Accomplish More Together

NJ Natural Gas

This year Monmouth Park Charity Fund, in partnership with New Jersey Natural Gas, launched an “Accomplish More Together” grant opportunity. Charities were given the opportunity to apply for a grant where two or more would partner on a program that would expand services for both agencies where together they could serve more by working together. Two grants of $5,000 each were awarded to the partnership of Literacy Volunteers and 180 Turning Lives Around and the partnership of SCAN and EZ Ride.

Literacy Volunteers and 180 Turning Lives Around
Literacy Volunteers and 180 Turning Lives Around
Literacy Volunteers will train and deploy volunteers to provide needed literacy skills to clients of 180 Turning Lives Around to support their success in job readiness, employability and effective parenting
SCAN and EZ Ride
SCAN will pilot a much-needed transportation program in partnership with EZ Ride to assist low-income seniors to remain active and fully engaged in the community.

Distribution of Funds Tea

On October 25th, 2017, fifty-one of Monmouth County’s nonprofit organizations took center stage at Monmouth Park Racetrack for the 70th Annual Distribution of Funds Tea. The selected organizations were awarded grants for specific programs that provide critical assistance to those at risk and those in need of special services in our community. This year was especially meaningful, as the event was named after the late Roberta O. Fox.

Roberta dedicated a half century of her life to helping our community, first as a member of the Charity Ball Ladies, and continuing when the organization became the Monmouth Park Charity Fund. Sandy Mullaney, a Board of Trustee of the Monmouth Park Charity Fund, stated at the podium, “Roberta will be remembered for her deep commitment to giving back to the community, her elegant dinner parties, and her unerring devotion to family and friends. We are honored to have her son Alan Fox and his lovely wife Molly in attendance at the Tea.”

Through the generosity of our event participants and donors, $136,500 in grants were distributed this year. Throughout its rich seventy-one year history, the Monmouth Park Charity Fund is proud to have supported our community by distributing $9,437,072 in funds since its inception.

At the Tea, a special announcement was made that two additional $5,000 grants will be awarded to agencies for collaborative projects to help expand services by working together. This RFP called "Achieving More Together", is made possible through a donation from New Jersey Natural Gas.

Maureen Lloyd, President of the Board of Trustees said "I would like to thank our Board and all of our supporters who make it possible for the Monmouth Park Charity Fund to reach so many worthwhile organizations that provide critical services to our families. The Distribution Tea is our way of recognizing our recipient agencies and showcasing the wonderful programs they provide for our community. We are equally proud that our organization helps agencies build partnerships and avenues to work together to build programs that help our community.

*Special thanks are extended to Anita and Joseph Roselle as well as New Jersey Natural Gas for being Event Sponsors of this significant annual event.

2017 MP Charity Fund Tea
2017 "Roberta O. Fox" Distribution of Funds Tea
Hope Corcoran - Karen Conway - Nona Balaban, Board Secretary – Sandy Mullaney – Anita Roselle – Joanne DiNapoli – Maureen Lloyd, President of Monmouth Park Charity Fund – Maria Tanzola – Tom Hayes
Agency Distribution of Funds Tea
Agency Distribution of Funds Tea


“We are humbled to be among the charities honored at the annual tea, organizations that represent the best of our community. With the fund's help, our patients will lead healthier and more productive lives, and our medical volunteers can continue caring for those in need." "

Eugene F. Cheslock, MD, President,
Parker Family Health Center

Scholarships are always a welcome source of support for our students. Your generosity, which is such a vote of confidence in a Monmouth education, help provide our students with the support they need to complete an intellectually challenging and rigorous academic experience grounded in the liberal arts. One of the greatest joys in life comes from knowing you have impacted someone else positively, and Monmouth University sincerely appreciates your commitment to our students' success. Thank you again for your ongoing support of Monmouth University and our student scholars."

Stephanie M. Tolas, Director, Stewardship and Donor Relations
Monmouth University

Thank you for your generous donation for the scholars of the Majorie K. Unterberg School of Nursing and Health Studies. It is always heartening to recieve donations that help our students achieve their goals and become productive members in the health care environment. We very much appreciate your support for the programs we offer."

Janet Mahoney, PH.D, Dean/Professor
Majorie K. Unterberg School of Nursing and Health Studies

On behalf of the children and families of Monmouth Day Care Center, I would like to thank you for your grant. The Monmouth Park Charity Fund has been a good friend to the Monmouth Day Care Center for many years. We appreciate your continued support. Without friends like you we could not continue to provide a quality early childhood program to the children from families who are struggling to make ends meet."

Heidi Zaentz, Executive Director
Monmouth Day Care Center

Heart disease is the single largest health threat for women's lives each year in the United States. This thoughtful gift will enable CentraState to provide the latest advancements in women's heart healthcare and educate patients and their families about advancements in women's heart health. Your support will help make a meaningful difference in the lives of the women in our community."

Nancy Barone, CFRE, Vice President Development
Centrastate Healthcare

This holiday season, Holiday Express will be singing and dancing their way through 68 events, leaving a trail of holiday cheer and human kindness behind them. It is only through the generosity of individuals, businesses and foundations that we can continue to fund the much needed programs of Holiday Express. We are grateful for your very generous support and continued interest in our organization's work helping those in need."

Tim McLoone, President
Holiday Express

Dedicated supporters like you help to inspire over 850 local kids who without, might not have a safe space after school or access to tools they need to succeed in life. You help to provide trained and caring staff at our Asbury Park and Red Bank Units, grow exciting and educational Club programming, and offer life-changing experiences so that our kids have a chance to thrive."

Douglas Eagles, Executive Director
Boys & Girls Club of Monmouth County

We are humbled to be among the charities honored at the annual tea, organizations that represent the best of our community. With the fund's help, our patients will lead healthier and more productive lives, and our medical volunteers can continue caring for those in need."

Eugene F. Cheslock, MD, President
Parker Family Health Center

On behalf of the organization, I want to thank all those associated with the Monmouth Park Charity Fund for the ongoing support of our mission. From our food pantry to our addictions programs and many services in between, we are there for the disenfranchised, the under employed, the indigent, the children and the elderly. Thanks to your efforts we will be able to continue the positive impact that we have on their lives."

Paul B. Freeman ACSW, Executive Director
Jewish Family and Children's Service of Monmouth County

We wish to acknowledge reciept of a contribution from the Monmouth Park Charity Fund, made in memory of Betty Iselin. We want you to know how much we appreciate your contuned interest and support of the work we do with children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities, including autism, at Camp Oakhurst."

Roberta Pacenza, Executive Director
Camp Oakhurst