Radio Host Continues Billboard Marathon for Ocean Of Love
By Phil Stilton
Toms River–Local radio dj Andy Chase is once again spending his week outdoors in the annual Ocean of Love Hawk Billboard Radiothon, which began Monday. The Hawk, is helping to raise $105,700 in just 5 days on top of the billboard scaffolding in the parking lot of Target on Hooper Avenue in Toms River. As of noon on Wednesday, $18,364 had been raised in the event which ends Friday.
Aside from those coming to leave donations in person, donations are being accepted by texting LOVE to 89000. From 5-8 p.m. each night there will be entertainment for kids.
Local businesses are helping out too. TGI Fridays of Toms River and Manahawkin are donating 15% of all sales excluding alcohol and Scary Rotten Farms of Brick is donating $2 per ticket.
“Ocean of Love is a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to helping Ocean County children with cancer and their families,” said co-founder and executive director, Linda Gillick. “Our purpose is to assist the children through their illness.”
Ocean of Love was co-founded in October 1988 by Gillick and the late George Goldt. Along with a dozen caring and diverse individuals working together to set up this non-profit, Ocean of Love became a reality.
Since starting in 1988 with just twelve families the charity has helped over 500 families across Ocean County.