Lakewood, NJ (October 12, 2019) – The Arc, Ocean County Chapter surpassed their fundraising goal of $35,000 and raised over $50,000 at the 19th annual Step Up for The Arc, Walk in the Park Family Fun Day on Saturday, October 12th at FirstEnergy Park, home of the Lakewood BlueClaws.
Participants walked the 1-mile concourse to raise awareness and funds for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Ocean County who participate in The Arc’s residential, vocational and recreation programs.
From 9:00am to 11:00am attendees moved and grooved to a Zumba lesson lead by Creative Cardio, played games to win prizes provided by PetSmart, enjoyed the musical entertainment of Applaud Our Kids, got their faces painted by Magical Moments, danced to DJ Gregg’s song mixes, and enjoyed appearances by Buster from the BlueClaws, and Woody and Unicorn from Magical Moments.
By utilizing the online fundraising website of CrowdRise, 42 fundraising teams generated over $29,000 in donations. The top team of The Arc Employment Center was rewarded with the spirit stick for fundraising over $5,600.
Local businesses showed their support with in-kind refreshment donations from Atlanta Bread, Bimbo Bakeries, Manhattan Bagel, Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks, Whole Foods, Herr’s Chips, Wegmans and Costco.
Thanks to the event sponsors who donated a total of $19,000, every dollar raised by our donors will directly benefit the programs and clients served. Sponsors include: FirstEnergy & JCP, Wawa Foundation, Advanced Auto, Corporate Synergies, Manasquan Bank Charitable Foundation, Gallagher Insurance, Causeway Family of Dealerships, Kelaher, Van Dyke & Moriarty, Wintrode Family Foundation, Central Ocean Rotary Club, Aquatherm Industries, ServPro of Manahawkin, Georgian Court University, Lakewood Elks Lodge, Adler’s Pharmacy, A+ Power washing and Roof Cleaning LLC, National Church Residences, Zarelli Site Services, Universal Janitorial Supply Corp., Doherty Enterprises, Thomas P. Frio, Ph. D, Perlmutter Family Shoprites , Bald Eagle Pharmacy, New Jersey Natural Gas, Silverton Funeral Home, Ron Rosetto Realty Group, Creative Financial Strategies, BlueClaws Charities, Jimmy’s Cucina & Chippy’s, The Mathis Family, ACCSES NJ Inc., Dennis’ Service Center, Cedar Management, Barina Automotive, Law Office of Robert of Brogan PC, The Lamb Family and Perma Pure LLC.
To view more photos from the 2019 Step Up for The Arc Walk please visit and follow The Arc, Ocean County Chapter’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/thearcoceancounty.