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Jersey Shore's Own Sandy Benefit Concert

An upcoming concert will benefit five charities that have aided and continue to aid victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Suffice it to say, On the Beach: A Sandy Relief Concert is no 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief.

Perhaps that’s not such a bad thing.

The latter concert raised millions of dollars for the Robin Hood Foundation’s Sandy relief fund with an aged lineup of sometimes-shirtless rock icons and was broadcast throughout the world on television, radio and the Internet. The concert helped highlight the need that followed Hurricane Sandy and has resulted in millions of grant dollars being distributed to various organizations, a majority of them in New York City.

But, the concert left promoter and Jersey Shore native Tony Pallagrosi feeling a bit detached. Despite Jersey representation at 12-12-12 courtesy of The Boss and Bon Jovi, the show was held at Madison Square Garden in front of a crowd that paid hundreds, and thousands of dollars per ticket; that even before the scalpers turned a Sandy relief concert into their own personal gold mine. 

On the Beach, scheduled for Jan. 2 and being held at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park, won’t command anywhere near the same kind of ticket prices and it won’t boast the unprecedented musical lineup as its Sandy relief forbearer – though be assured it’s got its own roster of music legends – but unlike 12-12-12, it’s for the Jersey Shore.

“You might be paying more if this weren’t a benefit show,” Pallagrosi said during a recent phone interview. “12-12-12, unless you were either saving your money for something like this or are fairly well off, you were not getting a ticket. We kind of went in the opposite direction. Let’s make this as accessible and affordable as possible. We wanted something that pretty much everyone could afford.”

Pallagrosi isn’t exaggerating. Tickets for On the Beach range from $40 to $60, a more than modest sum considering the lineup. Headlining the show is My Morning Jacket, an alternative, country, indie, psychedelic rock amalgamation that has released several critically lauded albums within the last 14 years.

The eclectic musical lineup also includes New Orleans’ Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Joseph Arthur, Nicole Atkins, River City Extensions, Tangiers Blues Band and even Steve Earle, a multiple-Grammy award winning singer-songwriter known for songs like “Guitar Town” and “Copperhead Road.”

Organized by three friends - Pallagrosi, along with photographer Danny Clinch and writer Tim Donnelly – On the Beach and its unique musical lineup came together as a way to raise money for several good causes while maintaining the essential local connection.

Everyone knows someone impacted by Hurricane Sandy, Pallagrosi said, and he and his fellow organizers are no exception. Using their particular skills – Pallagrosi a musician and promoter, Clinch a rock photographer, and Donnelly and activict and writer – the three set out to do what they could to help.

“Essentially, our relationships and what we do for a living allowed us to put this group of artists together. And the Paramount Theatre was the perfect place because it was, is on the beach,” Pallagrosi said. “Nothing had been done in Asbury Park on a larger scale. Since we had the opportunity and the capability to do it, we did. The artists were very great, forthcoming and welcoming. Everyone is really jumping on board and giving of their time and talent.”

Proceeds from the event are being distributed to Shore-focused non-profits that have been on the job immediately following Sandy’s wake. Waves for Water, RebuildRecover, Coastal Habitat for Humanity, The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties and Food for Thought By the Sea will receive proceeds from the event.

“The word that seems to be floating around is devastation,” he said. “I’ve lived along the shore my entire life. The towns I’ve been able to visit look like they’ve been hit by a tornado. Homes are broken half. Homes are just four and five blocks from where they originally resided. Some homes are just not even there anymore.”

As the rebuilding continues, so too does the need for help.

On the Beach: A Sandy Relief Concert is being held at the Paramount Theatre at 1300 Ocean Ave. on the boardwalk in Asbury Park on Jan. 2. Doors open at 6 pm. Tickets are available at TicketMaster.com, phone charge at 800-745-3000, TicketMaster Outlets, the Stone Pony Box Office through Monday and the Paramount Theatre the day of the show, if available.

tom herr December 27, 2012 at 02:49 PM
How could they have 12-12-12 concert have Springsteen an Bon Jovi (both I have no respect for and have all the money allocated for New York.Why didn't they have the balls to have money sent to NJ.Now they are having a concert in Asbury Park and they are not involved.
Tina December 27, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Ok I am a little annoyed by this article. The 12-12-12 concert DID benefit the Jersey Shore, I received an email from the Monmouth County Branch of the Affordable Housing Alliance about a week or so after the concert. They received a Grant from The Robin Hood Fund, a very large amount I might add. Yes the organization is based in NY and a lot of money has gone to NY but they are also sending money to NJ as well. Fact checking people!!
Tina December 27, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Affordable Housing Alliance - Monmouth County $1 million American Friends Services Committee - North Jersey - $10,000 Atlantic City Long Term Recovery Group - $50,000 Borough of Keansburg Trust - $150,000 Casa Freehold - $55,000 Center of United Methodist Aid to the Community (CUMAC) - $50,000 Church of Grace and Peace - Ocean Cty - $25,000 Community Affairs and Resources Center - Monmouth Cty - $60,000 Community Food Bank of New Jersey - $400,000 Community Services, Inc. (seniors) - Ocean Cty - $50,000 And the list continues...they only send funds to organizations and those organizations give funds to us regular folks.
Tina December 27, 2012 at 03:32 PM
http://www.robinhood.org/rhsandy - here is where I got my info.
Opinionated December 27, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Oh Tina, I did some math and we get about $6.25 million while NY gets $12.4 million. When you combine this and this story http://www.businessinsider.com/congress-sandy-relief-act-money-pork-2012-12 I can see where some people are upset. What really annoys me is how some completely and deliberately ignore the fact that some are trying to exploit this disaster for their own benefit. A good example is a certain newspaper in Asbury Park (which I say is only good for their coupons and bird cage lining) goes on a rant to pass a relief bill right now without checking it for pork. I realize this post will be ignored because of people's tunnelvision.
Tina December 27, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Regardless, the Jersey Shore is benefiting and will continue to benefit. What annoyed me is that the article implied the show didn't benefit the Shore, or as the other commenter that the funds were not allocated. They can not allocate the funds if the organizations don't apply. And there are alot of ppl that are exploiting this disaster to their own benefit. It's wrong.
J.JONES December 27, 2012 at 06:09 PM
@tom Herr...Tom 40% of the gardens concert went to Jersey...The diff went to New York,Staten Isl,and Conn....I would invite the Boss and Bonjovi to Asbury Parks show They would probably show up...
neilnj December 27, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Really??? Where's the money? I live on the water in Brick NJ, I have damage and haven't seen a penny or help except for my flood insurance. I have friends that lost everything and have yet to see anyone helping them! All i see is companies staffing up but no help getting to the ones in need. Who helps them???
Tina December 27, 2012 at 07:59 PM
The Robin Hood Foundation does not give to individuals directly they give to non-profit organizations. If they are in need or if you are in need why not contact one of those agencies in your area to apply for funds on the website? There are several listed. I lost my home and (my car-flooded and stolen) in Seaside Heights, but i am not screaming about where is my money. I applied to FEMA after the storm. We all need to stick together.
Tina December 27, 2012 at 08:00 PM
*they're several listed, sorry.
Brick December 27, 2012 at 08:13 PM
The Robin Hood Foundation is continuing to give out the proceeds from the show. First Presbyterian Church in Manasquan just received a $50,000 grant to help with all of their relief efforts. Any non-profit organization working with those affected by Sandy can apply for a grant from the Foundation.
Irina December 28, 2012 at 12:32 AM
http://www.robinhood.org/sites/default/files/2011%20Robin%20Hood%20Public%20990.pdf (It's many pages before you get to the officers compensation) Geeze look at their financials.....The lowest paid grunt makes over $200K a year. The big mucky muck get $640K per year. And there is alot of big wigs there. Yup Robin Hood Foundation takes from the rick and then gives a small bit to the poor and a big chunk to themselves. The amounts reported by Tina are chump change and should be much greater.
Ralebird December 28, 2012 at 05:32 AM
What the hell are you talking about? You might not care for Bruce or BonJovi (who cares?) but they were contributors to the 12-12-12 concert not the promoters, they don't get to decide where the money gets spent. Incidentally, 40% of all 12-12-12 revenue goes to New Jersey. Don't you feel stupid?
Tina December 28, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Did you ever think that this is the amount that these agencies asked for? They are still out there funding. I only gave the amounts because this article and a commenter said NJ did not benefit from this concert. who cares what the big wigs make? the Red Cross pay themselves too and everyone still donate to them. I think a million to the Affordable Housing Alliance to get ppl into rentals and new homes is huge amount not chump change.
lawrence williard December 28, 2012 at 03:51 PM
The article says a majority of the funding has gone to NYC, not all of it. Your link shows that a majority of funding has gone to NYC, not the Jersey shore. Learn how to read.
Tina December 28, 2012 at 04:18 PM
wow. excuse me, did I offend YOU sir? I did not ask for my intelligance to be questioned. OF course I can read. I was clearly making a point that the shore did benefit and maybe I did not word things correctly. i wanted to point out that the benefit was in fact benefitting the shore and is still doing so. the organization is based in NY so yes of course most of the organizations are going to receive funds from them.
lawrence williard December 28, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Why are you crying? I don't get it. Don't you want local charities and organizations to step up and help out with hurricane sandy recovery? Why are you against charity?
JJ December 28, 2012 at 06:33 PM
The reason that Robin Hood ran the 12/12 concert is so that the funds wouldnt be misappropriated by the likes of poorly run outfits like the Red Cross. Tina is also correct that Robin Hood doesnt give to individuals directly. While I am VERY skeptical of the intentions of many "relief" concerts and orginizations, these guys are legit.
Tina December 28, 2012 at 07:02 PM
never said I was against charity. did you see my post below, i lost my home and my car (flooded and stolen out of my back yard) in Seaside Heights, my town was destroyed as many towns were. I am all for local charities stepping up and helping our. I have been to several benefits for the shore. and no one is crying here.
Irina December 28, 2012 at 10:55 PM
@Tina...."who cares what the big wigs make?" What a STUPID statement. Maybe a charity that gives most if not all of the money should've ran this event. The choose their name well.
Marjorie Smith December 28, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Tina - " The concert helped highlight the need that followed Hurricane Sandy and has resulted in millions of grant dollars being distributed to various organizations, a majority of them in New York City" This statement indicates that New York received most of the benefit but does not imply that New Jersey received nothing. There is a difference and your soapbox posturing does not change the meaning of the words. That being said, I hope that you and your family are on the road to recovery and I cannot imagine how terrible the storm and its aftermath have been for you. May the New Year bring relief for you.
Marjorie Smith December 28, 2012 at 11:42 PM
I hope these musicians in Asbury Park sell out and have to run extra shows. As far as the pork is concerned, every agency from the Robin Hood Foundation down to the smallest non-profit will take a cut of the benefit money. The only non-profit which has been proven to distribute the majority of charitable funding is the Salvation Army.
Theuresamaven December 29, 2012 at 07:34 AM
For the uninitiated, The Robin Hood Foundation was started by John Kennedy, and continued by his sister after his death. The foundation was one of the few that did not play games with half a billion in funds collected for September 11 survivors. With a few execptions, Robin Hood parcels out funds on a case by case basis. So Tom Herr, if New Jersey organizations want donations from the Robin Hood Foundation perhaps they need to ask for them. The foundation's telephone number is listed in the New York telephone book undet R.
grace December 29, 2012 at 10:13 PM
tina i wish that monies raised went to people who need it...maybe if you filed a claim with fema and were turned down, send them a check...everyone is putting out their savings etc to fix damage from this storm..i would like to get some reimbursement...wheres the red cross money etc?

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