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Belmar Youngsters Hit the Beach for Fun-Filled Fourth Annual Children’s Ball

Karly Hingher, 6, left and Tess Kelly, 6, arrive at Belmar’s Fourth Annual Children’s Ball, held at the Taylor Pavilion. Credits: Cathy Goetz
Keira Linder, 6, spends time coloring a beach ball — one of the many activities enjoyed by youngsters at the Taylor Pavilion during the Belmar Children’s Ball. Credits: Cathy Goetz
At the Children’s Ball on a breezy evening at Taylor Pavilion are, from left, Madeline Orlowski, 13, Hannah Doherty, 12, twins Fiona and Maeve Reilly, 13, Logan Orlowski, 13, and Athena Komitas, 12. Credits: Cathy Goetz
It’s pizza time for Vittorio Soluri, 10, left, and John Wheeler, 10. Pizzas for the Children’s Ball were once again donated by Federico’s in Belmar. Credits: Cathy Goetz
The beach directly off the Taylor Pavilion’s rear deck is turned into a mini-playground during Belmar’s Fourth Annual Children’s Ball. Credits: Cathy Goetz
Ten-year-old Rebecca Hingher is all decked out in her lei and sunglasses for the Belmar Children’s Ball, held at a specially decorated Taylor Pavilion. Credits: Cathy Goetz
Trays of mini-cupcakes, courtesy of Belmar-based Sweet!, are quickly emptied by youngsters attending the Fourth Annual Children’s Ball. Credits: Cathy Goetz
Ava Tolomanosi, 6, tries her luck at the tumbling tower set up on the rear deck of Taylor Pavilion for the Belmar Children’s Ball. Credits: Cathy Goetz
Three-year-old Fernando Turano is ready for a beach of a time at the Belmar Fourth Annual Children’s Ball, held at the Taylor Pavilion. Credits: Cathy Goetz

BELMAR, NJ — Take 15 pizzas, 240 cupcakes and a dozen or so activities, mixed with about 150 children at the beach, and you have the ingredients for an evening of hometown fun at Belmar’s Taylor Pavilion.

The borough’s Fourth Annual Children’s Ball was held June 22, at the newly opened beachfront facility, where youngsters gathered for the fun-filled event under the setting sun. While the specially decorated banquet space was set up for dining and playtime for the younger children, the beach directly off the pavilion’s rear deck was turned into a mini-playground with plenty of room to play soccer or cornhole, or for just having a good time with friends.

Inside, borough employees and volunteers were more than happy to hand out slices of pizza, donated by Federico’s, and mini-cupcakes, courtesy of Sweet! — both Belmar-based businesses.

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And the girl responsible for giving Mayor Matthew Doherty the idea for starting such an event for children was there as well — his 12-year-old daughter, Hannah.

“One year, my wife and I were getting ready for the annual Mayor’s Ball and my daughter asked why she couldn’t go,” he said. “And I thought, why not have something for kids.”

The following year, the first Children’s Ball was held — the evening before the annual Mayor’s Ball — representing the beginning of what is quickly becoming a popular tradition.

The Sixth Annual Mayor’s Ball will be held tonight, June 23, at the Taylor Pavilion. The sold-out event will be held from 6 to 10 p.m., culminating with a bonfire on the beach.


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