Bagpiper John Giblin in support of Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Bagpiper John Giblin kicks off the Erin Open September 10, 2021

Golf and Pickleball Tournaments Kick-off Signature Irish-themed Fundraisers for Parade 

Rumson, NJ – Since 2013, the annual Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade celebrates the area’s Irish heritage with a host of community activities that also raise awareness and funds for local non-profits.  To kick off the organization’s fundraising season and 2022 Parade, set for Sunday, March 13, 2022, the Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee hosted its annual Erin Open Golf Outing and Pickleball Tournament at the Rumson Country Club on Friday, September 10, 2021. The sold-out tournaments featured an outdoor buffet luncheon on the Club’s terrace, and the Parade Board announced its 2022 beneficiary, Shore House, a unique recovery program offering meaningful social, educational and employment opportunities to restore hope, independence and self-worth for people living with mental illness. 

“The past 18 months of a health pandemic has focused our efforts on supporting groups that help all of us build our resilience and weather life’s challenges.  Mental health challenges can affect anyone and supporting Shore House offers our family, friends, and neighbors throughout Monmouth County the help they need to succeed.” notes Jamie McManus, Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade Board Member.

Helping Monmouth Residents with Mental Wellness

Shore House, the first-of-its-kind in New Jersey, follows an evidence-based success model set by 300 clubhouses that includes free membership without time limits, activities to support friendship and reduce isolation, connections and support to find work, and assistance resuming and/or completing their education. 

“On behalf of our Board, Staff and the members of Shore House, we’re grateful for the hard work of this incredible group of friends and neighbors, and we value your mission to support local organizations. I can assure you that Shore House is one of these exceptional non-profits, and we’re doing important work to tackle the mental health crisis in our communities. At least 1 in 5 people suffer from mental illness, that’s more than 126,000 people in Monmouth County alone. The Shore House model is working for our members, and your support is appreciated now more than ever as we continue to “Make Waves for Mental Wellness” in Monmouth County and beyond,” says Peder Hagberg, Shore House Board President.

Competitive Fun Mark Erin Open and Pickleball Tournaments

Thirty-three foursomes played the course, while more than 30 people played pickleball followed by a live auction and barbecue luncheon on the patio. Funds raised from the Erin Open, additional Celtic-focused events, corporate sponsorships, individual donations, and the annual Parade ad journal collectively benefit the designated charity, Shore House and the cost of the parade. The Committee also provided a grant to the Rumson Education Foundation’s fundraising efforts for the new Forrestdale School outdoor classroom, along with donations to Rumson’s Fire, First Aid and Police Departments. The Committee continues to plan the March 2022 Parade with the continued support of presenting sponsor OceanFirst Bank, and will announce a Grand Marshal later this year. All event information and parade details will be posted on the Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade website and social media pages (@Rumsonst.pats).

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About Shore House, Making Waves for Mental Wellness

With more than 1 in 5 Americans struggling with mental illness, Shore House is a community based, non-residential psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery program that empowers and restores hope, independence and self-worth for people living with a mental illness. Having met the stringent criteria set by our governing body, Clubhouse International, Shore House, based in Long Branch, is the first and only accredited Clubhouse in New Jersey. The Clubhouse model is listed in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices as an effective modality of support. This model has been implemented in 34 countries around the world, with 330 Clubhouses serving over 100,000 members. We currently have 145 members at Shore House, growing steadily. Membership is free, voluntary and without time limits. 

About the Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade (@Rumsonst.pats) celebrates Irish heritage and provides charitable gifts to local organizations improving our community. To date the Parade has provided more than $150,000 in support to over 22 local organizations that also strongly believe in the spirt of giving. Thanks to the generosity of local businesses, individual donors, corporate sponsors, participants and volunteers, The Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a community event that will continue to give back for decades to come. 

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