Friday, January 3, 2020

Post 184 raises $10,000 for building fund in 2019 from events, fundraisers


WILDWOOD, NJ - American Legion Post 184 is ringing in the new year announcing their success of new events and fundraisers held in 2019. The Post raised over $10,000 from initiatives that started in June 2019 and is looking forward to continuing the efforts in 2020.

Although $10,000 is just a small portion of funds needed for building repairs, every little bit helps. Post 184 is housed in a building over 80 years old. Through the years the Post has taken a beating, and simple repair jobs are no longer enough. The building needs numerous repairs that will total over $100,000. Although the building is in a safe, working condition, repairs need to be made to prevent future issues.

In 2019, Post 184 held new events to act as fundraisers and provide entertainment to the Wildwood community. Comedy Nights were hosted every other Thursday and featured regional comedians. A Wildwood Summer Benefit Dinner was held in July and brought in close to $5,000 in donations. In September, the Legion Riders hosted their first ever Pig Roast on the lawn during Bike Week, and donated their proceeds to the building fund as well.

Last month the Post kicked off their annual Christmas Cash 50/50 with a ticket increase from $1 to $5 or five tickets for $20. This change in ticket price earned the Post a few hundred dollars over last year’s revenue, totaling about $1,700 in funds.

Thanks to the constant use of press releases and the generous local publications for writing editorials, Post 184 received donations from around the area directed towards the building fund. This included a $1,000 donation from each American Legion Post 1597 and the Sons of the American Legion Post 1597 in Crontonville (Ossining), New York. The checks were presented by Rich Garrett to Sr Vice Commander Donnie McNeill during the summer (photo).

“We are proud of the work done at Post 184 and have specific people to thank for that,” said Commander Harry Weimar. “We will continue working as a team in 2020 with events and fundraisers. Post 184 is still very far away from our needs for our building, but we are getting there.”

For 2020, Post 184 plans on hosting a benefit dinner, a hoagie sale, dance parties, monthly raffles in the Canteen, and other themed summertime events. Fundraising initiatives will be announced in April. Also in 2020, Post 184 will host a membership drive to attract new, active members.

More information on Post 184 can be found online at

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