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There are a trio of fundraising events coming up this weekend which I want to tell you about.

Michael Weltner
Michael Weltner (Facebook)

High Velocity in Beachwood will help raise money on Saturday for No One Fights Alone which was created to support Michael Weltner in his battle with brain and spinal cancer and assist others as well suffering from this terrible disease

The 20-year old was recently diagnosed and his family and friends, as well as his “hockey family” are pulling together so Michael does not have to face this battle by himself. A former hockey player at both Toms River High School North and South, supporters have established a Facebook page at #12 Leave It All on the Ice #12. The mission of “No One Fights Alone” is to follow Michael’s lead and fight to spread the word to raise awareness and funds for brain cancer. Saturday’s Cinco de Mayo event at High Velocity starts at 3pm and for more information on the fundraiser and charity you can call (732) 814-2824.


The inaugural For Pete’s Sake 5K Run will be held this Saturday in Manasquan and race officials expect a big turnout at what will likely be an annual event. It’s a major fundraiser as part of the For Pete’s Sake Foundation which was formed in memory of lifelong borough resident Peter Gibbs, who died last fall at the age of 56. Proceeds from the run will benefit Gibb’s two favorite charities, the Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties and The Manasquan Long Blue Line.

The 5K starts at 10am at Mallard Park and there will be a post-race party at Manasquan Beach House. Participants can pick up their race tee shirts on Friday from 5-8pm at Manasquan Beach House where they will have the chance to pose for pictures and get autographs from former Giants running back Joe Morris.
For more information the race and foundation you can contact PJ Gibbs at (732) 546-6936.


Sean Martyn
Sean Martyn (Sean Martyn Fund)

You might remember back in March I told you about Sean Martyn, a former Brick Township High School football player who was diagnosed with a rare pediatric cancer during the fall of 2010 while playing for the Green Dragons.

As Sean battles through chemo and treatment friends and supporters continue their efforts to help the Martyn family deal with the tremendous financial burden the disease has caused. This Sunday Phoenix Productions will perform a benefit presentation of “The Wizard of Oz” at the Strand Theatre in Lakewood. Showtime is at 2pm and while Sean can’t attend because of treatment his sister Kelly will be on hand. You can also make a donation through

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