Sign Up Today for the Operation First Response Walk for the Wounded Event on Sept. 28

Operation First Response will once again host its annual Walk for the Wounded event in Ocean City. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, September 28, and is an exceptional fundraising event to raise money for our wounded heroes.

This annual event is held every year on the Ocean City boardwalk to bring attention to the tens of thousands of soldiers returning home from service wounded and the resulting emotional and financial effects to these individuals and their family members. It’s also held to raise funds for these military heroes and help them with their medical bills and other financial obligations.

The three-mile walk will start at the Ocean City Music Pier and proceed to the end of the boardwalk at 23rd Street and then back to the Music Pier. Registration will unfold at 8:30 a.m. with the ceremony starting at 9:30 a.m. and the walk beginning at 10 a.m.

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Guest speakers will include Lieutenant Colonel Shoshannah B. Lane and Susan Price, a Gold Star mother. Both speakers will share their heartfelt stories with the crowd prior to the walk.

Live music will be offered by The Big Zebowski from 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Registered participants who raise at least $50 for Operation First Response will receive a free long-sleeve t-shirt. Those who register may do so solo or recruit a team of friends, family members or co-workers to embark on the walk with them. 

Online registration is now open for the 11th Annual Walk for the Wounded event and you can sign up for this extraordinary event to benefit our wounded heroes and their families.

Don’t miss this wonderful event on September 28 to honor and help our military heroes!


Support Operation First Response While Enjoying the Day at Playland’s Castaway Cove (August 13)

Operation First Response has been hosting its annual Walk for the Wounded event in Ocean City since 2009. Every September, Operation First Response brings supporters together for the annual walk which raises money to support our wounded soldiers and their family members. Another event which helps to support this nonprofit organization is the Operation First Response Wristband Day at Playland’s Castaway Cove.

On Tuesday, August 13, from 1–4 p.m., Playland’s Castaway Cove will be selling $15 wristbands which provide for unlimited rides (excluding Gale Force) during this special event. All proceeds raised as a result of the wristband sales will go directly to Operation First Response in support of its mission to offer financial and emotional support to wounded military members and their families.

Don’t miss the opportunity to support Operation First Response on August 13 and be sure to reserve the date of Saturday, September 28, for the Annual Walk for the Wounded event.

5 Excellent Reasons to Attend the Dancing for Hailey Event in Ocean City on June 9

The Dancing for Hailey event is quickly approaching and will take place on Sunday, June 9, from 11 a.m.–1 p.m., on 8th Street between Ocean Avenue and Wesley Avenue. If you weren’t already planning to attend this fabulous fundraiser, you will definitely want to do so!

Here are five excellent reasons to attend the Dancing for Hailey event on June 9:

Dance in Honor of Hailey

Dancing for Hailey OC Noreasters and Participants Kerri J Photography (542x640)

The foundation for this extraordinary event is Hailey Parker, a brave 11-year-old girl who sadly lost her battle with Stage IV brain cancer in 2015. The Dancing for Hailey event was founded in memory of Hailey and in honor of her dedication to raising funds in the fight against cancer as she was going through this battle herself. Attendees come together each year in front of The Dance Place to celebrate the life of Hailey and raise money to fight childhood cancer.

Raise Money for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

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When participants attend the Dancing for Hailey event, the proceeds raised will support Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a Philadelphia-area childhood cancer nonprofit organization. In addition to benefiting Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, some of the proceeds will also go to support Ocean City resident Joy Geller, who is currently battling breast cancer and has been a longtime supporter of the Dancing for Hailey event.

Fun Activities for the Whole Family

Those who attend the Dancing for Hailey event this Sunday will enjoy hours of fun and family-friendly activities. In addition to a DJ-led dance party, participants will enjoy face painting, sweet treats, pizza, a silent auction, and shopping at various vendor tables. Wristband holders will also receive one hour of amusement rides at Playland’s Castaway Cove from 2–3 p.m. that day. It’s a great event for the whole family to take part in as there is something for everyone to enjoy at the Dancing for Hailey event.

Special Guests

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In addition to the fun activities mentioned above, Dancing for Hailey participants will get to hang out with special guests, including the Ocean City Nor’easters and the Ocean City Fire Department. The Ocean City Nor’easters will be showing off their moves while the Ocean City Fire Department will be hosting demos and greeting the crowd.

Come Together as a Community for a Great Cause

Dancing for Hailey Organizers and Volunteers Kerri J Photography (640x406)

Last, but certainly not least, the Dancing for Hailey event provides an excellent opportunity for the community to come together and honor the memory of a young girl who had so much love for Ocean City and the fun activities surrounding this shore town. In addition to dancing in Hailey’s memory, the community can help to raise funds to support childhood cancer research and help others battling this disease.

Don’t miss this wonderful event on June 9 in Hailey’s honor! If you’re unable to attend, please consider making an online donation on the fundraising page.

Photos credit: Kerri J Photography


Battle of the Badges in Ocean City to Benefit American Red Cross

Each year, the Ocean City Fire Department and Ocean City Police Department engage in a little friendly competition to encourage blood donations for the American Red Cross.

This year’s Battle of the Badges will take place on Thursday, June 6, from 10 a.m.–3 p.m., at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, located at 501 East 8th Street. Here’s how Battle of the Badges works: Individuals sign up to donate blood during this designated timeframe on June 6. When blood donors sign up, they will be able to choose which team they are rooting for, Ocean City firefighters or Ocean City police officers. The group of first responders which has the most individuals on their team wins the Battle of the Badges!

It’s easy to sign up to give a blood donation during the Battle of the Badges. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS for an appointment or register online at and search by entering the following sponsor code: oc battle of the badges.

Not only will your blood donation during the Battle of the Badges event help others in the community, but you’ll be able to cheer on your favorite first responders and grab a Battle of the Badges t-shirt, too.

Good luck to the Ocean City firefighters and Ocean City police officers in this friendly competition for a great cause!


Lemonade Stands and Annual Dancing for Hailey Event in Ocean City to Benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

Dancing for Hailey is an incredible fundraiser held in Ocean City each year to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and honor the memory of summer resident Hailey Parker.

This year’s Dancing for Hailey event will be held on Sunday, June 9, from 11 a.m.–1 p.m., in front of The Dance Place on 8th Street between Ocean Avenue and Wesley Avenue. This fabulous fundraiser brings the community together for a day of family-friendly activities, sweet treats from Yoasis, special guests (the Ocean City Nor’easters and Ocean City Fire Department showed up last year!), a silent auction, one hour of free amusement rides following the event, and, of course, dancing! The cost to attend is a suggested donation of $10, but all donations are greatly appreciated. All proceeds raised at the event will go directly to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.

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As a lead up to this popular and important fundraiser, lemonade stands will be held around town during Memorial Day weekend to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and add to the donations which will be raised on June 9. Two of the spots you can visit on Saturday, May 25, for a glass of lemonade in honor of Hailey and to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation include the Acme at 8th Street and West Avenue from 9–11 a.m. and at Local Gym and Fitness, located at 908 Asbury Avenue, at 11 a.m. And, be on the lookout for other lemonade stands in Ocean City as you travel throughout town on Memorial Day weekend.

This fundraising event is held to honor Hailey, an 11-year-old girl who was diagnosed with Stage IV brain cancer in 2015 and sadly lost the battle with the disease later that year. This young fighter was determined to do something for other children who were going through the same thing. Upon learning of her diagnosis, Hailey set up a lemonade stand in her yard to raise money for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a Philadelphia-area nonprofit organization dedicated to the fight against childhood cancer in the name of its founder, Alexandra “Alex” Scott, who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma as an infant and passed away in 2004 at the age of 8 years old.

Both Hailey and Alex were true proponents in the fight against childhood cancer and wanted to do what they could for other children going through this as well. Today, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation continues the work of Alex just as the Dancing for Hailey event and other fundraising events honor Hailey’s memory by raising money to be used in the fight against childhood cancer.

Stop by one or more of the lemonade stands set up throughout Ocean City this weekend to buy a cup of lemonade and support Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. And, be sure to mark Sunday, June 9, down on the calendar to attend Dancing for Hailey in honor of her memory and to raise additional funds to help in the battle against childhood cancer.

To learn more about Dancing for Hailey and/or to make a donation, visit the fundraising page today!


Happening Tonight: Ocean City PBA 61 Fundraiser at DiOrio’s Circle Cafe

Make plans to attend the Ocean City Police Benevolent Association (PBA) Local 61 fundraiser tonight at DiOrio’s Circle Café in Somers Point and help raise money to support the Ocean City PBA.

The fun unfolds at DiOrio’s tonight, Saturday, April 6, from 6–9 p.m., and is an excellent way to help the Ocean City PBA Local #61 to raise money to support many wonderful community efforts, including scholarships for local students and events to support the community.

Tickets are $25 per person and the price includes draft beer, wine, food offerings, plus the opportunity to take part in raffles and purchase 50/50 tickets. If you don’t have your tickets yet for tonight’s event, don’t worry, as tickets will be available at the door.

Spend the evening at DiOrio’s enjoying excellent food and beverage offerings and helping to raise money to support Ocean City PBA Local 61 and all that this wonderful organization does for the benefit of the Ocean City community.

3rd Annual Comedy for a Cause at Josie Kelly’s Public House to Benefit Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation (March 23)

On Saturday, March 23, at 7 p.m., gather with friends at Josie Kelly’s Public House in Somers Point for the 3rd Annual Comedy for a Cause event to benefit the Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation.

The doors open at 7 p.m. and attendees will be treated to an evening of comedy for a great cause. The hosts and performers of the night will be comedians Michael Brooks and Brad Trackman. Tickets are $35 per person, which include two hours of live comedy and 20% off of all food purchases. Proceeds raised from the evening’s event will go to support the Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation.

Tickets are now available online. Grab yours today and plan to spend Saturday night at Josie Kelly’s Public House raising money for this wonderful local organization.

Josie Kelly’s Public House in Somers Point to Host Event and Raise Money for St. Baldrick’s Foundation

It’s wonderful when a local restaurant opens and offers excellent food and drinks for the public to enjoy. It’s even better when that restaurant supports the community and wonderful causes by hosting exceptional events, such as what Josie Kelly’s Public House in Somers Point is doing with their St. Baldrick’s Foundation event.

The team at Josie Kelly’s Public House recently announced that they would be raising money for St. Baldrick’s Foundation in the coming weeks and will complete this fundraising effort with a special event on Wednesday, April 17, from 5–8 p.m. Individuals can sign up for a fundraising team, raise money and then have their head shaved at the event on April 17. Other ways to help out include making an outright donation, volunteering and attending the event in mid-April.

Whether you donate online, volunteer for the event or shave your head on April 17 for a great cause, you are helping children in their battle with cancer and making a difference more than you could possibly imagine.

Keep checking back to OCNJ Happenings for further details as the event date approaches and visit the Facebook page of Josie Kelly’s Public House for additional information and updates.

Support Local Charities and Organizations on This Giving Tuesday (Nov. 27)

The Tuesday after Thanksgiving is known as Giving Tuesday, a day where individuals come together to support their favorite charities and nonprofit organizations. Although it’s important to give, when able, throughout the year, having this one day specifically dedicated to helping others is a wonderful concept.

Although individuals may have a specific charity in mind, which may even be located across the country (or even the globe), it’s important to note that there are plenty of local charities which you may wish to add to your Giving Tuesday donation roster on November 27.

Waves of Caring

Ocean City-sanctioned charity Waves of Caring is a local entity in which one might want to donate to this Giving Tuesday. Each year, Waves of Caring collects toys for Ocean City families in need, to ensure that local families are taken care of during the holiday season, a time when money may be tight and gifts are difficult to manage. The annual toy drive is just one of the ways in which Waves of Caring lends a hand to the local community. The organization also accepts monetary donations to help the charity achieve its goals. Find out how you can donate to Waves of Caring on Giving Tuesday, and throughout the holiday season, by contacting the Ocean City Neighborhood and Social Services office at (609) 525-9288.

Humane Society of Ocean City

The Humane Society of Ocean City is another local nonprofit organization which could use a helping hand on Giving Tuesday. The no-kill animal shelter, located at 1 Shelter Road, accepts online donations, in-person contributions and pet product and food donations. Lend a paw to the cats, dogs and other furry friends at the Humane Society of Ocean City this Giving Tuesday.

Ocean City Ecumenical Council

The Ocean City Ecumenical Council, a 501(c)(3) organization, offers many ways in which to donate and help the local residents of Ocean City. Two of the ways include the Clothes Closet, which accepts donations of new and gently used clothing items, and the Food Cupboard, which collects food donations and distributes the items to those in need. Those who would like to support the efforts of the Ocean City Ecumenical Council may also make a direct monetary donation.

Ocean City Firefighters Foundation

The Ocean City Fire Department holds a number of charitable events throughout the year in order to raise money for its Foundation Fund, a fund which is used to help local organizations and charities achieve their individual goals. By making a donation directly to the Ocean City Firefighters Foundation Fund, donors can help the firefighters aid local entities in a number of ways. To learn more about how you can donate to the Foundation Fund, contact the fire department via the non-emergency number at (609) 525-9182.

Community FoodBank of New Jersey – Southern Branch

The Community FoodBank of New Jersey – Southern Branch operates on the mission to fight hunger and poverty in New Jersey and help those in need. This Giving Tuesday, the Community FoodBank of New Jersey (both the Northern Branch and Southern Branch) will be matching every donation received. Therefore, instead of having every $1 donated equal 3 meals, every $1 donated will equate to 6 meals being made available to those in need. Donate on Giving Tuesday and see your generous donation matched!

Support local charities and nonprofit organizations in the Ocean City area this Giving Tuesday!

Ways to Lend a Hand This Holiday Season in Ocean City and on the Mainland

The holiday season is upon us and in addition to many opportunities to take part in fun and festive events, there are also a wide array of ways to lend a hand to those in need. Many local Ocean City and mainland shops, restaurants and organizations are finding ways to give back to the community and requesting help from residents and visitors in this wonderful quest for charitable giving.

Here are some ways in which you can lend a hand this holiday season and make someone’s day a little brighter:

Thanksgiving Food Drive at Omega High-Impact Print Solutions in Egg Harbor Township to Benefit the Community Food Bank of New Jersey-Southern Branch and the Humane Society of Ocean City (Through Nov. 21)

Omega High-Impact Print Solutions, located at 6726 Delilah Road in Egg Harbor Township, is holding a Thanksgiving Food Drive to acquire food donations for the Community Food Bank of New Jersey – Southern Branch to help local families in need and food and pet product donations for the furry residents of the Humane Society of Ocean City. The list of items needed can be found on the Omega High-Impact Print Solutions Instagram page and the donation drive runs through November 21.

For those who wish to support the Humane Society of Ocean City even more, grab your tickets today for the Silver Paws Holiday Fur Ball at the Flanders Hotel on Saturday, December 1, from 6–10 p.m., and take part in the Fast and Furriest Turkey Trot along the Ocean City boardwalk on Thursday, November 22, from 8–11 a.m. All proceeds raised from both events will go directly to benefit the Humane Society of Ocean City.

Coat Drive at Tubbs Dog Wash in Somers Point (Through Nov. 30)

Tubbs Dog Wash is lending a hand this holiday season by collecting coat donations at their Somers Point location. All coats are being collected in support of the Somers Point schools and can be dropped off at 31 Mays Landing Road. While you’re there, make an appointment to get your pup spruced up for the holidays!

Warmth for Winter, Coat and Blanket Drive at Ocean City Board of Realtors (Through Nov. 21)

The Ocean City Board of Realtors, located at 405 22nd Street, is hosting the Warmth for Winter, Coat and Blanket Drive to collect new and gently used coats, blankets, snow boots, hats, scarves, gloves and more, which will be donated to the Ocean City Ecumenical Clothes Closet. In addition, monetary donations are being accepted and will be used to purchase needed items to provide the gift of warmth to individuals in the local community.

And, after the Warmth for Winter clothing drive has finished, be on the lookout for the Ocean City Board of Realtors Annual Waves of Caring Holiday Toy Drive to unfold (more details to follow once they are announced!).