Bicycle ride raises funds for Ocean’s Harbor House

Bicycle ride raises funds
for Ocean’s Harbor House

Area residents were among the participants who completed a five-day, 400-mile bicycle ride to raise funds for Ocean’s Harbor House.

Ocean’s Harbor House is an agency that provides short-term shelter and crisis intervention to troubled and abused children and youths between the ages of 10-21. The main facility is on Windsor Avenue, Toms River, with outreach centers and programs throughout Ocean County.

According to Linda Gyimoty, executive director, totals to date indicate that between $75,000 and $80,000 has been raised from the 2001 event, which marked the fifth anniversary of the Harbor House 400 – Ride for New Beginnings.

According to a press release, 36 bike riders and 16 support crew volunteers took part in the ride which began in Jackson, traveled to Easton, Pa., on to New Hope, Pa., back to New Jersey via Hammonton and Ocean City, before finishing in Toms River. The event took place from June 26-30.

As participants, each rider and support crew member provided for their own food and expenses during the trip, and they each needed to raise a minimum of $750 in pledges (or donations).

Riders from Lakewood were Monsignor Michael Walsh (event chair), Kate Balance, Matthew Celestino, Richard Celestino, Mary Elliot, Barry Elliot, Jeff Golub, Glenn Harrison, Doreen Herbert, John Herbert, Craig Lynch and Bill Schlameuss.

Riders from Jackson were Kathy Mallette (event chair), Bob Bartolf, Howard Bogan, Dennis Galvan, Michael Georgiano, Sharon Hoban and Jim Kochis.

Riders from Howell were Karen Limpert, Bill Limpert and Richard Lizzano.

Representing Freehold was rider Bill Fredericks.

Support team members from Lakewood were Ray Coles, Concetta Lieb, Jim D’Andrea and Barbara Miller. Support team members from Jackson were Deborah Cornell and Charlotte Bartolf.

According to a press release, in 1997 three community leaders came together to make a difference for the youth in Ocean County. Monsignor Michael Walsh, pastor, St. Mary of the Lake, Lakewood, Kathy Mallette of Jackson, and Dan Tullai of West Trenton had heard that Ocean’s Harbor House was having trouble meeting funding goals.

Cuts in federal and local grants and an increase in requests for service combined to stretch the agency’s resources to a breaking point, according to the press release.

Over the years, the funds raised by Harbor House 400 – Ride for New Beginnings have become a stable and significant component of Ocean’s Harbor House’s budget, according to the agency.