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Celebration of Hope Walk 2018

Despite the cloudy skies and rainy weather conditions, the message of HOPE shined through at HOPE Sheds Light’s 5th Annual Celebration of HOPE Walk held on September 8th on the Seaside Heights boardwalk. The event featured guest speakers in recovery, including Jersey Shore star Mike Sorrentino and fiancée Lauren Pesce, as well as onsite vendors and supporters.

The Celebration of HOPE Walk was held on the Hiering Avenue beach in Seaside Heights. All participants received a yellow HOPE Sheds Light walk t-shirt at the event, and resources were available for family members and friends of those dealing with addiction and substance abuse. The event, moderated by HOPE Sheds Light Co-founder Stephen Willis, began with a prayer Pastor Sue from Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Toms River. Congressman Tom MacArthur also gave opening remarks.

During the walk, HOPE Sheds Light Co-founder Arvo Prima shared his story about his oldest son’s addiction and going through the 12 steps. The event also highlighted speakers Dawn Wilson and Brian Percox (to hear their inspirational stories, video footage of the walk is available on HOPE Sheds Light’s Facebook page). Mike Sorrentino and Lauren Pesce gave closing remarks before Dory Rachel sang the National Anthem to launch the two-mile walk.

In response to those who are struggling, HOPE Sheds Light says to be successful in recovery, you have to want change and believe that change is possible. “It’s hope that gives us the energy to move forward,” said Willis. “HOPE Sheds Light exists as families in recovery to share our joys and our fears and what works and what doesn’t. By doing so we get to share about our great many blessings with you. If your struggling or worried about a family member or you’ve lost a child or friend, you get to decide how each day looks like. Will you decide to live with sadness and resentment or with hope? The latter is a great way to live. It’s what HOPE is. We have all learned to love again and we want you to be part of it. Together we will make this community stronger, healthier, more vibrant and energized. The amazing people of HOPE celebrate the recovery of the whole family each and every day and we want to celebrate your family as our own.”

5th Annual Celebration of HOPE Walk Sponsors


Major Sponsors


  • Advanced Health & Education
  • All County Exteriors
  • Allied Beverage Group
  • Ammon Labs
  • Aquatecture Associates, Inc.
  • Archer and Greiner, P.C.
  • AtlantiCare
  • Audi Toms River/Ray Catena Dealership Group
  • Barlo, Governale & Associates
  • Barrett Drywall NJ, Inc.
  • Bruce and Roxanne Rosetto
  • Cardinale & Associates LLC
  • Carluccio, Leone, Dimon, Doyle & Sacks, L.L.C.
  • Carrier Clinic
  • Causeway Ford
  • Center City Recovery
  • Colorco, Inc.
  • Community Medical Center
  • Congressman Tom MacArthur
  • Corinne Jewelers
  • D’Onofrio Foundation
  • Design 446
  • Discovery Institute
  • Domenico Winery
  • Douglas, Ann and Kristin Earle
  • Dover Contracting Company, Inc.
  • Erbe Builders
  • Fairways at Bey Lea
  • Fire Pro Tech, Inc.
  • Foundation Title
  • GamerNook EsportsCenter
  • George and Alena Josephsen
  • Glendenning Mortgage Corporation
  • Henno A. Prima, D.M.D., PA
  • Hiering, Dupignac, Stanzione, Dunn & Beck, P.C.
  • Holman, Frenia, Allison, P.C.
  • House of HOPE of Ocean County, Inc.
  • Homes For All
  • IHOP
  • Jersey Shore Lawn & Sprinkler
  • Jim Hughes Plumbing and Heating
  • Kitchens by Frank
  • Kiwanis Club of Greater Toms River
  • Lakeland Bank
  • Lawes Environmental Services, LLC
  • Lennar
  • Lester Glenn Auto Group
  • Maranatha Stairs
  • Marathon Engineering and Environmental Services
  • Martin Agency, Inc.
  • Maser Consulting PA
  • Michael J. Wright Construction Co., Inc.
  • MP Contract Flooring
  • Napco Copy Graphics
  • New Jersey Natural Gas
  • Novins, York and Jacobus
  • Ocean Mental Health Services
  • OceanFirst Foundation
  • Oliverie Funeral Home
  • Oscar’s Electrical Service
  • Paschon Realty
  • Penn Medicine – Princeton House
  • Perlmutter Family Properties
  • Preferred Behavioral Health
  • Provident Bank
  • R.C. Shea & Associates
  • Seabrook
  • Shore Hills Painting
  • Specialty Systems
  • StarNet Solutions Inc.
  • Structural Solutions of NJ
  • Summit Oaks Hospital
  • Surfside Structured Sober Living
  • TD Bank
  • The Ammon Foundation
  • The Citta Foundation
  • The HOPE Center
  • The Kokes Organization, Inc.
  • The Lighting Center at Warshauer Electric
  • The Office Restaurant & Lounge
  • The Rotary Club of Toms River
  • Tony Kamand Realty LLC
  • Topcon
  • USI Insurance Services
  • Ventura Wealth Management
  • Vino Lungo, LLC
  • Vision Financial Services
  • Walters Homes
  • Withum Audit Tax Advisory
  • WJH Engineering


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