.
Dottie's House - To offset the cost of a backflow repair at the facility.
Easterseals New Jersey - To ensure the continuation of employment services programs featuring skills evaluation, resume building, interview skills in addition to placing our participants into jobs within the community.
Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore - To purchase a storage shed to allow the robotics team to store their robot and its components.
Go4theGoal - To support our Kart 4 Kids program in local hospitals that will bring smiles to kids battling cancer.
Guidinglight House Inc. - Fund housing and program services to female veterans transitioning out of the military.
HABcore Inc. - To help fund the supportive services program component of HABcore's Rapid Re-Housing Program in Ocean County.
JAR of Hope - To bring awareness directed to finding a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
JF Party Dragon - To purchase food for those in need in Ocean County.
Kids Need More - To enhance the lives of children, families, and young adults coping with cancer and life-threatening illness.
LADACIN Network - To support our Child Care and Preschool program which integrates children with and without disabilities.
Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski Memorial Fund - To assist our organization in its mission of aiding and assisting our wounded warriors and their families.
Mya Lin Terry Foundation - To support our Friends of Michael Campaign, sibling support of oncology children.
NJ TEARS Foundation - To provide assistance to families who have lost a child due to pregnancy or infant loss or sudden loss of a school-aged child in New Jersey with programs offered through our Center for Child Loss in Wall.
Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity - To support elderly neighbors in their progressing age and the infirmities that often come with it by providing safety-related maintenance (such as grab bars and wheelchair ramps) and other home repairs necessary to alleviate structural violations, serious health issues, and code violations.
Ocean County Family Support Organization - To offset the costs of trips for our Youth Partnership Program.
Ocean County Shrine Club - To purchase surgical hardware to scoliosis patients at Shriners Hospital for Children, Philadelphia, specifically, metal instrumentation including, but not limited to, surgical rods and cages used in spinal fusion implant procedures to straighten severe curvatures.
Ocean's Harbor House - To provide housing for homeless, abused, neglected, and tossaway youth between the ages of 16 and 21, serving Monmouth and Ocean Counties.
Ocean Partnership for Children - To provide emergency fund for youth and famliies for immediate needs that cannot be secured at no cost or covered by Medicad or flex funds.
Piece of the Puzzle - To expand our special education curriculum for students with autism and developmental disabilities.
Parents of Autistic Children - To provide a challenger sports league designed to offer a socialization opportunity, through athletic participation, between disabled students and their typically developing peers.
Probation Association of New Jersey Education Fund - To foster and enhance educational/training opportunities for members of PA/NJ through the operation of an annual training conference.
Raising Hope for Others, Inc. - To offset costs of their August fundraiser.
RJM Sportsgroup - To provide support for students in the Jackson school districts with scholarships.
Salvation Army of Ocean County - To support our weekly soup kitchen, which serves 50-100 meals per week.
Seabrook Village - To support the Library at Seabrook Village.
Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide - To support our Ocean County Youth Wellness Summit. This summit is specifically designed to provide students, school administrators, and school staff with the necessary resources needed to encourage and support overall wellness, including the prevention of teen suicide and other upstream prevention measures.
Tom Giannattasio Jr. Memorial Fund - To provide scholarships for graduating high school seniors.
United Way of Monmouth & Ocean Counties - To purchase warm clothing for lower-income children.
USO of Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey - To provide funding for 2020 activities and events in support of the annual Month of the Military Child Celebrations throughout April.
BlueClaws Charities unveiled their 2019 Community Impact Report earlier this week. You can view the report by clicking here.
BlueClaws Charities is the official 501c3 of the Lakewood BlueClaws. The organization supports its Community Partners in Monmouth and Ocean Counties with cash grants and other organizations with in-kind donations throughout the year.
The Lakewood BlueClaws are the Jersey Shore's top stop for affordable, family entertainment. BlueClaws ticket packages and group outings are currently on sale by calling 732-901-7000 option 3 or online at BlueClaws.com. Opening Night of the 2020 season is on Thursday, April 16th.
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