Jersey Shorefest Raises $20,000 for LBI First Responders

Jun 27, 2013
Photo by: Connor Warren

Although they were hoping for a quadruple figure turnout, organizers of the June 22 Jersey Shorefest Music Festival seemed generally pleased and hope to hold it again next summer.

Plans for the event at Sunset Park in Harvey Cedars were launched in January by Jay Zimmerman, a member of the High Point (Harvey Cedars) Volunteer Fire Co., and by Jonathan Carr of Severe NJ Weather.

“We wanted to kick off summer with a great day of fun while also helping our first aid squads and fire departments all over the Island with Superstorm Sandy relief,” said Zimmerman, who is also captain of the Barnegat Light First Aid Squad.

The event featured six bands, with various other attractions and food vendors. Zimmerman said it drew approximately 500 people and raised approximately $20,000.

“We were initially figuring we’d get at least a thousand people,” he said. “The weather was great, so that was not going to be a problem.”

Zimmerman said he hopes it becomes an annual event. “There’s no doubt that these first responders will still need help in the years to come,” he said.

“The bands were really good and families were having a great time,” said Sean Marti, High Point fire chief. “We thought maybe the turnout was a little low because a lot of people wanted to go to the beach,” said Marti. “But it turns out the beaches weren’t very crowded, either, so we’re not sure what happened.

“We’re glad that some money could be raised to help the first aid squads and fire companies. Maybe we’ll do better next time,” he added.

— Eric Englund

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