Another fundraiser for local schools impacted by Superstorm Sandy will be held at Martell's on the Point Pleasant Beach boardwalk tonight.
Stephanie Salardino, who has been planning and coordinating fundraisers for months, and Shore 2 Recover, are partnering to sponsor tonight's fundraiser from 5 p.m. to midnight at Martell's.
The admission fee of $25, for non-stop live music and complimentary dinner buffet, will be donated as follows: $20 to Hugh J. Boyd Elementary School in Seaside Heights and Memorial School in Union Beach and $5 to Shore2Recover’s rebuild program.
The live bands include: Under Pressure; The Mike Dalton Band; Undisputed; The E Street Shuffle; The Replicants; Punch Bully and The Bell Bottom Blues.
Tickets are available at Martell's or purchase online at the Shore 2 Recover website.
There will be a free Briggs shuttle for Beach and Borough residents from 8 p.m. to midnight from Martell's.
For more information, see the attached PDF or call Stephanie Salardino at (908) 420-8954.
Regarding the last fundraiser, on Jan. 19 at Martell's, local schools are reporting that they received funds from that event. The to benefit public schools in Point Beach, Bay Head and Lavallette, received the following funds, as confirmed in emails from officials at the schools or their Parent Teacher Organizations:
Peg Born of the PTO at G. Harold Antrim Elementary School, Point Beach, confirmed that the last fundraiser donated the following: $6434 from tickets and auction and $750 from Martell's for a total of $7,184.
In addition, Surf Taco donated $500.00 in gift cards to Antrim School which the school admininstration distributed to needy families.
"The Point Pleasant Beach High School PTO received a generous amount in the sum of $7184.00 from the fundraiser 'Shore Up Our Schools,' " said Evelyn Leach, treasurer of Point Beach High School PTO. "I was very excited and happy to receive this donation on behalf of our organization. The money will be used for our scholarships."
Salardino said the total to Beach High School included $750 from Martell's.
"Bay Head School received over $6,000 in cash and $500 in Surf Taco Gift Cards as a result of Stephanie's fund raiser," said Walter Therien, Bay Head School Principal. "Thanks to her hard work we were able to replace materials that were lost as a result of the storm."
As as result of the fundraiser, the Lavallette PTO will be depositing cash and checks of $6,434 as well as another $750 from Martell’s, according to Diane Biundo, secretary, Lavallette Elementary School.
"The PTO will be using these funds to provide scholarships for seniors at Point Pleasant Beach High School and for programs/assemblies for K-8 at Lavallette Elementary," Biundo said.
Shore 2 Recover was founded by Toni Pecunia, a resident of Point Pleasant whose home was partially-flooded by the storm, according to the organization's website. The organization has donated funds to various needs, including helping Sandy-impacted families and to St. Paul's kitchen in Bay Head that has been feeding free, hot meals to affected families since shortly after Sandy struck.
Pecunia started the organization "as a way to give back to the community and the many people and groups who rushed to assist the storm-ravaged shore," the website says.