SOURCE: Ocean City Home Bank

July 26, 2012 13:36 ET

Sports Legends, Business Leaders and Local Heroes Team up to Pledge Support for Fourth Annual Walk for the Wounded

OCEAN CITY, NJ--(Marketwire - Jul 26, 2012) - On Thursday, August 9, basketball coaches Phil Martelli, Fran Dunphy, Steve Lappas and Chris Ford will team up with members of the Ocean City Fire Department and Ocean City Home Bank President and Chief Executive Steven E. Brady to raise awareness for the fourth annual Walk for the Wounded, an event to help Operation First Response raise funds to provide financial assistance to wounded soldiers and their families.

They will speak at a press conference at the Ocean City Fire Department, located at 550 Asbury Avenue, at 9:30 a.m. At the press conference, Walk organizers will announce the fundraising goal for this year's Walk and introduce members of the military who have received assistance from Operation First Response.

"This summer, the Ocean City Fire Department is actively supporting Operation First Response, selling stickers to benefit this outstanding cause," explained Brady, who plays a key role in planning the Walk for the Wounded each year. "These dedicated men and women truly know what it is to be a hero, and we're happy to have their support as we plan our fourth annual Walk to help returning soldiers."

The 2012 Walk has the support of not only the Ocean City Fire Department, but also of the well-known basketball coaches who have helped raise awareness for the event since its inception in 2009. The following coaches will appear at the press conference to offer their support of Operation First Response:

Phil Martelli, Head Coach of the Saint Joseph's Hawks men's basketball team since 1995. The author of Don't Call Me Coach: A Lesson Plan For Life, Martelli was named Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year, Naismith College Coach of the Year, Associated Press Coach of the Year, and Consensus National Coach of the Year.

Fran Dunphy, currently the Head Coach of the Temple University men's basketball team and former Head Coach of the University of Pennsylvania men's basketball team. Dunphy was recently named the Big 5 Coach of the Year for the third straight year and fourth time in his six years at the school. Temple men's basketball was also named the Big 5 Team of the year.

Steve Lappas, Color Commentator and Studio Analyst for CBS College Sports and former Head Coach of the Manhattan College, Villanova University and University of Massachusetts men's basketball teams.

Chris Ford, who has over 28 years of NBA experience including ten years as a player, nine years as a head coach and eight as an assistant coach. A member of the Board of Directors of Ocean City Home Bank, Ford played for the Detroit Pistons and Boston Celtics and served as the Head Coach for the Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks, L.A. Clippers, and 76ers.

Operation First Response is a national 501-C3 nonprofit organization that assists wounded soldiers and their families in times of crisis. The staff of Operation First Response, nearly all of whom are unpaid volunteers, include representatives who visit the wounded. Operation First Response representatives work with the medical staff at both Bethesda Naval Hospital and Brooks Army Medical Center, often the first stop for wounded soldiers returning from the Middle East.

For Walk for the Wounded sponsorship, advertising and registration information, visit

Contact Information

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    Tricia Ciliberto
    Vice President of Marketing
    Ocean City Home Bank
    (609) 399-0012
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