POINT PLEASANT — Clarks Landing Yacht Club’s annual “Fish’n for the Cause” benefit event has raised $15,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Taking place from May to November, the seventh annual tournament generated more than $9,000 for children fighting cancer and other life-threatening diseases, with an additional $6,000 being donated by Clarks Landing’s
Wedding Banquet Hall. “It is unbelievable, you just don’t realize how many lives you are affecting by doing something like this,” said Nicole Hoffman, Clarks
Landing wedding specialist. “We just wanted to support and what better organization to work with to help battle childhood cancer than St. Jude. There are so many families with children affected, I think the most important thing is that they never see a bill from St. Jude and all this money goes toward the children’s treatment.”
In addition to the $15,000 donated to St. Jude, food was donated to Red Bank-based Lunch Break soup kitchen, which provides food, clothing, coaching in life skills and fellowship to those in need. “It is kind of a blend of everything coming together,” said Michael Longhi, Clarks Landing vice president. “With the fishing, people participate and basically donate their catch, which we take throughout the season. We prepared a lot of food and donated it to Lunch Break.” For the third year in a row, Clarks Landing Marina was the premier sponsor of the annual St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer, which takes place in September along the Seaside Heights Boardwalk. “We walked in honor of Maxwell Pogers, the infant son of past bride and groom Janna and Mark Pogers,” Ms. Hoffman said. “Janna, who is originally from Manasquan, has joined us from North Carolina for the past two years with her daughter Audriana, her parents George and Jeanette Oliver, plus many of her family members and friends also joined our team. “Unfortunately Maxwell passed away at eight months old. We decided that we wanted to support the Pogers and many other families so that St. Jude’s can do more research to help find a cure to end all childhood cancers.”
According to Mr. Longhi, the support for the annual walk continues to grow each year.
“We increased our teamvwe had about 35 people walking with us,” he said.“We are growing the team every year and we’re committed to be the premier sponsor again next year.” Ms. Hoffman was proud to see how much support has grown over the years. “We had other past brides and grooms who were kind enough to donate and come and join us for the walk,” she said. “It was a nice day, it was beautiful weather … and it has been nice to go for a great walk and support these children. St. Jude is great.” Since “Fish’n for the Cause” was established in 2012, Clarks Landing has raised more than $80,000 in charitable donations — which supports cancer research and treatment. Donations ensure families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food. “I am so grateful for St. Jude which continues to put children first and freely share their discoveries … so that kids like Maxwell have the best fighting chance,” Ms. Hoffman said Jana Pogers shared at the annual walk this year. “They have a right to grow, run, play and live. No child should ever have to wonder if tomorrow is possible for them.”
ABOUT ST. JUDE
For more than half a century, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has been a leading force in pioneering research and treatments for children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. According to officials, treatments developed at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital have helped the overall childhood cancer survival rate go from 20 percent to 80 percent.