Five Mile Beat > Group supports senior girls. Chesney has a big impact

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Kenny Chesney on the big screen. Kenny Chesney on the big screen.  Each year, the Cape Women’s Resource Fund celebrates young women in Cape May County by providing scholarships for college bound high school seniors.

This year, the group had more applicants than ever, and they were able to give six $1,000 scholarships. The women who were honored included: Kimberly Dascher of Wildwood Crest, graduating Cape May Tech and planning to attend Stockton College, Abigail Dubrille of Beesleys Point, who attended Ocean City High School and will attend Lancaster Bible College, Sarah Ford of Seaville, who went to Ocean City High and will attend University of Pittsburgh, Megan Norton from Petersburg, another from OCHS who will attend College of Charleston, Hannah Padrnos of Wildwood Catholic High and set to attend Wake Forest and Shannah Rose of Lower Cape May Regional High who plans to attend University of Virginia.

This year the fund was later than usual getting the dinner together and some of the applicants were at other places. Hannah Padrnos was in Colorado working for a Christian summer camp and Sarah Ford was at University of Pittsburgh going through orientation.  The other recipients were in attendance and they were asked to write an essay on how they felt about Selective Service and the idea of a national service requirement: Should people go into the military to serve their country, and/or serve the public in some way that is required by law? This says it all. This says it all.

Abigail Dubrille felt that Americans should be required to either join the military or serve in the public sector. Shannah Rose wrote of being a 2nd grader on Sept. 11, 2001 and how more than a decade later thousands of soldiers have fought and lost their lives in Afghanistan in order to preserve the security of Americans and to uphold extreme pride across the country. Megan Norton felt that there should be a federal regulation requiring two years of service in the military or another public service so that high school graduates would have the opportunity to give to others. This, in turn, would benefit both the individual and society, she said. On the other hand, Kim Dascher writes that “our youth deserve to follow their individual paths, and live according to the laws of personal independence.”

The girls were all with their mothers and members of Cape Women’s Resource Fund, that included, Rita Fulginiti, Sandy Cistone, Joann Morelli, Mary Conley, Christine Cote’, Barbara Tomalino, Peggy Quinn, Marilyn Sweeney, Lynda Pagliughi, Cecelia Napoleon, Suzanne Walters, Jane Vitullo, Tammy Allison, Lenore Boninfante, Kathleen Donohue and yours truly. The mission of CWRF is to promote equal rights for women and has a scholarship program that ensures educational opportunities are available to young women.

On Wednesday, the whole island seemed to turn out for the Kenny Chesney concert on the Wildwood beach. American Express gave out 20,000 tickets to card holders for free but there were more than that amount available through contests and giveaways. Those that did not have tickets watched from the rail of the boardwalk to see the concert on huge screens and the crowd was terrific.

It was a feather in the cap for the city of Wildwood to host the concert. The merchants on the boards and in town at restaurants appreciated the additional business.

Many of those attending the concert were from out of town and the traffic all day was steady coming into town.  There were also many locals who came including Kim Sloan, Sue Walden (back from New Hampshire for a while) and Christine Wise. Ray Tomlin was with Erin and Alycia McPherson, and Lauren Anzelone. Also going to the concert was Lou and Mary Belasco. Lainey McAvoy posed with Marty Frita, Kelly New and Lisa Konczyk. 

Enjoying dinner at Jersey Girl were Tara and Steve Galman along with Pat Mizzone and Jim Morey. They all met up with Jeanne and Michael John. Several of the Wildwood Crest Police were also at Jersey Girl that was the hot spot of the night. It was a terrific night, and the crowds were very orderly.

Wildwood Crest's finest Bob Mulholland, Ron Becker and Ryan Sheets.
Wildwood Crest's finest Bob Mulholland, Ron Becker and Ryan Sheets.

Raymond Tomlin, Erin and Alycia McPherson, Lauren Anzelone, Lou and Mary Belasco head for the concert.
Raymond Tomlin, Erin and Alycia McPherson, Lauren Anzelone, Lou and Mary Belasco head for the concert.

Christine Wise, Kim Sloan and Sue Walden. Christine Wise, Kim Sloan and Sue Walden.

Tara Galman, Jim Morey, Patrick Mizzone and Terry Toland at Jersey Girl before the concert.
Tara Galman, Jim Morey, Patrick Mizzone and Terry Toland at Jersey Girl before the concert.

Steve Galman with Mike and Jeanne John before the concert.
Steve Galman with Mike and Jeanne John before the concert.

Lynda Pagliughi and Barbara Tomalino join Jeanne Donohue, Peggy Quinn, and Marilyn Sweeney, seated.
Lynda Pagliughi and Barbara Tomalino join Jeanne Donohue, Peggy Quinn, and Marilyn Sweeney, seated.


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