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Dec 19, 2018

Little Silver’s Superman

By Lori Draz

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When you think of Little Silver, you can’t help but think of Rick Brandt, who was born and raised in Little Silver. He graduated from Point Road School, Markham Place School and Red Bank Regional High School (RBR). He is a coach, an umpire, the originator and driving force behind Little Silver Day. He is a key player in The Rivalry Series, a member of the volunteer fire company, and a Santa … and this dynamo has been a forceful advocate of life in Little Silver since he was a teenager.

Rick was an active leader in the Academy of Finance at RBR and in 2010 he received a degree in finance and economics from Kean University, where he also played collegiate football for four years.

Rick has worked for the Stephen Gould Corporation in the commercial printing and packaging industry for the last six years, but his real passion is serving others.

Since he was 12 years old, Rick has been organizing events and bringing people together for a fun time – and a good cause. In 2002, he and his friends began the annual Thanksgiving Football Game known as The Rivalry Series that takes place on Black Friday every year and directly benefits Lunch Break in Red Bank.

In 2016, Rick joined the Lunch Break Board of Trustees, helping to achieve their goal of bringing ‘Help For Today and Hope For Tomorrow’ to community members in need.

In 2013, as a Two River Little League Board of Director, Rick helped found the Two River Little League baseball and softball charter that now provides organized leagues for boys and girls in Little Silver, Shrewsbury, Red Bank, Fair Haven and Rumson. He has umpired community youth baseball games since 2001, and says that officiating and teaching new umpires are among his favorite passions in life. He also enjoys refereeing basketball and football, and coaching youth soccer teams.

In 2015, Rick brought together six other Little Silver residents to create the Little Silver Charitable Foundation, a 501c3 non-for-profit organization. The group holds community fundraisers for scholarships to help Little Silver children and to support many Little Silver organizations. The foundation’s Little Silver Day brings the 6,000-person town together for a fun day of celebration, with local food, music and entertainment, and an incredible fireworks display. The foundation also runs A Taste of Little Silver food festival, featuring nearly 100 Little Silver businesses and organizations.

Rick has worked closely with the Little Silver PTO, Little Silver Education Foundation, Parker Homestead Committee, Little Silver Public Library, Little Silver Traffic & Safety Committee, Little Silver Environmental Commission, Little Silver Business & Professional Association, Little Silver Department of Public Works, Little Silver Board of Health, Little Silver Police Department, and Little Silver Emergency Medical Services to make his community a better place.

He is a volunteer member of the Little Silver Fire Department, Recreation Committee, Shade Tree Commission and Garden Club. Rick also volunteers for the Little Silver Fire Police, Salvation Army and the Monmouth County Historical Association.

Rick is also a member of the Santa brigade. In this charming tradition, families can drop off their gifts, and a team of Santas takes to the streets on Christmas Eve to personally deliver gifts to the homes and families.

Rick’s contributions don’t stop locally. For several years, he has traveled to the Dominican Republic with his Tower Hill Church congregation to bring peace and joy to poverty-stricken orphan villages.

Rick attributes his positive impact and involvement in the community to his parents, brother and fellow community role models who have come before him to make this area what it is today. His goal in life is to be a positive influence on the people and children around him, while ensuring that Little Silver continues to be a desired place to live.

If you’d like to meet Rick, he’s not hard to find; just visit the next event in Little Silver, look for the busiest man with the broadest smile – and you’ve found him!