The brunt of Hurricane Sandy's damage may have occurred hundreds of miles away on the Jersey Shore, but many in Bucks County still felt those effects, including Joe Shields, owner and manager of Kenny's Spirited Eatery in Upper Southampton.
"I had a place in a mobile home park in Holgate, on Long Beach Island, where I would stay to do some surfing," said Shields. "The whole place was just wiped out."
His love of the shore prompted Shields to get heavily involved in the ongoing rebuilding efforts. Shields has invited the public to help the cause by holding a "Restore the Love" fundraiser Feb. 16 at 4 p.m. There is no charge to attend, but donations are requested. Not just monetary contributions are needed, by the way, but also materials.
"We are going to have large container that people can deposit construction supplies," said Shields. Some of the materials requested, according to Kenny's Facebook page, include:
- Crow bars/pry bars
- Heavy duty brooms
- Construction grade trash bags
- Work gloves
- Safety goggles
- Hard hats
- Respirators (mold certified)
- Tyvek one-piece suits
- 5/8 fire retardant drywall
- Drywall screws
- 2x4 lumber
- Water heaters (both electric & gas)
- Space heaters
- Cleaning supplies
- Baby supplies
All of the bands set to provide live music throughout the event have donated their time for the cause. The roster includes The Louie Franko Project, Crazy Train, Steve Guyger and the Excellos, Pop Fiction, Jay Mannon and house DJ Troubblemaker closing out the night.
Proceeds from donations and 10 percent of all sales will benefit Restore the Shore - PA Chapter and the Waves for Water Hurricane Sandy Relief Inititative.