Super fundraiser provides relief to Sandy victim

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Music for the benefit was provided by the Kenny Young Band. Music for the benefit was provided by the Kenny Young Band.

PETERSBURG – The Country Shore Women's Club held a charity benefit on Sunday, Nov. 25 at Levari's Tavern in Petersburg to help organizations that are providing relief to our neighbors affected by Superstorm Sandy.

The members of the women’s club were approached by David Levari,who had a venue but wanted an organization to help run the benefit. They put their heads together to come up with plans for Sunday’s event. It was a unique opportunity for community outreach, which is what this women's club is all about.

The number of gifts donated by local businesses for the auction was outnumbered only by the number of people who attended. Cars were parked all along Tuckahoe Road and Rt. 50. You would think they were giving something away.

Well, there was giving going on, the recipients being Ocean City, NJ Cleanup and Recovery Effort (C.A.R.E.), the Hurricane Sandy Sea Isle Relief Fund, the Atlantic City Teachers United Coordinated Community efforts to help students and their families and the Wildwood Hurricane Relief Fund: the Lunch with Lynch Foundation.

All who attended were also asked to bring dry food donations which will be distributed to the Community Food Pantry at the Church of the Resurrection in Marmora and the Ocean City Ecumenical Food Cupboard at St. Peter's Methodist Church.

Upon arriving I said hello to Dave and Kathy Mason who were enjoying the generous buffet, then saw Bob and Lee Anne Harre too. When I saw Hobie Young walk in I knew members of the Upper Township Storm football team had to be in the house. They are always ready to help support a good cause.

One dollar draft beers kept Barb Piccoli busy behind the bar where I sat for a moment with Roger Howell. "It's nice to help our neighbors," he told me, "for those of us who suffered little or no damage its nice to give back." We were soon joined by Paul Grant and John and Rose Millar.

Kathy Babnew and Mary LeFever of the Upper Township School District were also there, as was Frank and Liz Conrad. I told Liz I was seeing the movie “Life of Pi” with my daughter Michelle and she and Susan Skeels asked me to give a movie review.

Jennifer Jamison, a librarian at the Venice Park School in Atlantic City, heard about the benefit and asked Jill Clark if they could be included. The students sent pictures and wrote short essays of their experiences witnessing their first big storm and these were displayed around the room.

"The water just kept rising and rising so we had to leave our house," wrote one student. The pictures told a thousand words.

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Students at the Venice Park School in Atlantic City drew pictures and wrote short essays of their experiences in their first big storm. Students at the Venice Park School in Atlantic City drew pictures and wrote short essays of their experiences in their first big storm.

Students at the Venice Park School in Atlantic City drew pictures and wrote short essays of their experiences in their first big storm. Students at the Venice Park School in Atlantic City drew pictures and wrote short essays of their experiences in their first big storm.

Members of the Upper Township Storm football team were on hand to offer support. Pictured here are Andy Waters, Ben Murphy, Chris O'Neill, Danny Stilwell and Darrell Feaster. Members of the Upper Township Storm football team were on hand to offer support. Pictured here are Andy Waters, Ben Murphy, Chris O'Neill, Danny Stilwell and Darrell Feaster.

Darlene Schweibinz, of Petersburg, looks over the first table of gifts. Darlene Schweibinz, of Petersburg, looks over the first table of gifts.

Enjoying the buffet are (from left) Vince and Chris Ferraro of Ocean City, Kate Hamilton and Colleen Murphy. Enjoying the buffet are (from left) Vince and Chris Ferraro of Ocean City, Kate Hamilton and Colleen Murphy.

Reading some of the children's essays were Nick and Mary Lou Salvia. Reading some of the children's essays were Nick and Mary Lou Salvia.


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