Barnegat Rotary Uses Pirate’s Day Proceeds for Hurricane Relief

Sep 20, 2017
Photo by: Ryan Morrill

With the many thousands of people enjoying a sun-splashed Pirate’s Day in Barnegat Township last Saturday, it wasn’t lost on some that people in other parts of the country are going through tough times due to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The summer-like day meant business was booming for people selling cool treats, and the Barnegat Rotary Club had continuous lines for snow cone customers.

“Profits from the sales are going to Harvey and Irma relief,” said Bill Ridgway, Barnegat Rotary president. “We also had a collection box. We raised around $1,200, and we’re looking to give monetary donations through Rotary contacts in Texas and Florida.”

It was the first Pirate’s Day for Bill Clanton Jr. as Barnegat Chamber of Commerce president, although he had certainly been involved with the event in previous years with the chamber. The day-long event in Barnegat’s downtown area is sponsored by the chamber and the township recreation department.

“From talking to the various vendors, they seemed very pleased with business,” he said.

Activities for the day included professional pirate re-enactment troupes, crafters and vendors, live bands, a Kids Zone of games and activities, food and a pirate-themed costume contest.

“I have to thank our recreation director, Jean Broadbent, for all she does in helping organizing this,” said Clanton, who is general manager and program director of WBNJ-FM. “It’s a huge undertaking as this event has grown so much over the years. I’m happy that a lot of people were happy about how the day went.”  —E.E.



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