Annual Halloween Candy Buy-Back Contest Benefits Troops

Posted on September 19, 2011 By

There they are! Stacks and stacks of Halloween candy in every store and supermarket.  And it’s never too early to start thinking about what you are going to do with all the candy after Halloween!

Dr. Ron Rotem, a Toms River dentist, is sponsoring his 7th annual Halloween Candy Buy-Back Contest for three days this year, Monday, Oct. 31 through Wednesday, November 2, noon to 4:00 each day. Bring your candy to Dr. Rotem’s dental offices, 355 Lakehurst Road, Toms River, and he will give you $1.00 a pound up to 10 lbs.
per family for candy collected from Halloween trick or treating. The child who brings in the most candy, by weight, will win a $50.00 gift card.

Because of the volume of candy collected by area schools, this year only individual classrooms are eligible to win a cash prize—not schools.  One teacher from either a public or private school who collects the most Halloween candy, by weight, from students in his or her classroom and brings it to Dr. Rotem’s offices will be eligible to win $400.00 to spend for his or her class.

The contest will end at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 2.

When the contest is over, all the collected candy will be sent to the troops in the  Mideast with the help of Patrick O’Keefe, a member of the International Brotherhood  of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 400, 3301 Hwy. 138 East, Wall  Township; the Monmouth and Ocean County Central Labor Council; and the Monmouth and Ocean County Building Trades.

Dr. Rotem says, “I started this contest seven years ago as an incentive for everyone to eat less candy. I’m happy to say that each year the volume of candy has grown. Last year we collected more than a ton of candy, which was sent to our troops through the efforts of IBEW.”

For further information, call Dr. Rotem’s office at 732-341-8500.