Manahawkin Applebee’s Raises Over $5K For Ocean Of Love

Mike McKee, Area Director at Applebee’s; Richard McCleary, Assistant General Manager at Manahawkin Applebee’s; Tracy Ratz, Director at Ocean of Love; Danielle Baer and Taylor Hearn, Caseworkers at Ocean of Love. (Photo courtesy BML Public Relations)

MANAHAWKIN – Manahawkin Applebee’s has been holding fundraising events for Ocean of Love over the past ten years. To raise funds, Rich McCleary, Assistant General Manager of the store, completed his fourth 100-mile ultra-marathon in June to raise money and awareness for charity, which helps children and their families in Ocean County suffering from cancer. Rich began his route at the Sunset Pavilion on Cape May Beach and finished at his very own Manahawkin Applebee’s.

Seven years ago, McCleary was 135 pounds overweight and completely out of shape. He had a health scare in which he was faced with two serious options: not change his unhealthy habits and live a shorter life, or take back control of his health, eat right and get in shape. He chose the latter and in the process fell in love with distance running.

Earlier this month, McCleary presented a check for $5,295 to Ocean of Love. Over the past three years, Manahawkin Applebee’s has raised over $50,195 for the non-profit.

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