Jenkinson’s Boardwalk Owners Give to Children’s Greatest Need Fund

The Storino Family

May 26, 2022

For many families vacationing on the Jersey Shore, summer simply wouldn’t be summer without a visit to Jenkinson’s Boardwalk at Point Pleasant Beach. It’s the quintessential land of fun where people from across the region come for the beach, boardwalk, rides, mini golf, arcade games, aquarium, ropes course and more.

“Jenkinson’s has been on the boardwalk for nearly 100 years and draws people from all over the state of New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York,” says Pasquale “PJ” Storino, whose family has owned and operated the East Coast attraction since the ’70s.

Just 20 minutes up the road sits K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, which coincidentally has a similar mission: “They’re both wonderful places that are designed for families,” PJ says.

Philanthropy is important to the Storino family, and they were looking for a way to give back to the local community. Partnering with the Children’s Hospital that provides nationally recognized care made perfect sense.

So the Storino family made a generous gift to the Greatest Need Fund at the Children’s Hospital. The fund supports a variety of pediatric programs, including the child life program and support groups, as well as unexpected needs like capital equipment purchases. The fund allows the hospital to help patients wherever it’s needed without restrictions.

“My family and I hope that our gift to the Children’s Hospital helps provide top-quality health care close to home for local families and children,” PJ says. Plans are underway to renovate the pediatric waiting area and include pictures of Jenkinson’s Boardwalk.

“The Storinos are long-time members of the community and wonderful supporters,” says Ellen Hahn, development manager for Hackensack Meridian Children's Health at Hackensack Meridian Health Foundation. “We are grateful to them for their partnership and for making such an impactful gift for our smallest patients.”

Adds Paul Huegel, vice president of development at Jersey Shore University Medical Center Foundation: “For decades, the Storino family has provided the best boardwalk experience for children and their families at the Jersey Shore. “With their extremely generous gift to K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital, they are now helping ensure that our children receive the best health care possible, right here at the Shore.” 

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