September 29, 2017

GI Go Fund Awarded $4,000 by OceanFirst Foundation through their Home Runs for Heroes fundraiser with Lakewood BlueClaws

Organization has been recipient of this program since 2015, having received $7,000 for every home run a BlueClaw player hits in a designated inning

GI Go Executive Director Jack Fanous (2nd from right) accepts $4,000 check from members of OceanFirst foundation and Lakewood BlueClaws from their Home Runs for Heroes drive

GI Go Fund was honored to once again be a recipient of the Home Runs for Heroes program, a fundraising program with the Lakewood BlueClaws and OceanFirst Foundation that provides a financial donation to a local military-based charity each time a BlueClaws player hits a home run at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood.

Each charity is paired with one inning of the game. Each time a player hits a home run, a charity is awarded $1,000 by OceanFirst Foundation. GI Go Fund received $4,000 from the program for the home runs that were hit in its designated inning, the 4th, by BlueClaw players during the season.

2017 is the ninth year of the program which, through 2016, raised $217,000 for charities that serve veterans and members of the United States military during times of need. GI Go Fund has been a participant in this program since 2015, having received $7,000 during that time.

Since its founding in 1902, OceanFirst Bank has built a solid reputation and legacy as a good neighbor and responsible corporate citizen. The Bank's strong commitment to helping families, organizations, schools and communities throughout central and southern New Jersey has spanned several generations reaching new heights in 1996 with the creation of OceanFirst Foundation. The Foundation provides grants to nonprofits and local schools that meet community needs within the OceanFirst Bank footprint. In 2017, OceanFirst Foundation will contribute more than $1.6 million to community initiatives and since its inception, more than $30 million in grants have been awarded to over 750 nonprofits throughout central and southern New Jersey.

GI Go Fund would like to thank the OceanFirst foundation and Lakewood BlueClaws for their contribution this year and past years. With their support, we will be able to assist more veterans find work, access housing, and connect to their benefits.