What do you think are the odds of three brothers all playing professional baseball with two making it to the major leagues?  Clearly that would be a long shot but as many of you already know that is the story of Charlie, Jeff and Todd Frazier. 

The trio was honored last night by the Toms River Student Loan Fund at the organization’s annual recognition reception at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center.  The Frazier Brothers, all graduates of Toms River High School South, were saluted for the positive impact they have had on the school district and community.

The pro baseball careers of Charlie and Jeff might be over but they remain active through Frazier Baseball which teaches fundamentals to children and they both teach Health and Physical Education in the Toms River School District.

Todd of course is very much in the midst of a major league career with the Cincinnati Reds but like his older brothers has returned home and lives in Toms River in the off-season.  The three remain extremely close and shared the evening with their wives as well as parents Charles & Joan Frazier.

As I have for the past I had the pleasure to serve as Master of Ceremonies.  Actually as a trustee in the organization which dates back to 1937 I really didn’t have much choice.  The Fund provides loans to graduates of the Toms River High School District to help with college costs and all of us are volunteers with attorney Peter Van Dyke serving as president.

(L-R) Jeff, Todd & Charlie Frazier (Townsquare Media NJ)

The co-stars of the evening were the 18 teachers of the year in the school district who received special proclamations from the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders and were saluted by the Toms River Education Association and interim superintendent Thomas Gialanella.   Also recognized were seniors Gilligan Greenlow of High School East, John Klalo of High School North and Caroline Newman of High School South.

All three are outstanding students and contributors to their schools and communities and the common link was the impact Superstorm Sandy had of them and in some cases their families.  For that reason Vice President Carmen Memoli surprised each with a $500 college scholarship after they spoke about their Sandy-related experiences.

Special thanks to the Causeway Family of Auto Dealerships, The D’Onofrio Foundation, Investors Bank and the Citta Foundation for their support of last night’s event and our organization.  You can learn more about the Toms River Student Loan Fund by visiting trslf.com