Unite 2 Revive Concert Raises $5,800 for Red Cross

Funds will benefit Jersey Coast Chapter and its post-Sandy recovery efforts.

Jersey threw a rocking party and everyone was invited—except Sandy.

On Sunday, a crowd of over 400 turned up for Unite 2 Revive, a benefit concert held at Jersey’s Sports bar & Grill in Neptune. The event raised $5,800 for the Jersey Coast Chapter of the American Red Cross to help with their Sandy disaster relief efforts, according to Unite 2 Revive publicist Deirdre Anne Lopian.

“It has been an extremely stressful two weeks. Everybody is affected by the storm in one way shape or form. Why not come out, have a good time, listen to the music, dance to the bands. And at the same time, you’re giving back to your community,” Lopian said.

The idea for the fundraiser came about when Dru-Anne Palaima, owner of Stars that Shine Entertainment, and Sandra Marafioti, owner of Tourpax Services, approached John and Wendy Bruzzese of Synergy Event Planners about organizing a group of Jersey Shore bands to raise money for the area, according to Lopian.

The bands brought on board included Eddie Testa Band, Guy Smiley Band, Rome, Undercover, Marc Ribler & Friends, Kindred and Nobs Overdrive.

Actor Tom Pelphrey, a native of Howell, came in from Brooklyn to attend.

“Just like anybody from New Jersey, I just wanted to do anything I could to help,” Pelphrey said.

Long Branch residents Karen and Glenn Jaffe said they felt lucky to have escaped the worst of Sandy.

“We live on the shore. We were very lucky. We wanted to support those who weren’t as lucky,” Karen Jaffe said.

The American Red Cross only accepts monetary donations rather than clothing or household items so that the organization can buy materials in bulk and to utilize their resources efficiently, according to Jersey Coast Chapter Readiness and Response Coordinator for Monmouth and Ocean County Ellen Korpar.

Additionally, local volunteers will continue to be needed in the weeks and months ahead as out-of-state helpers return home.

“This is going to be a long term effort,” Korpar said.

Liesle Ewing Mims, a district executive director for the American Red Cross, said the organization frequently spends the money it raises following a disaster within the community that has been impacted.

“It’s about helping the individual recover, the family recover and the whole community,” said Ewing Mims, who came up from Alabama to assist with recovery efforts.

In addition to the $20 ticket price, Unite 2 Revive raised money by selling bracelets, t-shirts and accepting donations and corporate sponsorships.

The event’s sponsors included Patch, Bridge Financial Group, RAC Consulting, Remedy Intelligent Staffing, MyMonmouth, Breakthrough Wellness Center, Strategic Business Solutions, Vero Luce Photography, Showerman and Click, Crop & Create.

Unite 2 Revive will continue accepting donations through Nov. 30 at its Web site.

WeRTR November 19, 2012 at 11:24 PM
It's great to here about all these events after they happen, Maybe PATCH could post some sort of calendar of up coming benefit events.
Stan Walker November 19, 2012 at 11:57 PM
lisa November 20, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Wednesday night, Christine Martucci is playing at the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park, they are going to give out some gift cards and stuff to people who got hit and they are also doing a toys for tots drive...come on out and support the shore
Ryan November 20, 2012 at 02:10 PM
We should be donating to www.SandyNJReliefFund.org - started by Chris and Mary Pat Christie to make sure the money goes to people in NJ- not to a charity in which the CEO makes 7 figures.
Biscuit November 20, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Couldn't agree more. Did not see much of Red Cross throughout the disaster Last I heard they raised $14.25 million. Where is all that money going? As far as I can see, not here. The efforts I witnessed for food, clothing and other supplies were provided by local communities helping each other.


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