LONG BRANCH: Donations, money went into the election to select the favorite president of the seven who make up the St. James Episcopal Chapel on Ocean Avenue in Elberon.
Guests of the Annual Church of the Presidents Cocktail Party gathered at oceanside, the Ocean Beach Club, to provide financial support to continue to restore the church, now a national museum, and to honor the country by recalling with patriotism the history of the earlier leaders of this land. The ballots were cast by donating money and checks inserted in special jars at the table where the presidents' images were displayed.
The Long Branch Historical Museum Association has "done the preliminary work," it said, in stabilizing the building. The restoral campaign must now continue the finish, the inside that will become a community center that preserves the history of those presidents as it also becomes an educational center for school children and a research for those interested in Presidential history.
There is a ways to go, but hope is high, with a goal of completing the work by July 2018.
The year 1879 was the year the church was consecrated. A part of "Long Branch's Gilded Age," the event flyer says. It has been granted its recognition by an Act of Congress. The edifice is listed in the National Registry Historic Places, and the New Jersey Registry of Historic Places, and Save America's Treasures.
All are encouraged to join this year's donors in the mission to preserve the monument.
Donors listed are: (alphabetically) Crazees Ice Cream, Cousin's Landscaping, Damiano Funeral Home, Edward R. Dowling Agency - Insurance, Evergreen Lawn Sprinklers, Jamm Printing, Joe Gavin Painting, Land Control Services, The Long Branch Public Library, Mayor Schneider and the City of Long Branch, Moriarty Law Firm, Sacco L:andscspe, Inc., Adam Schneider, Esq., Resources Realty - Kathy Grabowy and Siperstein's.
The Presidents are Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James Garfield, Chester Arthur, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, and Woodrow Wilson.