Pictured (l to r) Vice-Director Leonard C. Desiderio, Freeholder E. Marie Hayes, Director Gerald M. Thornton, John Lynch, Director of Sales & Entertainment for the Wildwoods Convention Center, Freeholders Kristine Gabor and Will Morey.
COURT HOUSE -- Freeholder Kristine Gabor and the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders recognized John Lynch, of Wildwood Crest, for his volunteer and fundraising efforts in Cape May County at their meeting on Dec. 10, 2013.
Lynch has been the Director of Sales & Entertainment for the Wildwoods Convention Center since 2001. According to Lynch, in the past 13 years, he has overseen the bookings of 1,759 groups that has generated 2,668,978 attendees into the convention center has generated over $600 million dollars in economic impact to the Wildwoods and Cape May County. However, although this is good news, the Board did not recognize Lynch for his work rather he was honored for his volunteer efforts in the community.
Each year, Lynch is part of over 50 events in the community, from emceeing, auctioning or running his own. In the past 14 years, he has been a part of these events that have raised over 5 million dollars in our local community.
Also, Lynch is part of raising funds for the Cape May County Special Services School District and most recently was emcee of the county’s Community Disabilities Awareness Day. His involvement with helping those with special needs has not gone unnoticed. Lynch recently received the Special Olympics Spirit Award for fostering goodwill for the athletes involved in Special Olympics New Jersey.
From the “Lunch with Lynch” program which makes a positive impact on all the schools in the Wildwoods, the “Raise a Reader” program where they purchase a brand new book for every kindergartener child on the Island and if their parent reads the book 5 times they receive a free pizza from Domino's, Community Unity Day which brings all the students from the 4 Pre-Kindergartener classes together for a fun filled day of togetherness to the two 5K Runs that Lynch hosts: The Pumpkin Run that raises over $8,000 a year for schools in the Wildwoods and the 4th of July Patriotic Run that raises over $10,000 for the upkeep of the Wildwoods Vietnam Wall.
Additionally, Lynch is part of a countless number of events that raises money for local children that have cancer and currently, he is running The Lynch who Stole Christmas from the GrYnch program that he created to collect toys for children for Christmas. Last year they provided toys for over 500 families.
The Board wishes to thank John Lynch for his tireless efforts that help to make life better for many residents in Cape May County.