Thanks to All

Sep 27, 2017

To the Editor:

On Sept. 9, the NJ Maritime Museum held its annual fundraiser. It was particularly exciting this year since it was also a celebration of our 10th anniversary.

I like to think that we have improved this event each year, and this year was no exception. Thanks to Ocean Tents, our outside coverage was better than ever. Okie’s Butcher Shop not only provided the pig and pulled pork, but also added boneless chicken thighs this year in addition to salads and other food always provided.

Buckalew’s was there every step of the way for us, from the shrimp, beer and wine to countless other services. Tom Hughes and his staff at the Sea Shell once again put in hours in the kitchen to make us their delicious crab balls. Barry and Nichole Baxter from Barry’s Do Me A Flavor not only treated us to their fried green beans, but they also opened their ice machine to us. Acme Markets donated all of our desserts again this year, and Rita’s once again brought us three tubs of water ice.

Clammer Joe Haelig spent hours in the bay to provide us with enough steamed clams to make everyone happy. Giglio Awnings provided two weeks of our half-page ad on the back cover of The SandPaper. DJ Troy and his lovely wife, Shane, gave us a wonderful evening’s entertainment. JR DeBastos provided a Dumpster.

Regarding contributions from our local business community and the many individuals who make our auction prizes the envy of fundraisers near and far, we promise all that we will only ask them for donations once a year, and the response we receive from them is not only staggering but also very humbling. The generosity of all of our donors not only ensures the success of our fundraiser, but it makes us all aware of how very lucky we all are to be able to live in such a sharing and caring community. Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.

Last but not least, I have to give an enormous “thank you” to the many volunteers who work countless hours to ensure that this event goes off with nary a hiccup. There are too many people to name, so please know that we truly value each and every one of you.

Please put Sept. 8, 2018 on your dance cards and come join us as we celebrate next year’s fundraiser, which will be themed “World War I and Its Impact on the NJ Coast.”

James C. Vogel, executive director

NJ Maritime Museum

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