Contest Winners of Rotem Dental Care’s Candy Buy-back Program Announced

Posted on December 6, 2016 By

What would you do with more than 400 pounds of candy? At Rotem Dental Care, they send it to U.S. troops serving overseas who could use a sweet treat from home! Toms River High School North ROTC volunteers helped load 406 pounds of candy for American Recreational Military Service (ARMS)

Radio stations 100.1 WJRZ and WOBM also were at Rotem Dental Care, 355 Lakehurst Road, Toms River, to help promote the 12th annual Halloween Candy Buy-back Contest, which has rewarded children and individual classrooms for donating some of their candy stash.

Katie Barrett, age 7, and Richie Barrett, age 13, who both participated in last year’s buy-back contest, brought in 14 pounds of candy and won $50 for bringing in the most candy, by weight. Second grader Katie Barrett was thrilled to win and said (to the soldiers), “Have a great time eating candy!” Eight grade student Richie Barrett, who is also a member of the Garden State Youth Orchestra, said, “Thank you for your service.”

The Herbertsville Elementary Early Act Club for students ages 10 to 11, and their teachers Cherylan Shea and Debbie Osborne, won $400 for donating 138 pounds of candy. They will use the money to pay for shipping of their collection of used crayons that they donate to The Crayon Initiative, which recycles used crayons and donates them to special needs patients at St. Jude’s Hospital.

Several classmates from Brick in the Early Act Club expressed their appreciation to our troops. Stacie Pelo, said, “Thank you for giving us the land of the free.” CJ said, “We appreciate what you do; here’s our candy.” Carson McCue said, “Thank you for risking your lives for our country.” Ryan Pelo, said, “Thanks for keeping us safe.” And Averi Kapuscinski said, “Thank you for being away from your families to protect our country.”

Dr. Rotem said, “Although my dental practice is for adults, I have three children so I know how much that Halloween candy means. Obviously, the less candy kids eat, the better it is for them. I started the candy buy-back program as an incentive for kids to donate some of their candy and at the same time make Halloween special for our overseas troops.”

For further information, call Rotem Dental Care at 732-341-8500.

About Dr. Rotem: Dr. Rotem graduated from NYU College of Dentistry in 1991. His practice focuses on cosmetic dentistry and conscious sedation. Dr. Rotem belongs to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He is affiliated with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, NJ Chapter of the Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the Dental Organization of Conscious Sedation, the International College of Cranial Mandibular Orthopedics, the American Dental Association, the New Jersey Dental Association, Monmouth/Ocean Dental Society, and the Academy of General Dentistry.  Dr. Rotem is an active member of the Crown Council.  He is also a member of the Jersey Shore Business Network, Toms River.