SEASIDE PARK– One thousand six hundred and nine people stood on a windy, but warm, sunny beach in Seaside Park, NJ in hopes to break the Guinness World Record for simultaneous sand angels. The official number is yet to be validated by Guinness, but it well surpassed the current record of 1,387 in Ludington, Michigan.
During the pre-event ceremony, spectators gathered together with members from Ocean First Bank, the Salvation Army, New Jersey Natural Gas and Ocean County Long Term Recovery Group. Kindergarten students from Pine Beach Elementary School in Pine Beach, NJ recited the Pledge of Allegiance and the Ocean County Vocational Technical School Performance Arts Society performed the Star Spangled Banner.
Over $30,000 was raised in support of the people and businesses still affected by Superstorm Sandy and the recent hurricanes.
“As New Jersey’s leading community bank, OceanFirst was proud to play a major role in helping our neighbors and local businesses get back on their feet following Superstorm Sandy in October of 2012,” said Christopher D. Maher, Chairman & CEO of OceanFirst Bank. “Five years later, there are still people and businesses working to fully recover from the devastation caused by Sandy. We thought this would be a fun event and great way to pull the region together to help raise money for those affected by Superstorm Sandy and the recent hurricanes.
“We appreciate the support we’ve received to date from the community and our sponsorship partners, New Jersey Natural Gas, Townsquare Media and Causeway,” Maher continued. “We look forward to shattering the Guinness World Record for Sand Angels, and raising much needed funds for these worthwhile organizations and the people and businesses they support.”