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Home Runs for Heroes is a Hit!

The Lakewood BlueClaws scored big this season for our Home Runs for Heroes partners and as a result, ten local charities that serve veterans and members of the military received $34,000 in grants from the Foundation.

The program, now in its sixth year, is a partnership between OceanFirst Foundation, Townsquare Media and the Lakewood BlueClaws, a minor league team of the Philadelphia Phillies organization. Home Runs for Heroes Grants provide financial support to charities that meet the emergency basic needs of veterans and local service men and women – active and retired - and their families during difficult times. The program ties each charity partner to an inning and every home run hit by the BlueClaws at First Energy Park during the charity’s designated inning earned them a $1,000 donation. The six-year total awarded through Home Runs for Heroes is $164,000.

Here's are recap of 2014 grants awarded:

American Recreational Military Services (A.R.M.S.) - $1,000
American Red Cross, Jersey Coast Chapter - $1,000
Army Emergency Relief - $4,000
Blue Star Mothers - $6,000
Catholic Charities, Emergency Services) - $2,000
Chariot Riders (Horses for Heroes) - $6,000
Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski, II Memorial Fund - $2,000
Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society/Lakehurst - $5,000
National Guard State Family Readiness Council - $6,000
VetGroup - $1,000


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