Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty today announced that the “Home by Summer” campaign has already raised $104,000 in the 6 weeks since the launch of the fundraising drive in February. Home by Summer is the effort to return the last two families displaced by Superstorm Sandy to their homes in Belmar. The Keefe and Sperber families sustained significant damage to their homes and have seen the last of the state and federal grant money for Sandy relief programs run out while their home repairs continue to be ongoing and unaffordable.
“We are halfway there. The response from Belmar residents, businesses and people around the country has been awe inspiring. Construction on both homes has recommenced and is well on schedule for completion by Summer 2015. Together we will make this happen.” said Mayor Doherty.
Donations can be easily made through PayPal at www.belmar.com.Donations have been received from individuals living in Texas, California, Illinois and Florida; ranging from $3 - $2,000 on PayPal and a mailed check for $5,000 from someone in Illinois. All donations have come from those who have been moved by the families stories and motivated to help.
In an event just this past weekend, the Belmar Fishing Club and Beach Music Studios in Belmar raised over $4,000 in a concert featuring Danny White. Similar fundraising events are planned:
March 29, 2015 ~ Bobby Byrne at the Belmar Elementary School Auditorium ~ 3pm
April 11, 2015 ~ Zumba-thon with DeCarlo Fitness in the Belmar Gymnasium ~ 10am
Early contributions from D’Jais Bar and Grille for $5,000, Maser Consulting for $5,000, M Public Affairs for $5,000 and the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh for $4,000 kicked off the fundraising effort that has now been complimented with grassroots fundraising events hosted by local businesses and performers.
The “Home By Summer” campaign has The Saint Vincent DePaul Society of St. Rose in Belmar as a partner. They are a 501c(3) non-profit and have opened an account at Central Jersey Bank for the express purposes of raising money and paying contractors for work completed. ALL DONATIONS ARE FULLY TAX DEDUCTIBLE.
Donations can be made online through PayPal by going towww.Belmar.com and clicking the link “Home by Summer” or checks can be made out to “Home By Summer” and mailed to Borough of Belmar, Attn: Home by Summer, PO Box A, Belmar, NJ, 07719