Last updated on May 16, 2017 at 02:42 pm
It was some of the best weather we’ve had all year, and a perfect day to celebrate the rebuilding of another one of our local shore towns. Last Saturday’s “Miracle on Main Street” event gave Manasquan residents and supporters a chance to come together and aimed at helping the town raise money for rebuilding efforts needed after Superstorm Sandy.
Having grown up going to the beach in Manasquan and still living just down the street, it was such a great experience to be a part of. Local businesses and organizations donated their time, food and energy to help make this family-friendly event a total success. Kids were captivated by the dance contest and no one minded waiting in line for free hot dogs grilled up by the local fireman and ice cream handed out straight from the truck. It was simply nice to be out in the sunshine, running in to friends from the past, and knowing that the town we all love will be fine once again.
Although the official count is still being tabulated, organizers believe to have raised over $30,000. Donations poured in from the sale of Miracle on Main Street t-shirts and badges giving admission, free buffet and music from local bands at over fifteen participating bars and restaurants in Manasquan and surrounding beach towns. Over 1,000 people made an appearance at some point during the day and I’m sure I’ll be seeing those t-shirts proudly worn around town for years to come!
Manasquan Mayor George Dempsey spoke briefly about the rebuilding efforts and was cheered on by the crowd. Other speakers included representatives from the organizations receiving the donations raised by the event, all of which are local charities that have been going full force to help residents since Sandy struck last October.
It was touching to see so many people come out to support a town that means so much to them and to their families. As the restoration continues, I know that local residents will continue to support one another and the damaged towns that so desperately needed help. I’ve already got my beach badge for this upcoming summer season and plan to do whatever I can to help my favorite beach town get back to its old self as quickly as possible. Rebuild. Restore. Jersey Shore.