Bring this big bear to your school or to work for a great cause!

His name is Ted, and he's the Toms River Elks plunge team's mascot.

Each year in February local Elks Lodges put together a team to represent their lodges for the John Sentner Memorial Plunge at Martell's in Point Pleasant. The plunge date is Feb. 9th, 2019.

This plunge into the freezing Atlantic Ocean in the middle of winter is to benefit Camp Moore, which is one of the rare sleep away camps that has a medically trained staff for special needs children. It is located in the beautiful Ramapo, NJ, mountains.

The sleepaway camp lets these children experience a sleep away experience that other kids may take for granted. It also gives the parents of these special children a week away from 24/7 care that can often times be very overwhelming and stressful.

(Photo from April at Toms River Elks)

Ted is offering experiences and adventure around town for a donation to take him for the day. So far he has babysat, made pizza, made teeth molds, made his way to NYC to do HVAC work, had sleepovers and was even kidnapped for ransom! And now he's been to our radio station, too!!

He has a budding social calendar with many members and local businesses looking to donate to have time with Ted. Some upcoming adventures include time with a fire company riding in the big red truck, time with the police department, horseback riding, and paving driveways.

Lou with Ted

No donation is too small and all of it benefits a cause so near and dear to all of our hearts -- helping special children that sometimes aren't able to help themselves. The outreach and support Ted has received from our community and local businesses have been wonderful.

But more local support from the Monmouth and Ocean County businesses world is needed. And all individual donations will be accepted and appreciated.

April Wennlund is coordinating Ted's social calendar and can be reached at 7322674652 via text or call or by email at
To donate to Ted's efforts and help the Toms River Elks you can contribute electronically by CLICKING HERE.