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Hirtes Hike Raises $32K for Local Families in Need

Annual event at High School North helps four families with $8,000

The third annual "Hirtes Hike," a charity event to raise money for Toms River families in need, raised approximately $32,000.

This year's Hirtes Hike was held on May 12. The event, held at , included a 5k to help raise money for the charity, as well as vendors, games, blow up carnival rides, a dunk tank and a huge 200+ person zumba session. 

Four families each received $8,000 to help defray the cost of medical bills and other expenses, said Brett Smith, a lacrosse coach at High School North who helps organize the event, in an announcment this weekend.

"Each year the Hike continues to flourish and grow because of overwhelming support from the community," Smith said.

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