Money returns to Ocean City to lead alumni weekend

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Daniel Money in his basketball uniform Ocean City High School student grand marshal Red and White Alumni Weekend parade Daniel Money, seen here in his basketball uniform as an Ocean City High School student, was the grand marshal of the Red and White Alumni Weekend parade Saturday, Sept. 15.

Former Red Raider standout recalls lifetime of achievements

OCEAN CITY — He was a four sport varsity letterman, excelling in football, basketball, track and baseball. After graduating from Ocean City High School in 1963, he earned a college degree and set out on an ambitious career that would take him from law enforcement to education.

Daniel Lamont Money became a policeman, worked for the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office and then went into education. He retired as a school principal and now works for the New Jersey Department of Education, sharing knowledge garnered over a lifetime as he mentors young principals.

This past weekend the former Red Raider scholar athlete was the grand marshal of the Ocean City Red and White Alumni Weekend parade. Leading his fellow alumni down Asbury Avenue on Saturday morning, he said, was “a very special honor.”

A high school student when Martin Luther King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, Money said being black never held him back.

“Growing up in the small town, people never treated my family different,” Money said. “We were equals and shown that respect in both the town and schools.

“When you grew up in Ocean City, you didn’t know that you didn’t have as much as anyone else, no one ever made you feel that way. We all pulled together.”

Money is one of six children born to the late Elmer and Elizabeth Money. He and siblings Connie, Caroline, Drena, Dwight and Wanda were raised with lots of love, he said.

“Because of the adults in my life, who made sure that they took care of our academic and social needs, we were OK,” he said. “My parents never dwelled on race. They protected us from racial challenges and made sure the family was the center. We all went to college, my parents made sure we took advantage of the opportunities presented to us.

“I’m sure somewhere in the city there were others who felt differently, but it was not my experience,” he said. “It had nothing to do with color, it was all about character.”

Money said his parents taught him the value of hard work.

“My mother was a chambermaid. I worked for Charlie and Joe Palermo at Thriftway. I cut grass; it was not a lawn service, it was with a push mower. We worked hard,” he said.

Coaches like Fred ‘Dixie’ Howell, Fenton Carey, Andy Prohaska, Tom and Ralph Oves and teachers such as Mike and Patricia Subotich, John Rosebury and Doc Lauer guided him, he said. Money also relied on the parents of his peers.

“They all seemed to adopt me and treat me as one of their own and I never forgot,” he said. “I had great teachers and great friends. Ocean City was a wonderful community to grow up in. The beautiful part of Ocean City was that you just knew people; it was a nice small town.

“We used to ride our bikes all over, and we’d go to Eddie Rumer’s gas station and he’d let us fill or fix our tires,” he said. “Al Birch, one of my teachers, talked me into going to college. He said to me, ‘You’re going to work the rest of your life, go to school; make it meaningful.’”

Money was a junior when Mainland Regional High School opened. Somers Point students, who once attended Ocean City High School, switched to MRHS.

“The football players left and the next fall they were our archrivals,” he said. “Our teammates were now playing against us. That’s when the big rivalry started.”

The late Ralph Oves, he said, a former teacher, football coach at MRHS and Ocean City resident, encouraged him to play football at Hampton Institute.

“He got me an interview,” he said. “It was an all-black team. Ralph Oves was the first white man in the black conference.”

Money earned a degree in criminal justice from Glassboro State College. He started as a police officer in Ocean City and moved on to serving as detective with the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office.

From there he worked with former U.S. Rep. Bill Hughes.

“We carpooled every day,” he said. “Working there was a beautiful time in my life.”

Law enforcement, he said, suited him, but education offered a new opportunity.

“I was doing some work at Technical School and a wonderful gentleman by the name of Robert Toft told me education is something I should pursue. I guess he saw something in me. He inspired me. Gam Broadly was on the board, he helped me,” Money said.

He earned a second degree in education and a master’s degree in school administration. He was hired as an educational coordinator. Before long, Money was named the principal of Cape May County Technical School.

Money also worked at the Burlington Institute and is now working at Camden High School.

“It’s rewarding to help others become effective leaders in a challenging community environment,” he said.

“I was truly blessed to be raised in Ocean City,” he said. “I work with kids every day who face such insurmountable challenges. Many are successful in spite of the challenges, responsible and trustworthy in spite of the odds. Camden is a tough, tough city.”

A resident of Rio Grande, Money said he is ready to retire.

“I’d like to get up in the morning, and my only responsibility would be to walk the dog,” he said.

Meanwhile, he visits Ocean City frequently.

“I’ve enjoyed the construction of the bridge,” he said. “My uncle, Obie Moore worked on the old bridge, so it’s been interesting.”

Money said he is most proud to have reached out and touched so many young lives; inspiring children facing challenges that they can be anything they set their mind to.

“I have always wanted to pay it forward, to encourage others the way I was encouraged, to help them find that drive,” he said. “Respect and motivation is important, they have to learn that.”

Money earned many accolades as an educator: Burlington County Administrators Association Golden Lamp, New Jersey MetLife Principal of the Year and New Jersey Visionary Leader of the Year. For his contribution to high school athletics, he was inducted into the South Jersey Coaches Hall of Fame.

Money actively participated in more than eight professional organizations, serving as president of four.

Money and his wife, Mary have been married 38 years, they have three children, Tia, Keith and Kevin, and raised granddaughter Raina. They have seven grandchildren.

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