O.C.E.A.N., Inc. Participates in the Elks’ Festival Of Trees Charity Fundraiser In Toms River

The free family event is hosted by the Toms River Elks Lodge to raise funds for nonprofit groups.

The trees are going up, and starting Sunday, it’s time to vote. For the fourth year, Toms River Elks Lodge No. 1875 is hosting the Festival of Trees, which raises funds for a variety of charitable organizations.

Each year, nonprofit groups decorate trees in the hall at the lodge, located on Washington Street at the corner of Clifton Avenue. Donations to the organizations will be tallied, and on Dec. 14, the groups that receive the most “votes” will be awarded cash prizes in addition to the donations they receive. There are more than 30 organizations participating in the event including O.C.E.A.N., Inc. Head Start.

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The Festival of Trees finale event is from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 14; it is free, family friendly and open to the public.

The finale event will include a tricky tray, Mega 50/50s and ballroom dance performances. Stop by Santa’s workshop for arts and crafts lessons, and there will be complimentary refreshments and homemade desserts from Mrs. Claus’s Cafe.

Live entertainment will be provided by the Ocean County Jazz Band, Multigenerational Orchestra and the Garden State Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.

Visitors can vote for their favorite nonprofit’s holiday tree by submitting a cash or check donation, and each nonprofit receives 100 percent of the money contributed to its campaign. All checks must be written to the Toms River Elks Lodge with the name of the nonprofit organization in the memo field.

The viewing hours leading up to the gala on Dec. 14 are as follows. The hours are subject to change and updates will be posted on their Facebook at: TomsRiver ElksLodge#1875

  • Sunday, Dec. 3, 1-4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 5, 3-8 p.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 8, 3-8 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 10, 3-8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 12, 3-5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 13, Noon-4 p.m.

Photo Caption: Clockwise: Sharon Hopson, Head Start Education Coordinator, Meg Saunders, Head Start Director and Christine Lach, Head Start Enrollment Officer place the final touches to the O.C.E.A.N., Inc. Head Start Tree entered in the charity fundraiser.

On Thursday, Dec. 14, the doors open for the gala at 4 p.m. Voting ends at 7 p.m. For any questions, please call Meg Saunders, O.C.E.A.N., Inc. at (732) 244-5333 Ext. 912.


O.C.E.A.N., Inc. will be conducting two First Time Homebuyer Seminars on Monday, February 5, 2018 and Monday, February 12, 2018

O.C.E.A.N., Inc. will be conducting two First Time Homebuyer Seminars on Monday, February 5, 2018 and Monday, February 12, 2018 6 pm at the Ocean County Planning Department Cafeteria (2nd Floor) 129 Hooper Avenue in downtown Toms River.

You must register for these O.C.E.A.N., Inc. First Time Homebuyer events by calling Harriet Westbrook at (732) 288-2614, Ext. 100. Office Hours are Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. You can also visit us on our website at www.oceaninc.org and download an application.

L-r:  Maryellen Patichio, Gloria Nilson Realty, Robin Florio, Ocean County Planning and Harriett Westbrook, the O.C.E.A.N., Inc. Housing Counselor will facilitate the First Time Homebuyer November Workshops.