Press Release

For Immediate Release
Aug 7, 2012
Contact : Joyce McFadden, VP Marketing and Public Relations  
609-978-3108
JMcFadden@meridianhealth.com

Spray Beach Yacht Club raises over $37,000 for
Southern Ocean Medical Center’s Emergency Department expansion

 

Manahawkin, NJ -  Spray Beach Yacht Club (SBYC) recently held a successful silent auction to support the expansion of the Emergency Department at Southern Ocean Medical Center.  The event raised $37,641 thanks to the hard work of the committee and the generosity of the membership.  “This contribution takes us over the $7 million mark of our $10 million goal for our fund raising campaign to support the Emergency Department of the future says,” SOMC Foundation Vice-Chair Joe Mancini and chair of the Campaign. “We really appreciate the hard work that went into hosting event and the impressive results”

The SBYC auction committee was headed by Dorothy Hoey of Beach Haven Gardens, Diane Roy of Spray Beach, and Lorrainne Blazewicz of Long Beach Township who asked the members to donate a service, personal items, crafts, boat trips or a dinner party that could be bid on by the general membership.  The members of SBYC stepped up to the plate, and 130 items were placed up for bid.  

The auction event was night was filled with laughter, good food, and bidding strategies as SBYC members outbid each other for their favorite item. Past Commodore Joe Zindulis of North Beach Haven, dressed in top hat and tuxedo, served as Master of Ceremonies for the “Live” auction segment.  A whiskey cake made in honor of past member Rita Evert, well known throughout the club for her culinary skills, sold for $850.  Sea shell jewelry made by local artisan Frank Pearson sold in excess of $800.  There were gift baskets of wine, golf packages, spa packages ,many  local merchant donations, and one of a kind art scenes from local artists.  Some members offered carpentry skills, French lessons, dance lessons and even genealogy research.  Many members will be taking high bidders on boat rides to various restaurants on the waterfront.  

"Participants opened their wallets and hearts for this worthwhile event exceeding our monetary goal by more than five times the anticipated amount,” says Dorothy Hoey.  “Spray Beach Yacht Club has committed to continue the donations to SOMC Foundation for the next 5 years, and is looking forward to another successful event for the 2013 season.”

Phase One of the Southern Ocean Medical center emergency department is scheduled for completion in November of 2012 and Phase II, which completes the new facility, is scheduled for completion in June of 2013.  The new Emergency Department will be triple the size of the existing facility.  There will be dedicated areas for emergency behavioral health patients as well as a family friendly pediatric care center.

“We are eagerly anticipating this new facility which will change the way emergency services are delivered to our community, “says Joe Coyle, president of Southern Ocean Medical Center.  “The extraordinary efforts of our community as just exemplified by the Spray Beach Yacht Club are vital to helping us to provide a facility and team that will provide the very highest level of emergency care in a modern, comfortable, healing environment.  We are very appreciative of their contribution,” says Coyle.