About Greater Wildwood Chamber
of Commerce Foundation
In 1999, the Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce hosted the 1st Annual Wildwoods Restaurant Showcase with the sole purpose to raise funds to award scholarships to local students starting college.
In August 2007, after many months Officers of The Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce started The Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce Foundation. The Foundation is a non-profit public benefit corporation organized exclusively for charitable, educational, literary and scientific purposes as a community trust. The small event that started in 2002 was moved to the Foundation so they could continue the mission of raising funds for local kids.
Now in the 20th year, the Wildwoods Restaurant Showcase is stronger than ever. Over 35 local restaurants participate in this event and over 300 people attended in 2013. The event was embraced by the community and scholarships are still awarded to graduating high school seniors today. To date, over $200,000 has been awarded to students from the Wildwoods Community. In addition, the Foundation held a Casino Night from 2011 to 2016 and started Drag Queen Bingo in 2018. These events have seen great success, and we anticipate that they will continue to grow year after year. The Foundation also runs a holiday bus trip to New York City. Each of these events continues to help us raise money for the foundation to continue with our mission.
In addition to scholarships in 2012, Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce Foundation started offering small grants/donations to local organizations during their fundraising time and special events. Moving forward The Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce Foundation would like to expand on being able to offer grants and scholarships for education and training opportunities to the community.
Our Mission Statement
As a Community Trust, we invest in the people who we believe will contribute to the long-term benefit of our residents, our businesses, and our visitors. To meet that objective, we provide financial assistance for students who reside in the Wildwoods, and to organizations that support charitable activities within the community.