Providence House Honors OCBA & CAREing for Children

Providence House honored OCBA’s in-house charity, CAREing for Children, at its annual Survivor Celebration on October 20 at the Presbyterian Church of Toms River.

CAREing for Children (CFC) provided toys and food to Providence House families during the 2015 holidays.

A division of Catholic Charities, Providence House provides individual and family support services and shelter to the victims of domestic violence.

CFC raises funds throughout the year and donates food boxes, toys, and other gifts to families in need during the holidays. Its largest fundraiser event is the annual Marty Aronow Charity Golf Classic held in May.

Attending the Survivor Celebration were CFC chairperson Clare Bojus, OCBA president Regina Gelzer, and OCBA member and Providence House board member Tim Bradshaw.

“Survivors got up and talked about their experiences with domestic violence and abuse, their escape journeys, and how Providence House helped them,” says Regina. “It was a very moving, emotional ceremony.”

(l. to r.) Mary Pettrow and Jennifer Bauer, both of Providence House. Tim Bradshaw, Regina Gelzer and Clare Bojus of OCBA.

Take the Seagan Plunge!

OCBA past president and board member Lisa McComsey is coauthor (with chef Amy Cramer) of Seagan Eating: The Lure of a Healthy, Sustainable Seafood + Vegan Diet, published by Penguin Random House in July 2016. Lisa and Amy’s first book, The Vegan Cheat Sheet, debuted July 2013.

The book presents a thoughtful, well-informed case for making seaganism the new gold standard for sustainable, satisfying, and healthy eating.

In this guide, Lisa and Amy share tips on how to shop, cook, and eat better and more mindfully as seagans, proving you can eat luxuriously and healthfully every single day. Readers learn:

  • The health benefits of seafood
  • The best (and worst) fish for health and sustainability
  • Seagan grocery staples and best practices for buying seafood
  • Fish in a Flash – five easy preparations and recipe hacks
  • 21 days of seagan menus, plus decadent, crowd-pleasing seagan and vegan recipes
  • 23 vegan foods you should ditch and why

Ideal for anyone looking for an easier introduction to the vegan diet, who wants to make incremental changes to their diets, or who simply can’t accommodate an all-or-nothing approach, Seagan Eating is the perfect guide to help punch up your nutritional intake while still maintaining a well-balanced, sustainable, and mostly vegan diet. For more information, visit www.seaganeating.com.

OCBA lends a hand more than 3,000 times!

The Ocean County Business Association is Ocean County’s premier business networking group. However, that doesn’t mean it’s all about business. The 60+-member-strong organization of business owners and senior decision makers is also committed to giving back to the communities—through its non-profit arm called CAREing for Children (CFC).

Chaired by longtime OCBA member Clare Bojus, CFC’s primary purpose is to provide gifts for children at Christmastime. In 2015, the group handed out more than 3,000 toys through various agencies.

“The number of families we help is enormous,” says Bojus. The majority of toys are delivered through other agencies, including the Island Heights United Methodist Church, Preferred Behavioral Health, the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office, DYFS of Toms River, O.C.E.A.N. Inc., Providence House, Lakehurst police Department, Lakehurst First Aid Squad, Lakehurst VFW, Lakehurst Fleet Rescue, Beachwood and Pine Beach police, The Hope Center of Toms River, Seaside Park police and borough, and many individual families.

“The gifts are always unwrapped, so everyone can see what they are receiving,” explains Bojus. “We categorize them by age group, sex, baby or young adult,” she adds, “which helps the agencies tailor the gifts to their recipients.”

Bojus, who has chaired the charity for the past 15 years, says CFC started small and just kept growing. “In the ‘90s, Paul Losseff, our resident eyeglass and hearing-aid dispenser, suggested we each bring an unwrapped gift to our holiday party. After a few years, the pile of gifts became so large that Phil Brilliant, our environmental consultant, loaned us his truck and we began delivering gifts.”

Now CAREing for Children is a year-round endeavor. Bojus visits toy trade shows, where she orders thousands of toys at wholesale prices. They are delivered and housed at Bojus’s facility. She owns The Creative Basket, which supplies gift baskets for all occasions.

Every May, OCBA holds its biggest fundraiser of the year—a golf outing—and all proceeds go to CFC. In 2016 , the event raised more than $20,000 in its second year. “The rest of the donations are made up through the generosity of OCBA members throughout the year,” she adds.

CFC also supplies many food pantries in the area. “This started when one of our members was able to secure a large block of donated food,” explains Bojus. We now supplement donations with purchased goods and distribute them through St. Joseph’s Church in Toms River, St. Steven’s Church in Whiting, and Morning Star Presbyterian Church in Bayville.

“It’s been a very rewarding experience,” she concludes. “It’s wonderful to put a smile on a child’s face and food in his or her stomach. But it’s also wonderful to see the generosity and commitment of my fellow members.”

OCBA Golf Outing Raises $20,000 +

The Ocean County Business Association (OCBA) raised $20,087 for the charity, almost double from what was raised last year, at its Marty Aronow CAREing for Children Golf Classic, held recently at the Pine Barrens Country Club, Jackson.

The golf outing was renamed the Marty Aronow CAREing for Children Golf Classic in honor of past OCBA president Marty Aronow, who passed away last year. It was Marty Aronow who was the driving force in establishing this golf outing as a fundraiser for CAREing for Children, a 501(c)3 charity OCBA has supported since 2001, that provides needy families with food and holiday gifts for their children.

Last year, OCBA members personally donated more than $6,000 to purchase food boxes and hundreds of toys at trade shows and other venues. The toys were given to organizations, including the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department; State of New Jersey, Department of Children, DYFS of Toms River and Lakewood; The Hope Center, Toms River; Providence House; Seaside Heights Police Department, Ocean Inc. of Barnegat and Toms River; St. Joseph’s Church, Toms River; Morning Star Presbyterian Church, Bayville, and the Lakehurst Police Department.

In Memoriam

Martin Lee Aronow, Aronow Business Advisors, LLC
1946–2014

Marty (front row, yellow tie) posing with his board members and officers at the 2013 OCBA Holiday Party.
Photo courtesy of Angie Lombardi Photography

One of the good guys is gone—and OCBA has lost one of its greatest champions. He fought a battle against an invisible foe. And while it took his body, Marty's legacy of strong family and an impeccable work ethic lives on in his children, colleagues, clients, and friends.

The owner and principal consultant of Aronow Business Advisors since 2005, Marty was a master troubleshooter, problem-solver, and team builder who helped scores of business owners set and meet goals—whether for growth, turnaround, or retirement. Guided by his motto, "Problems don't fix themselves; they get worse," clients learned that good planning and consistent follow-through are the keys to success. Prior to launching his own business, Marty served as a professional-services executive for three decades, with vast experience in technology, construction, and contracting.

Clients and colleagues admired Marty for his expertise and loved him for his kindness. While tough in business—and unafraid to take on even the toughest challenges—he cared deeply for those he worked with and was praised for his listening skills, great sense of humor, and passion for the job. One client put it simply: "Spending time with Marty will make you better.

He was one OCBA's most influential members. When he joined the organization in 2009, Marty immediately dove in and began volunteering. He co-chaired the marketing committee, became a member of the board of trustees, served as vice president, and was elected president in 2013. Under his leadership, OCBA teed off its first annual golf outing in May 2014, which raised more than $10,000 for CAREing for Children—OCBA's charitable arm that provides holiday gifts and food baskets to families in need. A true professional in every sense of the word, Marty was always impeccably dressed, usually in suit and tie, and gave generously of his time and talent.

In 2010, Marty and his wife, Lisa, founded the Aronow Family Foundation in memory of Marty's cousin and best friend, Evelyn N. Aronow. The organization supports the work of advocacy and education for people with disabilities. He was also a mentor for SCORE, Service Corps of Retired Executives.

Donations in Marty's name can be made to the New Jersey Commission on Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities (NJCRID), P.O. Box 26 Kendall Park NJ 08824 or CAREing for Children, P.O. Box 1291, Toms River, NJ 08754-1291.

Annual Open House a Huge Success


More than 75 business owners and managers attended OCBA's annual open house in April. With a keynote speech by noted author and motivational speaker Barry Farber, it was an action packed lunch meeting. Acting President Chad White of Safe Harbor Wealth Management kicked the activities off. The main purpose of the event is for potential members to attend an OCBA luncheon, meet with existing members and learn about how the organization fosters business exchange in Ocean County. More than 35 prospective members and guests attended.

Bruce Rush, of Autoshred, introduced the guest speaker. Bruce worked with Barry many years ago for a copier company before both of them caught the entrepreneurial bug and started their own businesses.

The open house is just one of many activities OCBA holds each year to promote business exchange in Ocean County. The group is unique in that we are category exclusive, and we are entirely dedicated to business referrals. To find out more about membership click here.

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Ocean County Business Association
P.O. Box 1291
Toms River, N.J. 08754-1291
Phone: 1.866.606.OCBA
E-mail: info@oceancountybusinessassociation.com