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A FIELD GUIDE TO CENTRAL NEW JERSEY
A WRITER RETURNS HOME TO THE LAND OF FROZEN DRINKS, RED SAUCE, AND FIVE-HUNDRED-DOLLAR EYELASHES
Mary's Place by the Sea receives a gracious donation by Asbury Park Press
Bestselling novelist, Kristen Ashley and her Rock Chick Nation are raising funds through a t-shirt drive to support the vital work done by Mary's Place by the Sea. Click here for additional info.
Girl Scout troop #20510 of Cedar Grove is collecting donations for Mary’s Place By the Sea, a facility that supports women with cancer, from March 13 to April 7.
LOVE IS ON: Our Heartfelt Thanks!!!
With your support, $88,715 was raised through the 2016 REVLON “LOVE IS ON” CAMPAIGN for Mary's Place by the Sea! More women with cancer will be helped because of your generosity!
Through the Hard Hat Tours in April, to the room-by-room blessing in May to the Ribbon Cutting ceremony yesterday, we have walked 100's of supporters through our new home! We shed tears of joy and ask for your continued prayers for all who enter our home.
Please see the beautiful ribbon cutting article, video, and photo gallery from our friends at the The Asbury Park Press by clicking here.
CHASING NEWS: A Woman's Peace Of Mind
Mary's Place by the Sea is gearing up to open their brand new, state-of-the-art facility right around the corner from the old one. Check out the video below:
THE BEAUTY IS MORE THAN THE BUILDING: FIRST LOOK INSIDE THE NEW MARY’S PLACE BY THE SEA: from the BPlot
Seven years ago Michelle Gannon and Maria McKeon had a vision of what contemporary health and healing after a woman’s cancer diagnosis should be, beyond the enormous generic hospitals and treatment protocols.
New Mary's Place helps more women with cancer
OCEAN GROVE - Since 2009, Mary’s Place by the Sea has been a place where women with cancer could relax and recuperate from treatment.
Now, the Ocean Grove-based nonprofit is getting ready to open its new $2.7 million facility that will be able to accommodate about 375 more daytime guests and about 150 more overnight guests per month, said Michele Gannon, co-founder and president of the organization.
Cheers to Laurita Winery for making a difference in our Mary's Place by the Sea community! Their fall “Food Truck and Fire Pits” event efforts resulted in this meaningful donation. We recognize their generous spirits and support. (L-R, Bridget Gannon Smith of MPBTS, Maria McKeon of MPBTS, Laurita Winery Director of Marketing Kate Devine & Michele Gannon of MPBTS).
HOPE 8 and … AND EVEN MORE HOPE
CONCERTS RAISE OVER ONE HALF-MILLION DOLLARS FOR AREA CHARITIES
(RED BANK, NJ | JANUARY 20, 2016) “Hope 8” and “… And Even More Hope,” the December 23rd benefit concerts starring Bobby Bandiera, philanthropist and musician Jon Bon Jovi, Blondie’s Deborah Harry, John Cafferty, Gary U.S. Bonds, Tim McLoone and others at the Count Basie Theatre, raised more than one-half million dollars for its beneficiaries.
“We are delighted to have once again been a part of the Hope Concerts,” said Tom Widener, Chairman of the Count Basie Theatre’s Board of Directors and Trustees. “It was a great, fun night at the Basie and we could not be more grateful to all the supporters in the audience, as well as to Bobby Bandiera and all the other musicians who donated their time and talents.”
December 23rd marked the first time two HOPE concerts were held on the same evening. 180 Turning Lives Around and the VNA Health Group were named beneficiaries of the first show, earning each organization $136,581. The evening’s second show benefitted Mary’s Place By The Sea in Ocean Grove and netted $267,823 for the cancer respite center.
"We are beyond grateful to our friends Bobby Bandiera, Jon Bon Jovi, John Cafferty, Gary U.S. Bonds, Tim McLoone, Jim Celestino and the countless other musicians who gave their time and talents to create the ‘…And Even More Hope’ concert, said Michele Ganon, Founder and President of Mary’s Place. “You all make it possible for us to give HOPE to even more women struggling with cancer at Mary's Place by the Sea."
"The Hope 8 concert was an amazing way for 180 to end an incredible year,” said Anna-Diaz White, Executive Director of 180 Turning Lives Around. “Funds raised through this concert give us the critical dollars needed to get our new emergency shelter ‘Safe House’ up and running as soon as next month.
This means more survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Monmouth County get the services they need as we start the New Year. We thank Bobby Bandiera, Jon Bon Jovi and all musicians and concert goers who made this event possible."
“Visiting Nurse Association Health Group is enormously grateful for this generous gift that will be used to provide HOPE and compassionate care for New Jerseyans who might otherwise not access the health care services they need,” said Steven H. Landers, MD, MPH, President and CEO at VNA Health Group. “Thank you so much to everyone involved − the Count Basie Theatre board of trustees and directors, staff and volunteers, the performers especially Bobby Bandiera and concert attendees− for their extraordinary support, generosity and talent.”
In addition, $1 from every ticket from the early HOPE show, coupled with monies raised during an October effort on theBASIE.org, netted $16,000 for the theatre’s “Arts For All” initiative with the Red Bank Middle School.
"The Basie is a tremendous resource for this community,” said Jared Rumage, Superintendent of the Red Bank School district. “In our case, the students of Red Bank Middle School have received a comprehensive exposure to the arts as a result of our ongoing ‘Arts For All’ partnership with the theatre."
“The annual HOPE concerts are the best way I know to give back to a community that has given so much to me, and to many others,” said Bobby Bandiera, who organizes and leads the band at each HOPE show. “This year’s beneficiaries go a long way to make our area vibrant, safe and healthy, and that has always been the spirit of HOPE.”
Since 2003, Bandiera’s HOPE concert series has raised more than $3 million for myriad of local causes, including Red Bank’s Parker Family Health Center, ALS research, the Valerie Fund, HORIZONS Student Enrichment Program and the non-profit Count Basie Theatre itself.
Bandiera returns to the Count Basie Theatre as leader of the Jersey Shore Rock N’ Soul Revue’s Tribute to Roy Orbison on Saturday, April 23, 2016. Tickets are on sale now via theBASIE.org.
For more information on HOPE, the Count Basie Theatre or related events, please contact Jon Vena, Director Of Marketing and Public Relations, Count Basie Theatre at jvena@theBASIE.org or 732.242-8778 ext. 107.
Mary's Place By The Sea is currently featured in the article, "Nonprofits Assist Families Battling Serious Illnesses" on Macaroni Kid (UVPM: 525,992), which is a weekly online newsletter looking to help women engage more with their families.
Each month, New Jersey Monthly’s Social Datebook page features photos taken at various charitable events across the Garden State. The following snapshots were featured in the January 2016 The Way We Were issue.
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1. Bash Raises Funds For Women
Over 300 guests attended the OceanFront Bash, which raised $130,000 to benefit Mary’s Place By The Sea, a nonprofit that supports women during and after cancer treatment. There to enjoy the event were, back row from left, Mary Ann LaSardo and Karen Carolonza, board members; Dave Armstrong, board chairman; Jeanne Reichardt, treasurer; and Ginny Berkner, board member. Joining them were the two founders, front row from left, Michele Gannon, president, and Maria McKeon, vice president.
… AND EVEN MORE HOPE:
SECOND HOPE CONCERT ANNOUNCED FOR DECEMBER 23RD AT THE BASIE
(RED BANK | NOV. 11 2015) Bobby Bandiera and Friends have announced a second HOPE concert performance to take place on December 23, 2015 at the Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank. Bandiera, Southside Johnny Lyon, Gary U.S. Bonds and John Cafferty will perform, along with musician and philanthropist Jon Bon Jovi.
Dubbed “… And Even More HOPE,” money raised from this 9:30pm performance will benefit Mary’s Place By The Sea in Ocean Grove, whose mission is to support women during and after cancer treatment.
Tickets, priced between $50 and $500, go on sale this Friday, November 13th at noon through www.thebasie.org, phone charge at 732-842-9000 and the Basie box office, located onsite at 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank.
“…And Even More HOPE” marks the first time two HOPE concerts have been performed on the same evening. The 7pm performance will benefit the Visiting Nurse Association Health Group (www.vnahg.org) and 180 Turning Lives Around (www.180nj.org), with $10 from every ticket to that performance going towards the Count Basie Theatre’s ARTS FOR ALL initiative in the Red Bank Borough middle school.
Since 2003, the HOPE concerts have raised nearly $3 million for various charities in and around the Jersey Shore area.
For more information about HOPE 8, …AND EVEN MORE HOPE or other Count Basie Theatre events, please contact Jon Vena at 732-224-8778 x 107 or jvena@theBASIE.org
Live bidding on this The Richie Sambora SA-1 Model Guitar (The Sambora) ~ Autographed by Richie Sambora.
Please see the link below to participate! Proceeds to benefit Mary's Place by the Sea. http://app.eboostevents.com/events/register?c=MPS
Quincy Mumford & The Reason Why's
4TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY SHOW
The Stone Pony Asbury Park, NJ
December 18, 2015 Doors @ 7:30pm
Tickets are $12 general admission
Asbury Park Press Presents: Quincy Mumford & The Reason Why's 4th Annual Holiday Show to benefit Mary's Place by The Sea. Don't miss this amazing evening!
THE HUFFINGTON POST on Mary's Place by the Sea:
Making a Difference: The World of Giving
-- David v. Goliath Fight... Who Will Win a Million Dollars?
Every once in while a nonprofit organization comes along that melts my heart and has me hit the pause button on life to learn more. That is what happened when I learned about Mary's Place by the Sea and its effort to win Revlon's "Love is On" Million Dollar Challenge. READ THE FULL STORY HERE