PHOTO : Volunteers Justin Butts, Nick DiFranco, LBC Team Member Andrew Richter, LBC Trustee Don Campbell, and Mark Wilson.

LONG BRANCH, N.J.— The Long Branch Concordance Family Success Center is excited to announce the 2016 fundraising campaign “Running With a Purpose.” New Jersey Marathon runners have the opportunity to raise funds through online pledges and corporate donors.

 

Andrew Richter, founder and writer of FitnessForTheRegularGuy.Blogspot.com, a health and nutrition blog with hundreds of followers, is proudly running the full marathon – but with a purpose – to raise funds for the Long Branch Concordance Family Success Center.

Andrew is a New York-based radio news director and lives in Cliffwood Beach. He ran in the New Jersey Marathon in 2014 and is actively training for the 2016 full marathon in Long Branch and blogging his experiences, tips and motivational thoughts for “the regular guy.” A native of nearby Ocean Township, he calls Long Branch his second hometown. Andrew says, “Long Branch is my not-exactly hometown. I went to Seashore Day Camp every summer for years as a kid. My dad lived in Long Branch during my high school years and he owned a mechanic’s garage uptown. My grandfather was a longtime volunteer at the Elberon Fire Department and Richter’s Garage was across the tracks in Elberon. My great-grandmother spent the last decade and a half of her life in Oceanpoint Towers overlooking the boardwalk. And my wife, Jackie, and I get season beach badges at Long Branch every summer. I know that it’s a much different story a few blocks in from the ocean. So, helping out folks in Long Branch is a natural cause for me.”

There are a few other NJ runners on Team Long Branch Concordance who will run along the Jersey Shore to the finish line on the boardwalk at Pier Village. One of our runners even will join us all the way from sunny Palm Harbor, Florida and will make the trip to the Jersey Shore just for the race. Anyone can “Run With A Purpose” and make their race count by giving back to the Jersey Shore town of Long Branch and making it’s families strong and resilient by supporting Team LBC.

Corporate Sponsorship opportunities are available at all levels. Local Long Branch businesses and Monmouth County corporations seeking to build a stronger community which fosters thriving business and vibrant real estate should consider a tax deductible contribution to Long Branch Concordance Family Success Center. Individuals or businesses can also help by visiting http://www.crowdrise.com/runningwithapurposef and sponsoring a team runner with a contribution in any denomination.

For questions or more information on running on the LBC Team, sponsoring a runner or corporate or individual sponsorship call Elena Delaney, Volunteer and Community Resource Coordinator at (732) 571-1670 or email at elena@lbc4help.org.