Customers visiting The Beanery in Point Beach on Sundays will help people battling cancer.
The Beanery, 516 Bay Avenue, will donate $1 to the Cancer Concern Center for every person who dines in the restaurant or places a takeout order on Sundays until Christmas.
In addition, for every gift card worth $25 or more that is purchased on Sundays, The Beanery will donate $1 to the Cancer Concern Center.
From now until Christmas, The Beanery is open to the public from 11 a.m.to 3:30 p.m. Sundays. (Usually, on Sundays, The Beanery is closed to the general public and reserved for private parties.)
Joe DeAnni, of Point Beach, the owner of The Beanery, decided to launch the local fundraiser because his girlfriend, Mary Brenner, just finished a yearlong fight with breast cancer and was helped by the Cancer Concern Center, according to a prepared statement from the Cancer Concern Center.
According to volunteer office manager Lisa Montalbano, a Point Beach resident, “The Cancer Concern Center is extremely grateful to The Beanery for its support. Last Sunday, we had a wonderful lunch at The Beanery, and we hope our friends will come out to support the Cancer Concern Center.
"Every dollar from the Sunday fundraiser will remain in our local community," Montalbano explains.
"So many small non-profits have had to shut down over the past few years, due to a drastic decline in donations," Montalbano noted. "The Cancer Concern Center will enter its 15th year of service to the Point Pleasant area, thanks to the incredible generosity of local supporters like The Beanery."
The Cancer Concern Center focuses exclusively on women and men with cancer who live in the Point Pleasant area.
With a core group of volunteers, the Cancer Concern Center offers support groups, meditation and yoga classes, massage and Reiki therapy, nutritional workshops, and new wigs to local residents regardless of their ability to pay.
Far from an affluent organization, the Cancer Concern Center has no paid staff and minimal overhead, funneling donations into client programs instead of administration.
Ever since its founding in 1998, the Cancer Concern Center has been an independent non-profit run by breast cancer survivors: Lori Jeffries of Brick and Jill McDonough of Lavallette.
They envisioned a warm and welcoming setting that didn’t feel like a hospital – a convenient place for women and men with cancer to discuss their condition, access resources, receive non-judgmental support, and rejuvenate their spirit.
The mission of the Cancer Concern Center is to provide emotional support and wellness programs to women and men affected by cancer.
The Cancer Concern Center was the first non-profit to offer support services to adults with cancer in Northern Ocean County. It is a member of the Ocean Medical Center’s Coalition for Cancer Survivorship.
All contributions are tax-deductible and utilized for local cancer support programs.
For more information on the Cancer Concern Center, which is located at 1101 Richmond Avenue in Point Pleasant Beach, please call 732-701-0250 or like the Cancer Concern Center on Facebook.