Atlantic Highlands, NJ  – Businesses at the Eastpointe Shopping Center in Atlantic Highlands came together for the charity event “Eastpointe Raising Hope” to raise money to improve the lives of children facing challenging circumstances. This fun-filled family oriented event – which was held in the Eastpointe Shopping Center parking lot – included DJ entertainment, a giant inflatable slide, dunk tank and other rides, games, and attractions, in addition to raffles, silent auctions, and giveaways.

Pete Ruvolo with Dunk Tank volunteer Lindsay Gunn from Ruvolo’s Pizza & Restaurant.

Raffles included tickets for four lucky winners to the Bon Jovi and Kid Rock concert on July 9th at the new Meadowlands Stadium. The tickets were only $5 each and 100% of the proceeds went to charity.  In addition, Eastpointe Health & Fitness held a pre-event Spin-a-thon and gave chair massages with the proceeds going to charity.



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Hope for Children Foundation NJ was founded by a group of young entrepreneurs who wanted to make a difference in the lives of children enduring challenging circumstances. To date HFCF has donated over three quarters of a million dollars to local charities and families in need of assistance in Monmouth County. Now more than ever the foundation needs the support of local businesses and individuals as budgets are being cut while the needs of the children keep growing.

Paul Mazzella, Owner of Eastpointe Health & Fitness with Dan Bedea, Massage Therapist at Eastpointe Chiropractic, Donna Noll from Eastpointe Chiropractic, and her son, Michael Noll.

“It’s our way of giving back to the community; it especially feels good to be helping children and making their lives better”, says Paul Mazzella Owner of Eastpointe Health & Fitness. Peter Ruvolo of Ruvolo’s Pizza and Restaurant  has been instrumental in liaising with the charity and Eastpointe businesses to put the event together. “It’s great that more and more businesses are pulling together to make a difference through a wonderful charity”, says Ruvolo.

Proceeds from rides, games, and attractions, as well as raffles and silent auctions benefited the Hope for Children Foundation NJ. For more information visit http://www.eastpointehealthandfitness.com/eastpointe-charity-event/.

The following businesses participated in the event: Eastpointe Health & Fitness, Ruvolo’s Pizzeria & Restaurant, Beaver Concrete Construction Co., Anjelica’s Restaurant, Talercio’s Italian Deli, Off The Hook, Capelli’s Landscaping, Atlantic Bagels, Coconut Beach Tanning, Kyoto Sushi, Sabatians Hair Salon, Party Fair, Dawg House, American Medi- Care Supply.

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Allan Dean is editor, publisher, and founder of the Atlantic Highlands Herald. Published since 1999 and selected in 2000 by the Borough of Atlantic Highlands as one of their official newspapers, making...