Seabrook Residents Once Again Trot Their Way to Help Deliver Turkeys to Monmouth County Needy

Annual Event Helps Collect 424 Turkeys for Monmouth County Charities

TINTON FALLS, NJ - In its ongoing effort to reach out to help the community, Seabrook Village once again did its part to help families during the 13th Annual Turkey Trot.  The event is a yearly fun event where residents collect turkeys for underprivileged families for the upcoming holiday season. Four hundred and twenty four turkeys were loaded up by residents and staff and then shipped out to the Bradley Food Pantry and Interfaith Neighbors - two Monmouth County organizations that help the needy. The Turkey Trot event, which is one of Seabrook's largest happenings all year, got off to a spirited holiday start, but was it the right holiday? Santa Clause made an appearance on a Seabrook grounds and maintenance flatbed truck adorned with garland and he greeted residents.  This didn't sit well with the "turkey."  The annual protagonist, who in past years has been chased by chefs, led marching bands and even ridden in the back of a convertible. The Seabrook Turkey quickly appeared on the scene and interrupted Santa's visit and the then the festivities began. Participants then began their walk around Seabrook's property to raise awareness for hunger.  They had the opportunity to choose from one of three walking courses: The Turkey Course, the shorter Chicken Course, or the slightly shorter Cornish Hen Course.  Once the walks were completed the turkeys were loaded and shipped out to the organizations. Since the Turkey Trot began in 1999, including this year's event, Seabrook has handed out more than 3,600 turkeys to various organizations throughout the county. "This annual event helps two worthwhile organizations fulfill a need that assists those in the county who are struggling," Seabrook Executive Director Art Sparks said. "It is during the holidays that people usually tend to think about those in need a little bit more, but our residents and staff pride themselves on helping the community throughout the year, and gain tremendous satisfaction from ongoing efforts like the Turkey Trot." Seabrook Director of Resident Life Gary Engelstad said, "In addition to answering a call for help, the Turkey Trot is an important event at Seabrook because it serves as an activity that contributes to the health and wellbeing of our residents by allowing them to be active participants and get exercise in a fun and unique way." "During the current economic climate it is difficult for some to afford meals and so we take comfort in thinking that we are helping to make for a happier holiday for those in need," said Ann Marie Matthews, Seabrook volunteer program coordinator.  "An event like the annual turkey trot is a perfect way for the residents and staff of Seabrook to share their gifts with the outside community and help make a holiday brighter for a family in need." The Bradley Food Pantry was established in 1982 and the organization is made up of approximately 85 volunteers who serve people throughout Monmouth County. Interfaith Neighbors, Inc. is a non-profit corporation founded in May 1988.  Its supporting members number more than 90 religious congregations of varying denominations. In addition, there are hundreds of private donors as well as corporations, charitable gift trusts and foundations. Interfaith Neighbors, Inc. works to make a difference in the lives of the working poor, the elderly, disadvantaged youth and neighborhoods in need of revitalization in Monmouth County. The Turkey Trot is only one of many volunteer efforts that residents take part in at the community throughout the year. More than 1,400 people live at Seabrook, an Erickson Living full-service retirement community that promotes a vibrant lifestyle.  Erickson Living develops and manages 16 full-service retirement communities that provide worry-free living for America's seniors - the country's fastest-growing population segment.  Erickson Living's refundable entrance deposit and predictable monthly service fees provide residents across the country financial peace of mind. Comprehensive health and wellness services, integrated into every community, lead to demonstrated resident benefits.  For more information, visit www.ericksonliving.com.