New Jersey

New Jersey  is the founding chapter of Best Day, started by Alexis and Lake Downham.

We typically host 6-8 beach events and 2-4 snow events per year.

Serving New Jersey and surrounding areas including New York and Pennsylvania with beach based events from Long Branch to Brick and snow events in New York.

Our events include:

  • Beach obstacle course
  • Tandem surfing
  • Body-boarding
  • Kayaking
  • SUP
  • Outrigger Canoeing
  • Snow tubing

We would love to have you join us as a participant family or volunteer. Please choose the appropriate link to the left to sign up. We also encourage you to sign up for our mailing list and follow us via our social media accounts using the links above so you can keep up with all the fun Best Day has in store.

Our Founding Chapter Established in 2008

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CHAPTER WANTS & NEEDS

Services & Support

  • Media Professional to help with PR
  • Fund-raising/Grant writer
  • Experienced photographers to shoot our events
  • Photo wrangler to help upload and manage our huge volume of images from events

Equipment

  • 2 Beach Wheelchairs cost $2400 ea
  • 2+ Popup tents

Meet Our Team

  • Alexis Downham
    Alexis Downham Co-Chairperson

    Passion, enthusiasm and pure joy – that’s what Best Day means to me

  • Lake Downham
    Lake Downham Co-chairperson

    Lake is a waterman, rescue & survival expert,  and passionate for sharing the joy of the ocean.  The thrill he gets from taking our campers surfing is the single most rewarding aspect of his life.

  • John & Tricia Henkes
    John & Tricia Henkes Participant & Water Teams Coordinators

    Were hooked volunteering as a family at the very first Best Day events. Their son Brodie enjoys volunteering because he likes making the day feel like its the Super Bowl or Olympics for the kids we serve.

  • KC Yoon
    KC Yoon Media Coordinator

    “To me Best Day is about serving others and putting smiles on faces! Spending the day at the beach with friends new and old is the cherry on top!”

  • Suzanne Carbone
    Suzanne Carbone Community Awareness Coordinator

    “The joy and enthusiasm I feel watching these kids and their families enjoy their “best day” is so rewarding!”

  • Paul Podesla
    Paul Podesla Fundraising Coordinator

    “Best Day is a blessing for all involved. Taking in the smiles from the kids and their families on the beach is indescribable, a day that truly lives up to its name!”

Special Thanks to our Generous Supporters

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