The OceanFirst Foundation awarded $85,000 in summer camp scholarship grants to Southern and Central New Jersey charities. The scholarships will provide up to 340 youths with safe and fun summer camp experiences. 

OceanFirst Foundation Executive Director (center) Katherine Durante, presents representatives from eight southern NJ organizations with grants to help fund $250 Summer Camp Scholarships for local kids. (Photo Credits: OceanFirst Foundation)

21 southern and central New Jersey charities were awarded $85,000 in summer camp scholarship grants by the OceanFirst Foundation of Toms River, New Jersey. Executives from the foundation visited the Police Athletic League (PAL) in Egg Harbor Township, on Thursday, June 22, 2017 to award the grants which will enable participating partners to provide $250 camp scholarships to children in need of safe, affordable and fun camp programs.

"The 2017 summer camp season is upon us and we know that for many families it can be a challenge to afford engaging camp experiences. So we've partnered with some of the best nonprofits we know to help send kids to camp this summer. Campers will be able to experience everything from opera, art, and theater camps, to camps that focus on STEM, farming and New Jersey's coastal environment," said Katherine Durante, Executive Director of OceanFirst Foundation.

Masterpiece President Phyllis Lacca, OceanFirst Bank SVP Diretor of Marketing Cara Larned, Egg Harbor Township Mayor James J. "Sonny" McCullough and OceanFirst Foundation Executive Director Kathy Durante. (Photo credits: OceanFirst Foundation)

Also receiving grants in Southern Jersey were: Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City; Cape Assist (Wildwood); Girl Scouts of Central and Southern New Jersey (Cherry Hill); Levoy Theatre (Millville); New Jersey Audobon Nature Center of Cape May; Ocean City Arts Center and The Southwest Council (Vineland).

In Central New Jersey, charities that included grants were: American Littoral Society (Highlands); Boys & Girls Club of Monmouth County (Red Bank); Boy Scouts, Jersey Shore Council (Toms River); Boy Scouts, Monmouth Council (Morganville); Collier Youth Services (Wickatunk); Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore (Toms River); Grunin Center at Ocean County College (Toms River); Ocean County YMCA (Toms River); Ocean Partnership for Children (Brick); St. Francis Center (Long Beach Township); The Community YMCA (Shrewsbury); and Monmouth & Ocean Counties (Farmingdale).

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