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Make-A-Wish Beach Ball 2013

Driven by the belief that a wish can make life a whole lot better, Make-A-Wish grants wishes to children with life-threatening diseases. The Jersey Shore Specialist and I were honored to attend the NJ Chapter of Make-A-Wish’s 13th annual Beach Ball at Bar Anticipation in Lake Como (Belmar).

Make-a-wish beach ball 2013

They offered food, drinks, a live band, a silent auction, and a whole lot of fun for a great cause. A number of area restaurants – including Harpoon Willies, Remington’s, Fratello’s, and Due Amici, to name a few – were lined along the perimeter of the outside bar, serving up a phenomenal buffet of chicken Marsala, penne Bolognese, barbecue ribs, and so much more. The food was delicious, and the atmosphere was excellent.

Beach Ball was held in the back of Bar Anticipation, aka Grotto Beach. The venue was perfect. Live palm trees, towering rocks, sand, and an authentic Grotto complete with fire and waterfalls created the ambiance. Beach ball wasn’t the only thing Grotto Beach offered. Cool, open cabanas dotted the sand, and an outdoor dance floor invited guests to come rock to the Billy Lawlor Band.

There were great gifts to bid on for the silent auction. A signed Lou Holtz helmet, a framed and signed picture of Springsteen and Bon Jovi, and a guitar signed by James Taylor were just a few of the offerings.

We will definitely be at next year’s event, and hope to see you there too! Bar A is a great time, and Make-A-Wish is a perfect cause. After all, what could be better than an organization that grants wishes!

If you would like to volunteer or donate, you can do so at any time by going to wish.org.