Cape Assist’s “Endless Summer Benefit” Returns Sept. 22

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Sturdy Savings Bank presents Cape Assist with a $5,000 donation to support their 8th Annual Summer Benefit this September. (Photo courtesy Laura Bishop Communications)

Cape Assist announced the return of the annual Endless Summer Benefit, an opportunity for guests to get to know the nonprofit and how they can take part in building a healthier and safer community for Cape May County’s youth and families.

Sturdy Savings Bank pledged its support for the event earlier this month with a $5,000 donation to support their 8th Annual Summer Benefit this September, according to a news release.

On Thursday, Sept. 22 at the Icona Windrift in Avalon, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., community members are invited to the benefit, which continues to grow with the help of many individuals and businesses.

As part of its mission, Cape Assist is dedicated to preventing and treating substance misuse and related issues in Cape May County through education, advocacy, counseling, and community collaboration.

Cape Assist’s goal for the event is to raise awareness for the services and programs they provide, as well as raising money to sustain these free programs and services.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was suspended for the past two years, but organization members say they are extremely grateful to be able to hold it in time to celebrate Cape Assist’s 40th anniversary.

“What an amazing way to highlight 40 amazing years,” said Katie Faldetta, executive director and CEO of Cape Assist. “Our team has been working so hard over the last few months to bring back this event, but we couldn’t do it without our amazing sponsors, supporters and Cape Assist Family. The Summer Benefit is an amazing way to give back and provide strong support for those who need it most.”

Event organizers said they are grateful for the support and thoughtfulness of many major donors, including Sturdy Savings Bank and Icona Windrift.

Because of the many donors, Cape Assist can continue the work they do and provide the much-needed services and programs throughout Cape May County, the release states.

“Over the years, this event has really brought the community together and has provided an opportunity to expand our narrative, while showcasing all that Cape Assist has to offer,” said Tusa Magalogo-Fitisemanu, Cape Assist’s director of communications. “We have so many amazing partnerships and volunteers, and we’re honored to be able to bring everyone together for one night out to celebrate these accomplishments and milestones.”

Cape Assist continues to request the help of community members and businesses by simply promoting the event, purchasing a ticket, making a monetary or in-kind donation for the live auction run by John Lynch, or becoming an event sponsor.

The deadline for sponsorship is Friday, August 26. Cape Assist is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and all donations are considered tax deductible.

If you are interested in donating an item for the live auction and would like to request arrangements for pick-up, please call (609) 522-5960 or email benefit@capeassist.org.