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The Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation's $10,000 Engage Toms River Program Builds on its Success


(TOMS RIVER, NJ) – On January 15, at Ocean County College, The Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation hosted the event of the winter season, the $10,000 Engage Toms River YouTube Challenge Awards Ceremony.

Toms River Mayor Thomas Kelaher, OCC's President Dr. Jon Larson, and hundreds of arts supporters from Toms River came to support the 17 Producers who were vying for the coveted $10,000 Engage Toms River Grand Prize; a $1000 scholarship to Ocean County College; and two $500 GoPro Vouchers.

And the winners were:

The $10,000 Engage Toms River Grand Prize Award went to Exit 82 for "Home".

The $1000 OCC Scholarship Producer's Award went to Vlastimil Vrskovy.

The $500 GoPro Voucher for WOBM's Shawn v. Sue went to Devin Striker.

And with over 7000 votes, Hooper Avenue Elementary School won the $500 GoPro Voucher for the Viewer's Choice Award.

Jeremy Grunin, Executive Director of the Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation surprised everyone when he asked the students from Hooper Avenue to stand up. Jeremy stated, "The $500 GoPro Voucher won't adequately thank the real talent in the video, the kids!" Jeremy continued, "So would you guys mind if we throw a pizza party for the whole school?" The students erupted with contagious excitement!

Jay Grunin, Co-Founder of The Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation, stated "It has always been Linda and my hope and intent to bring some of New York City's magic to Toms River, our home since the first day of our marriage 45 years ago. We are just thrilled to see first-hand and acknowledge the talent and community spirit shown in this, our first Engage Toms River endeavor."

Visit www.jayandlindagruninfoundation.org to see the winning videos.


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Event calendar
Thursday, Oct 17, 2019


MUSIC

RICHARD LLOYD OF TELEVISION @ The Saint, Asbury Park - 7:30pm

Last Whispers @ Alexander Kasser Theater, Montclair - 7:30pm

TENTH AVENUE NORTH @ Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC), Morristown - 7:00pm

ICON 2019: The Battle of NJ's Best Musical Theater Voices @ Hamilton Stage @ Union County Performing Arts Center (UCPAC), Rahway - 8:00pm

It Was Fifty Years Ago Today Tour 2019 @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 8:00pm


THEATRE


Chasing Rainbows: The Road To Oz @ Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn - 7:30pm

Layer the Walls (Schools n Stage) @ Jay & Linda Grunin Center For The Arts At Ocean County College, Toms River - 10:00am and 12:00pm

FLEABAG @ Pollak Theatre @ Monmouth University, West Long Branch - 7:30pm







COMEDY

The Housewives of Secaucus @ The Avenel Performing Arts Center, Avenel - 8:00pm

JF Party Dragon Presents: Comedy for a Cause with Brad Williams @ Jay & Linda Grunin Center For The Arts At Ocean County College, Toms River - 8:00pm


FILM

Films That Made Music: Quadrophenia @ Hopewell Theater, Hopewell - 7:00pm

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