UPDATED: Shore Aid Telethon Raises Money To Benefit Hurricane Sandy Survivors

Montclair area residents are dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy by collecting funds to help those most affected. Here’s a follow-up on one of the latest efforts, the Shore Aid Telethon, from Katya Wowk, Communications Director, Township of Montclair:

Montclair TV34, PBA Local 53, Parents Who Rock and Prudential New Jersey Properties joined forces to host Shore Aid – a live telethon to benefit the victims of super storm Sandy. The event was held Sunday, December 2 in Montclair Council Chambers, where numerous performers and guests helped pack the house for an afternoon of music and community giving. The event was also aired live on Montclair TV34 and the station’s streaming website.

Hosts and Montclair locals Sarah Wolman and Robert Weber provided commentary throughout the five-hour-plus broadcast. Alma Schneider of Parents Who Rock and Take Back the Kitchen presented the musical talent, performed by various bands, many of whom are members of Parents Who Rock. Ortley Beach family, Bill and Debbie Rumfolo and their two kids, also attended the event. Bill is the Fire Chief of the Seaside Fire Department and he came on air to describe his experience of being stranded on the barrier island for three days with 70 residents who needed to be evacuated. They had no water, electricity or gas. The Rumfolo family lost their home during the storm – a local family who wishes to remain anonymous offered to “adopt” the Rumfolos for the holidays.

The Shore Aid event also collected children’s toys for Operation Jersey Shore Santa, an organization of volunteers who will bring Christmas to Jersey Shore families whose homes were devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

Various items, including a one-week stay in a Lake Champlain condominium, were made available for the Shore Aid auction which was also held during the telethon to raise funds. The auction will remain open until Wednesday, December 12 – call the TV34 office to place a bid (see auction items below).

All proceeds from the auction and telethon – 100% – will go to benefit victims of Sandy in some of the state’s hardest hit shore towns: Seaside Heights; Normandy Beach; Ocean Beaches I, II, III; and Ortley Beach.

Donations are still coming in for the telethon – if you would like to donate to Shore Aid, please make check payable to “Montclair PBA-Civic Association” and mail or bring to Montclair TV34, 205 Claremont Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042.

UPDATED Auction items still open for bid:

Beautiful, 10-bedroom Vermont house located on an island, overlooking Lake Champlain (one week stay). Donated by Ilmar Vanderer

Minimum Bid: $300

Drumsticks and drumhead signed by Ben Sesar
(Drummer for famous, American country singer, Brad Paisley)
Minimum Bid: $200

One hand packed pint of ice cream every week for 1 year from Applegate Farm Homemade Ice cream (valued at $315)
Minimum Bid: $100

“Doors of Montclair” framed 24×36 poster (out of print)
Minimum Bid: $70

Gift Basket of toys from Aunt Jean’s Toys and Treats (valued at $75)
Minimum Bid: $50

Fifty-dollar gift certificate to Montclair Toys
Minimum Bid: $25

Acoustic Guitar Tune-up
Minimum Bid: $30

Rutgers Football signed by Coach Kyle Flood
Minimum Bid: $25

Diane Moser CDs (3) and “It Shocked Even Us!” book by famous, American television and radio host, Frank Cipolla
Minimum Bid: $25

Guitar Lesson by Tom Picard (www.tompicard.com)
Minimum Bid: $25

Jersey Strong magnet
Minimum Bid: $5

Bob Cannon music CD
Minimum bid: $5

Laura Birdsong music CD
Minimum bid: $5

Jason Didner music CD
Minimum bid: $5


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  1. Parents Who Rock ALWAYS look like they are having a good time!!!

    I haven’t heard them, but by the pix’s they seem infectious!!

  2. Hi all. I really wanted to be there and help out any way I could – however, I had no way of getting there – no car – but it sounds like it went very well. Congrats to all those that made it happen.

    Any idea of how much was raised?

  3. katya says we should know how much money was raised by the week’s end, wayne. there are still items open for bid–they’re listed above at the end of the post.

  4. What a beautiful event it was! A huge thank you to Sharon Colucci for bringing us all together to do what we can for those affected by Hurricane Sandy. As always, Ed Carine stepped in to do sound for Parents Who Rock and we LOVE him!!!

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