MARCH 31, 2012 (POINT PLEASANT BEACH, NJ) - The Barbara Forfar Nursing Scholarship Fund held its first ever benefit fundraiser in Point Pleasant Beach Saturday March 31 and the estimated crowd of 350 guests in attendance packed the Elks Lodge and were treated to a very special day of outstanding live music, delicious food, door prizes and give-a-ways, all to help raise funds to provide educational scholarships to nurses and nursing students of the Ocean Medical Center in memory of Barbara Forfar.
Ned Ryerson kicked-off the afternoon with his unique acoustic rock sounds of the Jersey Shore and got the crowd off their feet right from the start of the event with his renditions of “Brown Eyed Girl”, “Margaritaville” and other classic tunes for the first few hours of the fundraiser.
The Pat Roddy Band then took center stage and continued the festive atmosphere with classic rock, oldies, big-band tracks and a number of Bruce Springsteen cuts including “Glory Days” which had the guests at the Elks yelling for more.
Roddy also teamed up with Ned Ryerson on several songs throughout the afternoon with the duo bringing the house down with “Sweet Home Alabama” and Roddy then paid a special tribute to Barbara Forfar offering up “Jersey Girl” which ended with an emotional standing ovation from the crowd.
Rockin Robyn Lane of WRAT (95.9 FM) helped MC the event in addition to conducting live “call-in” on-air interviews with benefit organizers and officials of Ocean Medical Center throughout the afternoon and the WRAT “Rat Pack” event crew was also on hand giving away numerous prizes to all age groups including several “Friends With Benefits” happy hours for the winner plus 40 of their friends.
Other guests of note in attendance on Saturday afternoon included Regina Foley, Vice President of Operations and Chief Nursing Officer of the Ocean Medical Center; Dr. Theresa Wurmser, Director of the Meridian Ann May Center for Nursing; Michael Oakes, Senior Development Officer of the Ocean Medical Center Foundation along with other physicians, nurses and administrative staff from the hospital.
The main food for the benefit fundraiser was supplied by Lenny’s Colonial Ranch Market of Point Pleasant along with U.S. Subs of Point Pleasant Beach. Other food providers included Chilies and TGI Friday’s, both of Toms River and “Pig Roast Pete” of Point Pleasant.
All proceeds of the fundraiser went directly to the Barbara Forfar Nursing Scholarship Fund which annually benefits the nurses of Ocean Medical Center of by providing nursing scholarships to nurses and nursing students of the hospital looking to further their formal education in the nursing profession.
ABOUT THE BARBARA FORFAR NURSING SCHOLARSHIP FUND:
The Barbara Forfar Nursing Scholarship Fund was established on January 15, 2011 and is part of the Ocean Medical Center Foundation family of funds.
The fund provides monetary assistance to qualified nurses and nursing students of Ocean Medical Center who desire to continue their formal education in nursing profession in the form of scholarships and awards one (or more) nursing scholarship during September of each year to eligible applicants.
The Barbara Forfar Nursing Scholarship Fund was established to honor the memory of long-time Point Pleasant resident Barbara Forfar or “Foof” as she was called by her fellow nurses and other colleagues in the operating room, and her forty-four years of dedication to the nursing profession with all but three years of her service associated with the Ocean Medical Center or its predecessor hospitals.
To qualify for the scholarship, the applicant must be an employee or nursing student at Ocean Medical Center and must be enrolled in a RN program, an upper division program (RN to BSN) or advanced degree program (MSN, PhD) in nursing.
All Ocean Medical Center nurses and nursing students from all OMC practice areas are eligible to apply. The scholarship must be used to supplement tuition, fees, lab costs, books or educational supply expenses.
The Barbara Forfar Nursing Scholarship Fund awards one (or more) nursing scholarship during September of each year to eligible applicants.
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The Barbara Forfar Nursing Scholarship Fund was established on January 15, 2011. The Fund is a member of the Ocean Medical Center Foundation family of funds. The fund awards one (or more) nursing scholarship during September of each year to eligible applicants as selected by the fund’s Scholarship Advisory Committee. The Ocean Medical Center Foundation is the tax-exempt charity providing philanthropic support for Ocean Medical Center, a member of Hackensack Meridian Health. The Ocean Medical Center Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, which means your donation is tax-deductible to the full extent provided by law.
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