Gov. Christie scheduled to be in Ventnor for Discovery/Habitat project

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VENTNOR – Gov. Chris Christie's public schedule for Friday, May 17 includes a 2 p.m. stop in Ventnor for a Discovery Communications / Habitat for Humanity volunteer meet and greet, and a "home rebuilding tour."

Christie Gov. Christie is scheduled to be in Ventnor May 17. Courtesy of Gov. Christie's office

The schedule posted today (Thursday, May 16) gives the location as Ski Beach Park, Burk Avenue and North Dorset Avenue.

Discovery Communications' announced that along with Christie, more than 125 of its employees and on-air talent from across the United States are scheduled to be in Ventnor May 16-18 to work with Habitat for Humanity on major home rehabilitations in partnership with residents affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Ventnor Mayor Mike Bagnell will work alongside Discovery employees and talent for the duration of the build and Christie will be on site tomorrow (Friday), the second day of the build, according to a Discovery news release.

Leaders from Habitat for Humanity International and Atlantic County Habitat for Humanity worked closely with Discovery to determine projects where the company's employees and on-air talent could make an impact on recovery efforts already under way.

“New Jersey has made significant strides rebuilding and recovering in the six and a half months since Superstorm Sandy,” said Christie.  “I’m proud of how our communities and residents have shown the world our strength, determination and resilience. Through the support and volunteerism of individuals and organizations across the globe, we experienced the human spirit at its best. I would like to thank Discovery Communications, Habitat for Humanity and TLC for being a part of that spirit as they partner together to repair homes for the residents of Ventnor.”

“Like almost every community in New Jersey, Ventnor was hit hard by Superstorm Sandy,” said  Bagnell. “Since the day of the storm, Ventnor has been in recovery mode and our citizens have done a wonderful job helping each other to rebuild our community.

“I’d also like to thank Discovery Communications, TLC and Habitat for Humanity for coming to our town and partnering with us to move Ventnor forward. Sandy knocked us down, but not out.”

Amount the celebrities expected to participate are Buddy Valastro of TLC’s “Cake Boss,” Animal Planet’s Dave Salmoni and the stars of TLC’s “Honey Do,” Jonathan Waud, Kevin Peake and Benjamin Patterson.

Discovery Education is also presenting an and educational assembly for the students and staff of Atlantic City Public Schools’ Sovereign Avenue School, offering a sneak peek of the upcoming Discovery Channel series “North America,” and will include special appearances by Animal Planet’s Dave Salmoni and Valastro.

Also in conjunction with the rebuilding efforts, Whirlpool is donating household appliances including washing machines, dryers, dishwashers, ranges and refrigerators to several homes that were affected by the storm. 

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