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Perfect Weekend Trifecta

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Good things happened—for all the right reasons—at Shore Dreams for Kids and the Powerboating For A Cure and Boyne Thunder poker runs last weekend. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

Unless you’re into go-fast boating, you don’t generally think of summer as “The Season of Giving.” But if you are into it and live somewhere that isn’t blessed with a temperate year-round climate—you know, pretty much everywhere other than Arizona and Florida (with the exception of summer)—summer really is the giving season. And we’re in the thick of it right now. Just look at what happened last Saturday.

For 13 years, the good people behind Shore Dreams for Kids have been organizing a day of powerboat rides, carnival-style fun and food for mentally challenged children and adults and their families in Seaside Heights, N.J. Last Saturday, those organizers and an army of volunteers pulled it off again in grand fashion with approximately 900 participants, according to Shore Dreams for Kids board of directors’ president Geralyn Monroe. That the event came off beautifully despite a leadership change—longtime Shore Dreams board members Dave Patnaude and Joe Nasso resigned their positions earlier this year—should surprise absolutely no one. Monroe, John Marotta and the rest of the Shore Dreams board members and Shore Dreams volunteers are as dedicated and competent as they come.

Approximately 30 powerboat owners shared their rides with the participants on Saturday.

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