Posted by: Drew | August 8, 2009

Stella Maris “Star of the Sea” To Shine at “Spirit of the Shore” Saturday, August 29, from 5-8pm

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace Honor Tim McLoone, the Jersey Shore’s Favorite Son at Benefit Event to Maintain this Treasured Landmark
Enjoy Seasonal, Local Cuisine, Cocktails, Live Music, & Dancing on Seven Acres of Seaside Beauty

Elberon, NJ (August 2, 2009) — The Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace and friends will host the “Spirit of the Shore”, a seaside celebration, honoring Tim McLoone, the Jersey Shore’s favorite son, at the magnificent Stella Maris Retreat Center in Elberon, New Jersey, on Saturday, August 29, from 5-8pm. There will be a liturgy at 4pm for those who would like to attend.

Jersey Shore’s Favorite Son Honored
The Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace are delighted to honor Tim McLoone at their third annual fundraiser. McLoone is a dedicated father, accomplished musician, athlete, and restaurateur. He is the founder of Holiday Express, a successful volunteer nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing the gift of music and holiday cheer to hospitals, nursing homes, homeless shelters, schools, and soup kitchens in the tri-state region. Through his generosity of time and talent, McLoone truly exemplifies the “Spirit of the Shore”.

“The Spirit of the Shore Committee is grateful for the opportunity to work on behalf of the Sisters to honor Tim McLoone, a special friend, who shares their mission of love, peace and charity,” said Jean (Gigi) Hager, Spirit of the Shore, Honorary Chairperson.

Join us for this exciting seaside evening of music, dancing, cocktails, and seasonal and local cuisine catered by d’jeet? of Red Bank with entertainment by BethAnne Clayton & the Power of 5. This New Jersey-based vocalist and her band, a favorite of Tim McLoone, is a shore crowd pleaser.

Fundraisers include a 50/50 raffle and an exciting “Try for Treasure” game of chance, featuring exclusive prize packages and gifts from local restaurants, theaters, sports packages, and more. Surprises in store!

Reserve your space today as seating is limited. Tickets are $100 and may be purchased by calling
Jeanne Beaudette at (732) 774-4276 or Stella Maris at (732) 229-0602. Donations, journal advertisements, and underwriting opportunities are also available. Contact Jean (Gigi) Hager at
(732) 693-3080 for more information.

Preserving Shore History
Once named The Sea Cliff Villa by its original owner, an Irish immigrant and New York City banker, Stella Maris represents the “stick style”, the first architectural style native to America. A portion of the building was the summer home to Ulysses S Grant. Current owners and caretakers, The Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, purchased the villa in 1941. An additional section of the property was acquired in 1963 transforming the location into a center for spiritual healing and reflection and a resource for local organizations, schools, and religious groups of all denominations.

Constructed in 1868, Stella Maris Retreat Center is a proud part of Monmouth County’s architectural heritage and exemplifies the area’s reputation as the “Queen of Resorts.” Today Stella Maris faces serious financial challenges to maintain its architecture, grounds, and programs. The preservation of this beloved building is essential to save a part of the Jersey Shore’s exciting history.

Through the generosity of friends and proceeds from the “Sprit of the Shore” event, The Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace hope to meet the challenges of maintaining this community jewel.

Grounds for Applause
The tented event will feature breathtaking views from a seaside cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Stella Maris boasts seven acres of gorgeous grounds that the Sisters have restored to their natural beauty using organic gardening techniques and plants native to the region such as the Rosa virginiana.

The result has been remarkable and their grounds now boast abundant vegetable and herb gardens, blooming memorial gardens, “bed and breakfast” bird feeders, and wild grasses, all attracting threatened species such as the monarch butterfly, purple martin, piping plovers, and more. The gardens serve as outdoor science classrooms for hundreds of school children from local schools, as well as a place of quiet reflection for those who visit.

The Center initiatives’ are award winning, including their Women’s Spiritual Renewal Retreats with special emphasis on spirituality, renewal, and contemporary spiritual issues. Waterspirit offers opportunities for all ages to become familiar with water issues, and Sisters of St Joseph of Peace are represented at the United Nations where they concentrate on environmental issues.

Each fall, Stella Maris also hosts a Memorial Mass on September 11th for people who have lost loved ones. Families are then invited to enjoy the grounds and memorial gardens, concluding the day with a release of butterflies into the afternoon skies.

Mission of Stella Maris
The Stella Maris Retreat Center, under the direction of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, is a haven of tranquility and enrichment that promotes understanding and appreciation of the interrelatedness of all creation. Throughout the year, the Center hosts and sponsors programs for groups and individuals of all faiths and cultures who seek holistic renewal in their daily lives.

For more information on Stella Maris’ programs contact: Stella Maris Retreat Center, 981 Ocean Avenue, Elberon, NJ 732-229-0602, website:


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