TOMS RIVER – The Toms River Police Department will be participating in the Jersey Shore Festival on Saturday, May 20. We will begin with Hogs for Humanity – Ride for the Child, Motorcycle Charity Poker Run. All cars and motorcycles are welcome. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at Captain Hooks in Seaside Heights and the ride starts at 9 a.m. More information can be found at tomsriverpolicefoundation.org/hogs-for-humanity.
Later that afternoon, The Jay & Linda Grunin Foundation are presenting the 4th Annual Pros vs. Heroes Charity Flag Football Game. Join us on the beach in Seaside Heights at the Pine Belt Field for the annual flag football showdown as The Toms River Police take on the NFL Pros. Children will have a chance to meet some of the players before the game during the NFL Play60 Clinic. The Toms River Regional Schools will also be hosting a cheer clinic where children will be able to learn some cheers from the high school cheerleaders and coaches, and will get to cheer on the teams during the game. Stay after the game for a special autograph signing for everyone field-side. Children can attend the event for free and adults cost only $5. More information can be found at tomsriverpolicefoundation.org/pros-vs-heroes.
Pre-registration is not required, but is recommended for the NFL Play60 Clinic, Cheer Clinic and Hogs for Humanity – Ride for the Child, Poker Run.
The Toms River Police Foundation awards several scholarships annually to qualified applicants from all four Toms River high schools and to those students pursuing a career in law enforcement. The Foundation has also supported a number of police community events and initiatives, such as the police department open house, Junior Police Academy, Explorer Scout Program, Auxiliary Police Program, The Veteran Officers Association, AIE (Attitude Is Everything) and HERO (Helping Everyone Respect Others). We also participate with activities in our local schools and other valuable programs that would otherwise not be possible without fundraising efforts.
Toms River Police Chief Mitchell Little is looking to expand the Foundation in the next few years to include more programs for our youth. Our town, as well as other communities in the nation, is plagued with a drug epidemic. He believes that reaching children at a young age through positive role models greatly enhances their chances of success. “We are at a pivotal point in our mission and need this year to be bigger than ever before,” said Chief Little. “With your help we are going to take the event to a new level. It is the perfect time to partner the public with the law enforcement community to send the message, ‘We are all in this together.’”