BELMAR, NJ — Belmar Woman’s Club has brought in a new organization under its umbrella of charitable causes.
The club recently donated $300 to Team Shamrock, which raises funds to build “smart homes” for catastrophically injured service members through the New York-based Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation.
At its monthly meeting, the women had the opportunity to hear a powerful presentation by Team Shamrock founder Kathy Cunningham of Spring Lake and member Rosanne Hughes of Spring Lake Heights — both of whom lost loved ones in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
Cunningham created Team Shamrock in memory of her brother, Don Robertson Jr., and Hughes’ late husband, Thomas, also died at the World Trade Center on that tragic day.
Now Team Shamrock, with more than 400 members, is about to reach a major milestone this spring — breaking ground on a tailor-made dwelling in Howell for local veteran Scott Nokes.
With some $500,000 raised toward the project, the White Street home will meet the special needs of daily living for Nokes, who lost his legs and eyesight after he developed an infection during his second tour of duty in Afghanistan.
Raising $1 million since Cunningham established Team Shamrock nearly seven years ago, it will be the second technologically advanced home built for a veteran by the nonprofit group.
The check presentation, held on April 5 at Taylor Pavilion, was arranged by Belmar Woman’s Club member Betty Lyons.
Now in its 103rd year, the club holds fundraising events to support its many charitable endeavors throughout the year, including the Belmar Fire Department, Belmar Fire Aid Squad and Belmar Historical Society. For some 30 years, it also has sponsored its own scholarship program for Belmar students heading to college.
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