Mary’s Place by the Sea hosted its fourth annual Oceanfront Bash on the evening of Friday, October 6th at Buona Sera Palazzo in Ocean, NJ. 200 attendees enjoyed an evening of cocktail-style dining, live music by local band Vinyl, dancing, award presentations and gift auctions. The annual event is one of two major fundraisers hosted annually by Mary’s Place by the Sea, an organization that provides a place for women with cancer to heal: mind, body and soul.
Mary’s Place is a sanctuary by the sea, welcoming women with cancer for a day, or up to two nights, to enjoy holistic, integrative healing services at no cost. At the annual fundraiser, Mary’s Place by the Sea gave four awards to individuals and families who have made a lasting impact on the organization.
- The Clark Family; Barbara Clark, former President of the Renaissance Women’s Club from 2013-2016, and her son Sean Clark, Vice President of Advisors Mortgage Group, were recipients of the Community Pioneer Hero Award.
- Mary Ellen and Geoff Doyle, friends and neighbors of Mary’s Place by the Sea, were recognized as Legacy Heroes.
- Ellen Carroll, Editor of The Coaster, received the Humanitarian Hero Award.
- David Armstrong, President of Sass Advisors and Founding Chairman of the Mary’s Place by the Sea Board of Trustees, was recognized as the Hope Hero.
President and Co-Founder of Mary’s Place by the Sea, Michele Gannon, welcomed the crowd and delivered a special message to the guests of Mary’s Place by the Sea, “You all fill my heart with so much gratitude, thank you for being who you are. Thank you for sharing your road with us, and making us all laugh, think, and sometimes cry. We are honored to come to work each and every day because you make us better women. You help us work harder, you motivate and inspire us. You show us not to sweat the small stuff.”
Ocean Grove resident Joyce Adase described her experience as a guest of Mary’s Place by the Sea.
“Being at Mary’s Place helped us (the guests) to smile and laugh again. We were treated to wonderful services: reiki; massage; yoga; support groups on Thursday nights… which sometimes we have to get kicked out of… because we do get talking; Chef Cathy provides delicious, nourishing, vegan meals that are fantastic, all served in the dining room at Mary’s Place, where we bonded made new friends, and became strong and confident,” said Adase.
Adase continued to say, “I never felt alone; I believe God put me in Ocean Grove in 2014 for a reason. Michele and Maria have created an environment of love, peace, healing and compassion. I am lucky that I am one block over. I have been given so much love and support; I have a tremendous faith and God, family and friends, and fantastic medical team, all wrapped in the loving arms of Mary’s Place.
Local musician, entertainer and entrepreneur Tim McLoone hosted the Call to Action, and encouraged attendees to make a financial commitment to the organization, which operates on donations from individuals, organizations, and third-party fundraising events. The event raised $100,000 for the organization.
Mary’s Place by the Sea also launched a new promotional video for the organization which beautifully describes the experiences of several women who have become guests of Mary’s Place. The video can be found on the organization’s YouTube Channel: https://youtu.be/YBAXT-N6mAE.
Vice President and Co-Founder Maria McKeon said of the event, “Our 4th Annual Oceanfront Bash was an incredible success and great celebration of our Mary’s Place community. We are grateful to our hardworking committee, donors and guests for all that they give to our mission.”
Mary’s Place by the Sea is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting women who have cancer. Guests are provided with unconditional care during their time of extreme need at NO COST to them. It is the mission of Mary’s Place by the Sea to give women with cancer a place to rest and recuperate during and after cancer treatments. Some of the services offered to guests are oncology massage, nutrition education, guided meditation, yoga, expressive writing, counseling, and more.
Mary’s Place by the Sea was founded in 2009 and now operates out of a ten-bedroom, state-of-the-art, custom built home in Ocean Grove, New Jersey. Nearly 8,000 women have been guests at Mary’s Place by the Sea. Fundraisers like the Oceanfront Bash allow Mary’s Place by the Sea to keep services free for guests.