By Joanna Heston
Nearly 1,800 hardy souls braved the chilly Atlantic Ocean during the 24th Annual Polar Bear Plunge held over Presidents Day weekend in Sea Isle City. With an estimated 40,000 visitors in town for the festivities, the weekend kicked off on Friday, Feb. 16 with the crowning of the Royal Family and concluded on Sunday, Feb. 18 with the 10th Annual Mike’s Seafood Run/Walk for Autism and the Polar Bear Cornhole Tournament. More
By Dave Bontempo
By Linda Dougherty
Dustin and Debbie Laricks wanted to find a way to give back to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) after doctors there saved the life of their infant daughter, Peyton.
Peyton Elizabeth Laricks, born March 31, 2008, had a birth defect called congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH), which was discovered while she was still in utero. And thus began an emotional journey for the Laricks, whose happy outcome inspired the couple to create the Peyton’s Promise foundation, to raise money for the continued research of CDH at CHOP. More
By John Tracy Jr.
When he was just 10, Dan McCann went with his mother on a mission trip to an orphanage in Guatemala. His experiences there opened his eyes to a much less privileged world than exists in the United States, and it was then that he discovered his gift for giving back to those in need. Since then, McCann has embarked on a series of altruistic adventures all over the world. His most recent project: to run a marathon in Tanzania and hike to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for a good cause. More
“You never know where God is going to put us,” says Rita Collins, the Sea Isle City Catholic Daughters Volunteer of the Year.
The Philadelphia native, who bought an investment property here in the 1980s and became a full-time Sea Isle City resident in 2008, walks an altered road. The classic golden-years life of a couple vanished with the death of her husband Paul in 2011. The passing of her sister, Tess Bell, this past December also tested her fortitude. More