Posted by: Drew | May 13, 2008

Sunday, May 18, 2008 Beachside Family Fun in Sea Bright


Sandy Hook, NJ Clean Ocean Action’s (COA) annual seaside fundraiser,

Family Beach Ball for the Ocean, will be held on Sunday, May 18, 2008, from

3-7 p.m. at the Ship Ahoy Beach Club in Sea Bright, NJ.  Over 300 families from across the region will gather to celebrate COA’s ocean protection efforts.

“As people are now becoming more aware of environmental issues, it is important for them to know that everyone can participate in some way to make this planet healthier and a better place to live for future generations.  The Beach Ball is just one way for our community to gather together and take action for the ocean.  Since the ocean covers most of this planet, its state of being should be of prime concern to us all.  Everyone can make a difference in some way,” said Louise Hall, Beach Ball Event Chair.

Guests will dance to the reggae music of Random Test and enjoy fresh fare by Gourmet Picnic of Fair Haven, Lusty Lobster of Highlands, and Fishermen’s Dock Cooperative of Point Pleasant.  Party-goers will also enjoy smoothies by Surf Taco Coastal Cuisine of Manasquan, desserts by The Flaky Tart of Atlantic Highlands and The Sweet Cow of Manasquan, and a tiki bar by Hunterdon Brewing Co. of Philipsburg and the Margarita Man of Monmouth County.  Volunteers will enjoy food donated by Butler’s Deli of Rumson.

The children’s activities are sponsored by Blue Tulip of Middletown, Look What I Can Do of Red Bank, and Matt Deibert Sand Creations of Brigantine.  Other fun at the upcoming Family Beach Ball includes a “Flip Your Lid Most Creative Hat Contest” for all ages, 50/50 raffle, and chance and silent auctions.  Unique prizes include beautiful jewelry by Tiffany & Co., a day for six at Ship Ahoy Beach Club, and catering packages by Gourmet Picnic, Lusty Lobster, and Ryan Parkes.

Event proceeds benefit Clean Ocean Action’s efforts to improve and protect the marine waters off the New Jersey/New York coast through research, education, and citizen action.  COA was founded in 1984 in direct response to the devastating ocean pollution events of the 1980s.  Today, COA is a coalition of thousands of citizens dedicated to safeguarding the ocean.  Currently, COA is engaging citizens and organizations in a campaign to stop the offshore ports for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) being proposed in the ocean off the NJ/NJ coast.  LNG is a polluting, climate-changing, foreign fossil fuel.  .

Beach Ball sponsors include: Artistic Tile, Inc., Tracy and Nick Brown, Hoagie Haven of Princeton, Medallion Financial Corp., Monmouth Memorial Park Cemetery Association, Ship Ahoy Beach Club of Sea Bright, Shore Point Distributors, Sperry Tents of Manasquan, Matzel and Mumford, Resources Real Estate, and Casey and James Wolfe.

The Beach Ball Committee Members include: Chair Louise Hall of Rumson; Barbara Bell of Lincroft; Tracy Brown, Linda Decelle, Penny Hermann, Nicky Kelly, Linda Lembeck, Claudia Lucey, Maureen MacNeal, Christine O’Rourke, Liz Thees, all of Rumson; Ingrid Justick of Neptune; Stevie Thompson of Guaranteed Plants & Florist, Locust; Marie Jackson and Carolyn Waters of Atlantic Highlands; Sue Weiss of Locust; and Marilyn Price of Middletown; and Patty Wolfe of Fair Haven.

The Family Beach Ball for the Ocean is rain or shine-under the big top.  Admission is $50 per adult and $25 per child under 12.

Tickets may be purchased online at using MasterCard/Visa.

For more information, contact Emily Hackett, COA’s Programs Coordinator,

at (732) 872-0111 or


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