SHORE-TO-HELP

SHORE-TO-HELP is a New Jersey Shore based organization working to raise funds for local individuals and charities in need,
whether that be a needy family or a cause on a greater scale. We strive to monetarily help ease the burden wherever it is needed.

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Mission Statement

SHORE-TO-HELP is a New Jersey Shore based organization working to raise funds for local individuals and charities in need, whether that be a needy family or a cause on a greater scale. We strive to monetarily help ease the burden wherever it is needed.

Our group began meeting in November 2007 as a small number of community members organizing a Thanksgiving Day football game. What started as an innocent way to have fun with friends on a day otherwise reserved for family quickly turned into a real event! In 2009, we had gone from 20 players to around 50 players across four teams. In addition to the players on the field, we built a large following within the local communities and our first Turkey Bowl “Tail-gate” was organized by the player’s wives. It was at this time that we realized we had an opportunity to raise money for those in need in our local communities.

2009 was the first year we introduced a fund-raising component to our event and we raised $500 for the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. The goal for the group was to build upon the previous year so in 2010 we aimed higher and raised $8,500 for the Food Bank. At the same time we introduced our canned food drive sponsored by the children in our community. In 2011 the event blossomed to over 80 players with another 250 people on the sidelines and we had true organization around our “little” game. That year we sponsored the Family and Children Services of Monmouth County (www.fcsmonmouth.org) and were able to raise over $19,000 for the FCS. Last year our area experienced the worst natural event to hit our area in Superstorm Sandy. Although the storm was devastating, it galvanized our community and group. In 2012 we raised over $45, 000 that we donated to over 50 local families.

SHORE-TO-HELP's goal is to improve upon our prior year in both spirit of the event and the funds we raise. This year we are going to raise money for two local charities. The first is the Cole Porter Foundation. Cole Porter was a volunteer firefighter from Shrewsbury, NJ who died tragically in a biking accident in the Tour de Fair Haven cycling race. Cole leaves behind his wife Meg and two young daughters. Half of the funds this year will be raised for the Faye and Lilly Porter education fund. The second charity is the "Make Some Noise: Cure Kids Cancer" foundation in memory of beautiful 13-year-old Danielle Boyko of Lincroft, who passed away this June after a courageous battle with childhood leukemia. The "Make Some Noise Foundation (www.makenoise4kids.org) raises money for research and a cure for pediatric cancer. Research says that 1 out of 320 children in the US will be diagnosed with cancer. We can't think of two better causes to support this year and we hope you will participate in helping us raise money for these causes.


Board of Trustees

  • Kenneth L. Shaw Jr.

    President

    Kenneth Shaw resides in Monmouth Beach, NJ with his wife Danielle and their three children, Trey, Paige and Peyton.  Kenny and his wife were both born and raised in Monmouth County NJ. Kenny now is the President of K. Shaw Construction in Monmouth Beach, NJ.

  • Mark Gardner

    Vice President

    Mark Gardner resides in Monmouth Beach, NJ with his wife Sandi and their three children, Riley, Lilly and Summer.  Mark was born and raised in Malverne, NY while Sandi is from Spring Lake, NJ. Mark is a graduate of Villanova University in Villanova, PA and now is Foreign Currency trader for Credit Agricole in New York City.



  • Pat Van Wagner

    Board Member

    Pat Van Wagner resides in Monmouth Beach, NJ with his wife Jacki and their three children, Garrett, Leighton and Wyatt. Pat was born and raised in Monmouth County and is a graduate of University of Delaware in Newark, DE.  Pat is currently a product manager for Bloomberg L.P. in New York City.

  • Doug Wells

    Board Member

    Doug Wells resides in Monmouth Beach, NJ with his wife Kim and their daughter Raquel.  Doug was born and raised in Teaneck, NJ .  Doug was previously the general manager for Ray Catena Mercedes-Benz in Edison, NJ and is now a proud part-owner of Mercedes-Benz of Brooklyn. He is also an active member in many local charities.



  • Scott Madalone

    Board Member

    Scott Madalone resides in Monmouth Beach, NJ with his wife Nicole and their four children, Ryan, Tyler, Sam and Jack.  Scott was born and raised in Monmouth County and attended Brookdale Community College and has an associate’s degree in Business Management. Scott is currently General Manager of his family’s business, Premier Graphics in Atlantic Highlands, NJ.

  • John Ferone

    Board Member

    John Ferone resides in Monmouth Beach with his wife Meghan. He graduated from Mount Saint Mary's University and is now National Specialty Sales Manager with Henry Schein Dental.



  • Darren Spadavecchia

    Board Member

    Darren Spadavecchia resides in Monmouth Beach with his wife Koren and their three children, Victoria, Taylor and Teddy. Darren was born and raised in Monmouth County NJ and attended the University of Susquehanna of Selinsgrove, PA. He has a BS in Business Administration and a Masters in Education. He is currently a Special Education Teacher and head Soccer and Tennis coach at Monmouth Regional High School in Tinton Falls, NJ.

  • Homeira Walter

    Treasurer

    Homeira Walter was educated solely in the United Kingdom and began her professional career with the BBC London and then CNBC in the U.S. She then went on to an extensive career with Bloomberg, L.P. in New York and retired in 1999 to begin her family. Since then, she has become very active in her community and has served on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations. Homeira currently runs a small interior design business from her home.

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We are here to HELP local SHORE families.

35 Beach Road, Monmouth Beach, NJ 07750

(732) 222-1884

shore-to-help@shore-to-help.org

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7th Annual Monmouth Beach Charity Turkey Bowl - Thursday November 28th, 2013

Are you ready for some football?!

Okay boys its fall and November is fast approaching. That means it is time to dust off the cleats, stretch out the hammies and brush up on your trash-talking because it’s time for the 7th Annual Monmouth Beach Turkey Bowl! A lot has happened with our "little" event since last year and I want to bring you up to speed but I first want to give everyone a recap of what we have accomplished to date.

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7th Annual Monmouth Beach Turkey Bowl - November 28, 2013

posted on Monday, November 11, 2013

Are you ready for some football?!

Okay boys its fall and November is fast approaching. That means it is time to dust off the cleats, stretch out the hammies and brush up on your trash-talking because it’s time for the 6th Annual Monmouth Beach Turkey Bowl! A lot has happened with our "little" event since last year and I want to bring you up to speed but I first want to give everyone a recap of what we have accomplished to date.

As we all know OUR game is only 6 years young and it has made a ridiculous impact on our community while at the same time provided us a great way to start the Thanksgiving Day holiday. Last year's event was by far our finest. We had over 85 players across 6 teams. Like the NY Giants of 2007 and 2012, the wild-card team of Occupy Bar Stool won three consecutive road games to take the coveted trophy!! In the end the event raised over $18,500 for the Family and Children Services of Monmouth County and collected over 500 lbs. of food for the Food Bank of Monmouth County. Funds were raised via contributions from team members, corporate sponsorships and local donations from the sidelines. We guaranteed that local families in need had a better holiday because of YOUR contributions! Truly amazing!

In addition to the funds raised for those less fortunate, we once again showed our community how to truly throw a tailgate. We had over 200 "non-players" join the party and root on the teams from the side-lines. The pro-bono tail-gate run by the player’s wives was amazing and we expect this year's party to be even bigger! 

So now onto what transpired in the off-season. In an attempt to honor the generosity and spirit of this event and, more importantly, YOUR efforts, we decided to officially recognize this group. I would like to welcome each and every one of you to the SHORE TO HELP, Inc. Our new foundation which is a registered 501(c)(3) charity!! Formally organizing our group as an official charity is not something we take lightly but given the tradition YOU have helped build we thought it was the right thing to do. So what does this mean to us and our event?

As far as the game goes and your participation nothing has changed. The primary purpose is for everyone to participate by playing in the game, cheering on the sidelines, etc. That is what makes this whole group special. Now being organized as a charity does have some benefits that we want to list:

1.) As a registered 501(c)(3), all donations (personal and corporate) are fully tax deductible. This will be helpful in raising funds, especially from corporations!
2.) We can choose to distribute the funds to multiple organizations and groups. This means we can help more local families in need.
3.) Our organization, SHORE TO HELP, INC, will have ZERO administration costs so all funds raised will be distributed directly to families and organizations of our choosing!

We are in the process of designing our new web site. We hope to have it up and running the first week in November. Please check us out at www.shore-to-help.org in the coming weeks.

Lastly, I know how difficult times are these days and many of us don't have extra cash. Please don't let that stop you from playing, coming to the game and enjoying the tailgate. What makes this event better year after year is the people!

In closing I want to thank each and every one of you for making the 4th Thursday in November truly one of the best days of the year!! Please keep on the look-out for an email with a calendar of this year's event.