OceanFirst Foundation Donates $38,000 Through Home Runs for Heroes

Total donations reach $376,000 in 11 years of the program

By Lakewood BlueClaws | September 26, 2019 2:53 PM

LAKEWOOD, NJ - OceanFirst Foundation donated $38,000 to area non-profit organizations and military-based programs through the 2019 Home Runs for Heroes Program. The program is a partnership between the BlueClaws, OceanFirst Foundation, and Townsquare Media. 

"We are honored to once again partner with the OceanFirst Foundation for this amazing program," said BlueClaws Team President Joe Ricciutti. "Our men and women of the military, both veterans and active, risk their lives to keep us safe here at home. This program is a great way to give back and we thank OceanFirst Foundation for their support."

"The 2019 season was a great success and we're delighted that BlueClaws home runs resulted in $38,000 of donations by OceanFirst Foundation. This brings our eleven year total awarded through Home Runs for Heroes to $376,000. We thank the BlueClaws organization and Townsquare Media for giving us the opportunity to work together to bring much needed relief to local military families with special needs," said Katherine Durante, Executive Director of OceanFirst Foundation.

Home Runs for Heroes grants provide financial support to charities that meet the emergency basic needs of veterans and local service men and women - active and retired - and their families during difficult times. Non-profits were paired with each inning of the game and each BlueClaws home run hit at FirstEnergy Park meant a $1,000 donation to the charity (or charities) corresponding with the inning in which the home run was hit.

The program has now completed 11 seasons and raised $376,000 towards different organizations. See the full 2019 donation table below: 

Organization Inning Home Runs Total
Cape May Coast Guard 1st 1 $1,000
American National Red Cross / GI Go Fund 2nd 3 $3,000
Deborah Heart & Lung Hospital Foundation / Vetgroup 3rd 3 $3,000
Chariot Riders / National Guard State Family Readiness Council 4th 1 $1,000
Army Emergency Relief / Navy Marine Corps. Relief Society 5th 5 $5,000
Jewish Family and Children's Service of Southern NJ / Catholic Charities (Trenton)   6th 1 $1,000
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8867 (Brick) / Operations 1st Response 7th 2 $2,000
Lt. Dennis Zilinski II Memorial Fund 8th 3 $3,000
Citizens Veteran Advisory Committee 9th + Extras 4 $4,000


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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 meet their financial needs has spanned several generations, reaching new heights in 1996 with the creation of OceanFirst Foundation. The Foundation provides grants to organizations that meet community needs within the OceanFirst market. Since its inception, OceanFirst Foundation has contributed in excess of 7,500 grants totaling more than $39 million to over 900 local charities throughout central and southern New Jersey.

- BlueClaws / OceanFirst -

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