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Central Ocean

Central Ocean Rotary

We meet Tuesdays at 12:15 PM
1171 Hooper Ave.
Toms River, NJ  08753
United States
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Tickets for our 10th Annual Gift Auction are now $35 (convenience fee not included). Ticket includes dinner, dessert, cash bar, entry for door prizes, and a sheet of prize tickets. 👍

TABLE OF 10: Purchase a table of 10 by 2/14/2020 and EACH GUEST will receive a full sheet of GREEN tickets. All 10 tickets must be purchased in one transaction in order to receive free sheet of tickets. Free tickets will be assigned at check-in the night of the auction.

The day of the event, simply show your confirmation email. If you can’t find your confirmation email, you must provide the full name and email address used to purchase the online ticket.

**No refunds. All proceeds of our Gift Auction go to local charities in addition to awarding scholarships to our local high school senior students.**

⏰ SAVE THE DATE - it's official our 10th Annual Gift Auction has a date: March 2nd, 2020. 🤗

More information will be coming in the very near future so stay tuned.

⚠️ DONATIONS: We are currently accepting any non-cash donation in the form of a gift certificate or merchandise for our auction. You will be recognized in our booklet. Send us a message for more info or to arrange pick up. Thank you! 


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Thank you, Michele Herrington (right), from Redeem-Her here in Toms River for bringing these two strong and inspirational women to speak to us about their struggles with addiction. Melissa and Steph shared how addiction destroyed their families but thanks to Redeem-Her they are not only clean again but also are getting the support they need to continue their recovery.

Redeem-Her is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to provide support to women committed to staying free from addiction. They offer help and hope to women reentering the community from rehabilitation facilities, jails, and prisons. Redeem-Her provides housing, clothing, food, and most importantly support from women who have shared similar experiences.


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Sharon Anne Harrington, Commissioner for the NJ Casino Control Commission talked to us about Atlantic City and how its casinos have changed over the years. The Casino Control Commission is a New Jersey state governmental agency that was founded in 1977 as the state's gaming control board, responsible under the Casino Control Act for licensing casinos in Atlantic City.

To learn more visit


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Harry Bower, a volunteer at John F. Peto Studio Museum, talked to us about this museum which is located in Island Heights. The John F. Peto Studio Museum is dedicated to promoting the legacy of this internationally renowned artist, by maintaining his home and studio as a working museum & fostering educational opportunities in the arts.

For visiting hours and more information visit

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Author and Toms River resident Terence Harkin came to talk to us about his latest book "The Big Buddha Bicycle Race" available on Amazon. Terence won a CBS Fellowship for his screenwriting and spent twenty-five years as a Hollywood cameraman. His credits include The Goodbye Girl, The Legend of Billie Jean, Quincy, Designing Women, Seinfeld, Tracy Ullman, MASH, and From Here to Eternity.

His book Big Buddha was nominated for the 2017 Kirkus Prize in Literature. To learn more about Terence and his work visit:


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Mark Wilson came to talk to us about The Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts. One of the largest economic drivers of a community is a thriving arts culture. In addition to bringing in world-class performers, the Center provides students and local talent with a venue to display and hone their skills while benefiting and enriching the cultural life of our Central Jersey Shore residents.

To learn more visit:

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Congratulations to this year's winners of our 34th Annual 50/50 Raffle:
1st - Phyllis Porcello
2nd - Jill Rand
3rd - Dr. Irina Mankovskaya

Thanks to everyone that purchased a ticket. To those that didn't win, there's always next year 😉.

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Only 150 tickets will be sold, so there are great odds for you to have the winning ticket! Three prizes will be awarded (1st, 2nd, 3rd)

Tickets are $100/each.
Don't forget it can be purchased by a group of friends 😉.
** Proceeds to benefit local charities ***

​Prizes are as follows - if all tickets are sold:
1st place = $5,000 (or 33.33% of actual sales)
2nd place = $1,700 (or 11.67% of actual sales)
3rd place = $800 (or 5% of actual sales)

🎫 Purchase your ticket online (, with one of our members or message us 😃
*Please note that if you buy your ticket online, an actual raffle ticket will be mailed to you to the address you provide.

Join us welcoming two new members: Laurie Singer, sponsored by President Elizabeth Rastelli, and Cathy Matteace, sponsored by member Marion Callazzo.

Pictured from left to right: Membership Chair Ben Giovine, President Elizabeth Rastelli, New Member Laurie Singer, New Member Cathy Matteace, Member Marion Callazzo.

Sheriff Mastronardy came to our meeting and talked to us about the great work his office does. They have the latest technologies to help our community as well as support other agencies. They also manage the 911 Dispatch Center which answers 911 calls for all 33 of the municipalities in Ocean County and a full Public Safety Dispatch Operation. The operation is a consolidated communications center, serving multiple jurisdictions and disciplines.

Law enforcement dispatch services are provided for the Sheriff's Office, Prosecutor's Office, Medical Examiner’s Office, and 12 municipal police agencies. Additionally, Fire Dispatch Services are provided for 39 fire companies, Emergency Medical Dispatch services for 22 first aid squads and the dispatch of 3 special response and tactical teams. Paramedic and Life Flight dispatch is provided for the entire county.

To get the latest emergency information, follow Ocean County Sheriff 911.


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A special thank you to James Rauner for sharing his personal story of addiction with us last Tuesday, his story made an impact on our members. Addiction is a serious disease, not a choice, and it's so important to reach out for help.

For assistance with addiction services call 1-844-REACHNJ or go to or


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Billy Cardone talked to us about Exit 82 Theatre Company. Exit 82: A Toms River Theatre Company, was founded and became a 501(c)3 organization in 2009. Since its first production that Summer, Exit 82 has expanded programming and produced 30 productions. In addition to our adult programming, Exit 82 runs a Creative and Performing Arts Academy to educate the next generation of artists.

To learn more visit:


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