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Virginia 'Ginny' Haines

February 16, 2018

OCC Foundation to Honor Ocean County Freeholder Virginia “Ginny” Haines as Humanitarian of the Year – June 15

Save-the-Date! The Ocean County College Foundation’s 2018 Annual Scholarship Celebration will be held on Friday, June 15 at 6:00 p.m. on the Ocean County College Main Campus in Toms River. Virginia “Ginny” Haines (Toms River) will be honored as Humanitarian of the Year. Scholarship Celebration proceeds will benefit the mission of the Ocean County College Foundation.

“It is the Ocean County College Foundation’s great privilege to name Ginny as its Humanitarian of the Year,” said Kenneth J. Malagiere, Executive Director of the Ocean County College Foundation.

“A lifelong resident of Ocean County, Ginny is an elected member of the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders, bringing with her years of public service and leadership experience. Her vast knowledge in state and local politics, along with her dedication and service to the community, illustrates why Ginny has been chosen for the OCC Foundation’s highest honor,” Malagiere added.

The Ocean County College Foundation Scholarship Celebration is held annually to assist the Foundation in its mission to make higher education accessible to Ocean County residents through scholarships and awards.  The event will feature a sumptuous gourmet buffet, live entertainment, dancing, and a silent auction.  Individuals and businesses may lend support by purchasing a ticket, becoming a sponsor, or donating an auction item.

The Ocean County College Foundation is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to the growth and development of the College through scholarships, endowments, and capital and special projects.

For information on how to purchase tickets ($200 pp), become a sponsor, or donate an auction item for the 2018 Annual Scholarship Celebration, held on Friday, June 15 at 6:00 p.m., on Ocean County College’s Main Campus in Toms River, call the Ocean County College Foundation at 732-255-0492 or visit

Virginia “Ginny” Haines Biography

A member and trustee of the Ocean County College Foundation Board, Freeholder Haines is immediate past-Chair and has served in various capacities over the years. She is an active member of the Rotary Club of Toms River, Advisory Council for Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and Toms River Student Loan Fund Board. Freeholder Haines has worked closely with the Jersey Shore Council of Boy Scouts, Monmouth/Ocean Foodbank, Ocean County Heart Association, United Way, and Local Advisory Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse of Ocean County. She has also served as a speaker and mentor for the Christine Todd Whitman Excellence in Public Service Series.

For the past three decades, Freeholder Haines immersed herself not only in private charities and in organizations, but has also made a commitment to local and state government. She had served on the Toms River Municipal Utilities Authority, previously serving as Chair. For the past 15 years, she has been a County Committeewoman District 9 Township of Toms River, and since the mid-1980s an Ocean County Republican State Committeewoman.  Freeholder Haines previously served as  Municipal Chair for the Township of Toms River, and a member of the National, New Jersey, and Ocean County Federation of Republican Women. She is presently a member and had served as President of the Toms River Regular Republican Organization and served on the Toms River (formerly Dover Township) Township Committee.

Among her many honors, Freeholder Haines received the Republican National Committee Mary Louise Smith Trailblazer Award, and two Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Toms River Township Republican Club and Lakewood Republican Club, as well as the New Jersey Law Enforcement Association Recognition Award. She has also been an Honoree by the Ocean County Young Republicans and Charter Member Honoree by the Barnegat Women’s Republican Club.

Freeholder Haines was named a Rotary Foundation of Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow and Lions Club International Foundation Melvin Jones Fellow. She was named Citizen of the Year by both the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse.

A strong supporter of the Scouts, Freeholder Haines was recognized with the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore Women of Distinction Award and Lifetime Achievement Award, along with the Jersey Shore Council of Boy Scouts Distinguished Citizen Award and Loyal Buffalo Award.

An inductee into the Lakewood High School Hall of Fame, Freeholder Haines is a member of the Joshua Huddy Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

As an Ocean County Freeholder, she serves as liaison to a host of county departments and agencies that help serve as a lifeline for many local citizens. As Chair of Human Services and Liaison to Social Services, she works closely with those agencies and affiliated partners in making certain that programs and services are in place to help Ocean County’s most vulnerable and needy residents. She also serves as Liaison to the Ocean County Planning Department and the Department of Information Technology. Freeholder Haines serves as the Freeholder Board’s representative to the Southern New Jersey Freeholders Association, an alternate to the New Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, and liaison to the Local Advisory Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.

Previously, Freeholder Haines served eight years as Executive Director of the New Jersey State Lottery. She also served as Assemblywoman in the State 10th Legislative District and as a Legislative Aide for Senator Robert Singer. In the New Jersey General Assembly, she served as Assistant Majority Whip, Vice Chair of the Labor Committee, and Clerk of the New Jersey General Assembly.

Since 2004, Freeholder Haines has been the New Jersey National Republican Committeewoman and is co-Chair of the Republican National Committee Northeast Region since 2013. She also served as a delegate in 2008, 2012, and 2016 for the Republican National Convention and has represented the state on numerous committees including the Ethics, Rules, Site Selection, and Convention Credentials committees.