Our Traditional Grants Program

Through strong leadership and the support of our donors, in addition to our Traditional Grants Program, Monmouth Park Charity Fund provides three additional types of grants to non-profit organizations for specific programs/projects serving the residents of Monmouth County.  All grant programs include eligibility guidelines and are thoroughly reviewed and vetted for program impact and fiscal integrity.

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2019 Roberta O. Fox Annual Distribution of Funds Tea

Sandy Mullaney and Mary Ann Martin

Sandy Mullaney and Mary Ann Martin

Staying true to their seventy-four year legacy of raising funds to distribute to local charities, on November, 14, 2019, fifty-eight of Monmouth County’s nonprofit organizations took center stage at Monmouth Park Racetrack as Monmouth Park Charity Fund held its 72nd Annual Distribution of Funds Tea.  Named after the late Roberta O. Fox,  the event was held in the stunning Turf Club were these select 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.  In a very moving ceremony, representatives from each agency shared how these funds would impact the lives of people in our community.  To see the list of agencies and link to their individual websites please CLICK HERE.

Special thanks is extended to Anita and Joseph Roselle. Thomas Sirico, Family First Funding, LLC,  and New Jersey Natural Gas for being Event Sponsors of this significant event.

At the Tea a special announcement was made that four additional $5,000 grants will be awarded to agencies for collaborative projects to help expand services by working together.  This RFP called  “Accomplish More Together” is in its third year and is made possible through a partnership with New Jersey Natural Gas. Last year three grants of $5,000 each were awarded – click here to learn more about last year’s recipients and the projects that were supported.

Throughout its rich seventy-two year history, the Monmouth Park Charity Fund is proud to have supported our community by distributing $9,836,572 in funds since its inception.

“I would like to thank our Board and all of our supporters who make it possible for 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 through the grants we provide.  We are equally proud that our organization helps agencies build partnerships and provides avenues for them to work together to build stronger programs that help our community”, said Maureen Lloyd, President of the Board of Trustee.

Members of the MPCF Board of Trustees - Tom Hayes, Maria Farhat Tanzola, Sandy Mullaney, Linda Sirico, Jennifer Diehl, Maureen Lloyd, Nona Balaban, Thomas Donovan, and Barry Shapiro
Maureen Lloyd, Board President and Maria Farhat Tanzola, Board Vice-President


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 continued 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