HAZLET, NJ -- 180 Turning Lives Around and Jenkinson’s of Point Pleasant Beach are teaming up to present a day filled with kite-flying, prizes, rides, food, games and beach activities. The event, “Kites for Kids,” will be held on Saturday, May 22, from 1 to 3 PM and is open to children ages 4 to 15, accompanied by a supervising adult. All proceeds will benefit the vital programs and services of 180 Turning Lives Around, a Monmouth County nonprofit organization that helps women and families affected by domestic or sexual violence.

“We are thrilled to be offering this day for families to come out and support other families,” said Connie DeSpirito Heath, 180’s Director of Development, “and we are so grateful for the generous vision of our host sponsor Jenkinson’s and the Storino family. Our programs serve dozens of children each week and the symbolism of casting your cares to the skies along with those soaring kites is a terrific way for any family to begin their summer!”

The fun-filled activities will be held at the north end of the beach, located at 3 Broadway, Point Pleasant Beach. Tickets for children are $25 each and include:

¨ Kite and entry into the contest (separated by age group, with prizes from local stores)

¨ Entry into a family kite-fly, with the chance to win tickets to a Yankees vs. Mets game

¨ A wristband for unlimited rides at Jenkinson’s Amusement Pier from 3 PM to closing

¨ A slice of pizza and soda

¨ A “Treasure Dig” on the beach, games, activities and more!


“Jenkinson’s Boardwalk is proud to be a part of this wonderful organization and we look forward to making this an annual event," said Marilou Halvorsen, Director of Marketing for Jenkinson’s.

The culmination of this event will be a joint “kite-fly” by all participants, a symbolic gesture of letting one’s spirit soar in the face of adversity that reflects 180’s mission to end domestic and sexual violence in Monmouth County.

For more information about contest times by age group, the rain date or to buy tickets, log onto www.180nj.org and click “News and Events.” On-site registration begins at 12:30 PM. Readers may also reserve their places by calling Barbara Lovell-Napoli at (732) 264-4360 ext. 4233 or emailing her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..