2024 Veterans Outings

June 8th 2024 - CANCELED

July 13, 2024, rain date July 27th

NJBBA Veterans' Fishing Outings 2024
July 13th
Location: 81st Street Municipal Marina Stone Harbor, NJ
Meeting time: 8AM at the Gazebo
Setup of rods, reels, gazebo: 8-9:30AM
Vets arrive: 10AM
Lunch around noon
Vets depart: 1:30-2PM
Event ends after vets leave and area is cleaned up


2023 Veterans outing

July 15 - Pictures below

NEXT ==> September 9th

New Jersey Veterans Memorial hospital in Vineland is a very large facility with 300 beds and has state ownership. Many of the veterans who live there have a difficult time due to their age and various injuries. Those that are more mobile look forward to outings, something we take for granted. Ron Patten and his daughter Nancy have worked with the facility to arrange two fishing outings for the vets this summer!

The veterans appreciate all the past times NJBBA individuals have worked with them on the fishing outing, and this is the first time since Covid we are allowed to have the veterans bused to the fishing pier in Stone Harbor.

If you can spare a few hours on one of the days below, let Nancy know so we are sure we have enough NJBBA individuals to help.  We will also need a headcount to ensure the appropriate supplies and food are available for all that attend. Please email her at hr

NJBBA Veterans' Fishing Outings 2023
July 15, 2023 and September 9th
Location: 81st Street Municipal Marina Stone Harbor, NJ
Meeting time: 8AM at the Gazebo
Setup of rods, reels, gazebo: 8-9:30AM
Vets arrive: 10AM
Lunch around noon
Vets depart: 1:30-2PM
Event ends after vets leave and area is cleaned up


N.J.Vineland Veterans Memorial Home Fishing Trip

Stone Harbor, NJ


For information about the Home visit:

Vineland Veterans Memorial Home





All Donations accepted, make checks payable to:


NJBBA Veterans Fund
PO Box 511
Seaside Park NJ 08752-0511

Thank You




NJBBA Director:  Ron Patten.


For veterans looking for support, Disabled American Veterans (DAV) is a nonprofit charity that provides a lifetime of support for veterans of all generations and their families, helping more than 1 million veterans in positive, life-changing ways each year. Annually, the organization provides more than 600,000 rides to veterans attending medical appointments and assists veterans with well over 200,000 benefit claims. In 2018, DAV helped veterans receive more than $20 billion in earned benefits. DAV’s services are offered at no cost to all generations of veterans, their families and survivors.


Support for Veterans - DAV website   


The New Jersey Vineland Veterans Memorial Home, located in Vineland NJ, is one place DAV is helping veterans as needed. To support our veterans NJBBA offers two fishing trips each year for those disabled veterans in the Vineland location. For details and more information on all NJ veteran homes visit:


NJ Veteran Memorial Homes


The New Jersey Vineland Veterans Memorial Home (N.J.V.M.H.) Fishing trips are located at:        


 Location: 81st Street (bay side),  Stone Harbor, NJ      

 For Direction: Click Here for mapquest directions


It’s now a time when we can bond and put smiles on some faces of those who have served their country and in some cases paid a heavy sacrifice. The events last 3 to 4 hours and starts at 8:30 with NJBBA members setting up all the food and gear. The veterans arrive around 10am, start fishing and are served lunch by the great cooks of NJBBA.


NJBBA gives one on one assistance along with supplying all the food, beverages, snacks, tackle and bait along with a thank you gift from NJBBA for their service (blanket, hat, shirts, sweats etc). Many NJBBA members have already signed up to help -- BUT it is not to late for YOU to come and support our veterans


The trip is to a fishing pier in Stone Harbor, the town supplies a handicap Joni and the use of their pavilion on hot days. All proceeds come from donations; the event is organized by  Director Ron Patten




The NJBBA Veteran’s Fishing Outing was started in the early 2000’s by Swannie Gay (USN Ret) and Ron Patten (AUS).  Originally held in Fortescue, NJ, the event was held in a few different locations before finding its annual home in Stone Harbor, NJ.  After Swannie’s passing in 2012, Ron became the chair of the event with assistance from his family.

Two outings are held each summer, weather permitting, affording veterans who live at the New Jersey Veterans Memorial Home in Vineland a chance to fish with some of our members.  NJBBA volunteers, many of whom are veterans themselves, arrive early and prepare the pavilion and get the fishing equipment ready for the veterans’ arrival. Several enjoyable hours of fishing and friendly interactions are had by attendees and volunteers, alike.  While fishing is occurring in the morning, other NJBBA members prepare and then serve lunch at noon in the pavilion and under the canopies. After dessert and more fishing, acknowledgement and appreciation of their service and sacrifice is offered to the veterans, awards prepared by current NJBBA President Gary Conk are presented, items obtained for the veterans to take home are given, and a group photo is taken.

The COVID-19 pandemic put these events on hold until this summer.  The first fishing event for 2023 was scheduled for June 10, but unfortunately was not able to be held due to poor air quality.  We successfully held the first event in four years on Saturday, July 15, 2023.  Our next event is scheduled for Saturday, September 9, 2023.  Members in good standing who wish to participate may contact Ron Patten at hrpatten37@yahoo.com



July 15th 2023


NJBBA Takes Veterans Fishing


July 13th 2019 Veteran's Fishing Trip to view click picture


The 2019 July Vets Fishing Outing with the NJBBA. Thank You to all that made it another success. There was many fish to be caught , including seabass , weakfish , and a few others.


Pictures taken by...Robert Conover Jr.





June 22nd 2019 Veteran's Fishing Trip to view click picture


Pictures taken by...Robert Conover Jr.





June 16, 2018 Veteran's Fishing Trip to view click picture


Picture taken by...Jerry Elbertson veteran's photographer


July 14, 2018 Veteran's Fishing Trip to view click picture


Picture taken by...Valerie Dzindzio & Dave Paulick



August 11, 2012, Swannie Gay

Swannie Gay, Beach Buggy Member # 4103. Swannie, a retired 17 year veteran of our Naval Forces was responsible for starting the NJBBA’s take the Vets fishing program 10 years ago. She collected clothing for the 200+ vets at the home in Vineland and wanting to do more, she joined with Ron Patten of the NJBBA to create the event which has become a twice a year event. Swannie loved fishing and was a caregiver to any stray animals who were lucky enough to come her way. She leaves her three sons, Edward, John, and Michael, 10 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, and a special friend and companion Ron Patten. Ron with NJBBA honors her memory by carrying on her commitment to the Vets. We are all thankful to Swannie for giving us the opportunity to "give back" to our courageous men and women. All who volunteer always leave with a new respect for our vets and with a renewed commitment to continue the fishing events.