Local Artists Host Exhibition Fundraiser for Lacey Township Underwater Rescue and Recovery

"Dockmaster" by Nancy Lang.

FORKED RIVER – Come check out some local art while supporting a good cause at the Captain’s Inn on April 12. A group of 13 Ocean County artists are banding together to stage an exhibition and sale fundraiser to benefit the Lacey Township Underwater Rescue and Recovery Team (LTURR). The event will take place from 7-9 p.m.

The LTURR was formed back in the late 1970s when a young boy fell into a lagoon and the Lacey Twp. Fire Company responded but had to wait, helpless, until an underwater rescue team arrived from Tom’s River. (Photo courtesy LTURR)
The LTURR was formed back in the late 1970s when a young boy fell into a lagoon and the Lacey Twp. Fire Company responded but had to wait, helpless, until an underwater rescue team arrived from Tom’s River. (Photo courtesy LTURR)

The formation of the LTURR dates back to the late 1970s after a young boy fell into a lagoon. The Lacey Township Fire Company responded but could do nothing until an underwater rescue team arrived from Toms River. From this moment, the LTURR was born. Their mission since 1978 has been to ensure that no child or adult remains unfound after becoming lost underwater.

It an effort to connect with the local community, the LTURR made contact with some Ocean County artists who create “Heartfelt Art.” This group of artists partners with local businesses and charitable causes, while providing exposure for their art. This is their pilot event!

"Viking Village Fleet" by Kelly Sterr.
“Viking Village Fleet” by Kelly Sterr.

“As artists we have a passion for the beauty of the NJ shore. We love to share our artistic vision with others, but we are also members of our local communities and felt that creating an event in which to share our work while also giving back to Ocean County is a win-win collaboration. It is our hope that we can generate a substantial donation for LTURR, and if successful, find other pairings with local organizations going forward,” said Jill DeFelice, an exhibiting artist.

The fundraising event will include a silent auction. Proceeds and 40 percent of art sales will go to the LTURR. For more information, contact Charleen Leslie at 609-242-4273 or Jill DeFelice 609-994-7144.

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