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Sandy Victims to Benefit From Pavinci's Event

Several hundred expected to attend event Sunday that will include musical performances, raffles, food and more to benefit residents who lost homes from storm.

Just over a month after Superstorm Sandy caused severe damage throughout Hopatcong, the borough is coming together to raise money for those victims still suffering from the aftermath.

The Hurricane Hopatcong - We Hit Harder benefit will bring the community together at Pavinci's Italian Grill on Sunday to raise money for the three families in the borough whose homes were destroyed from the storm.

The event, which will go on from 3 to 9 p.m., will be filled with family-friendly activities, including music entertainment from local musicians, giveaways, door prizes, and more.

Local musician and Hopatcong resident Robin DeLorenzo organized the event, after she had the idea to put her music and marketing skills together, and help the town out.

She approached Mario Ferra, the owner of Pavinci's, about her idea, and said he immediately agreed to host the benefit. After meetings with township officials, she created a website and a Facebook event and said it was an instant hit.

"I was pretty confident that I had enough friends and people in town that it could explode," she said. "And it did."

DeLorenzo said within two days, over 100 people joined the Facebook event for the benefit.

As of Wedneday, more than 230 people said they're attending.

"The outpouring of support has been incredible," she said.

Nationally recognized comedian, impressionist and actor Pete DeLorenzo will be the Master of Ceremonies. Pete DeLorezno has been on David Letterman, Comedy Central, and the Soprano’s.

Local bands, including Robin DeLorenzo's band, the Danny Nova Band, Who’s Johnny, and Lost in Place will perform throughout the event.

Over 50 local businesses, which are all listed out on the event website, have contributed to the event by donating gifts and gift cards for prizes for the live auctions, raffles, and tricky tray.

"One of the main goals for me was to keep it local as possible so it could benefit three of our families, but also our business owners in town," DeLorenzo said. "It creates a bigger picture of the community pulling together than just the six-hour event."

Those who wish to attend can purchase a ticket for a  $5 minimum donation. DeLorezno said organizers are suggesting residents 21 and over to donate $20, and $10 for 20 and under.

DeLorenzo said donations and volunteers are still needed and are welcome. She said the tickets, T-shirts, and monetary donations can all be made through the website. Tickets can also be purchased at the door. 

Mayor Sylvia Petillo, who will be at the event on Sunday, said the beneift provides a "wonderful opportunity" for residents to help families impacted by Sandy.

"People have been asking how can they help, who can they donate to," she said. "This is one way that the money will go directly to families that had homes damaged and have been displaced."

For more information about the event, visit www.hurricanehopatcong.com

Linda Dora November 29, 2012 at 01:40 PM
This is a great thing to do coming together to HELP people in need .. This is a wonderful town thank you to the people that care Robin that put it together and Mario you are always there to help people in need and all the business that donated. I am sure this will be a Huge Success. BEST OF LUCK
Dawn J November 30, 2012 at 01:58 AM
This is supposed to a positive event to bring the community together not cause stife. Robin has done an amazing job with this event so please cut her some slack and try contacting her again.
Heidi Keiser November 30, 2012 at 04:36 AM
People can only go one step at a time, one problem at a time. Everything in time. This event is a brilliant idea. Sad for others who may feel their troubles are overlooked, but one human being cannot be held responsible especially when she is doing such a good deed. Hopefully, there are ways to reach more people by duplicating such love, spreading the generosity, and passing it along. Great ideas catch on.
lriffel November 30, 2012 at 10:44 AM
Where did you go Bobby Mac Disney World. If money was an issue the smart thing to have done would be going to the HS shelter. $540 per day seems like poor choices to me.
Hopatcongpop November 30, 2012 at 11:17 AM
Bpbby Mac, how about coming out on Sunday and volunteer? You will see how the people come out and help one another here in town.
Frazure November 30, 2012 at 01:59 PM
I think it's a great idea and applaud Robin, Mario, all other local business and individuals contributing to the effort. I saw one of the homes in town rendered totally unlivable as a result of the storm - a very humbling site. Maybe instead of selecting only three families to benefit from this, possibly it may have been a better idea to establish a fund and distribute the proceeds according to the needs of those in town who suffered more than others. In any case, Robin, Mario and all the others behind this effort should be commended for their caring efforts.
Lake Resident November 30, 2012 at 04:10 PM
All of our community has suffered with many additional expenses during the storm - I believe the point is provide those left with nothing means extreme "such as a roof over their heads". Great Job Robin and the rest of the group for coming together for those left in this unfortunate position. GREAT JOB!
Jessica November 30, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Bobby Mac you come off sounding like a really greedy person. There was no need for you to hard wire your generator and having a generator was a luxury. The people of the town of Hopatcong should not have to pay for. Also if you contact your insurance company they will pay you for spoiled food and if they do not FEMA will.
Cathy Bowen November 30, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Jessica you are mistaken FEMA is not giving money for spoiled food.
Christina C. December 01, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Bobby Mac, please don't make this out to be a bad thing. Although it would be great to be able to help everyone in need, it's absolutely not possible. I'm sorry your situation is so dire and pray for some relief for you. Robin is doing an incredible deed here by helping 3 families. Don't make her out to be a villain because you are not a direct beneficiary of this particular event. More people should model such selflessness as Robin has, and donate their time and energy to raise money, awareness, and a sense of community!
Christina C. December 01, 2012 at 02:39 AM
Bobby Mac, now you're being a jerk! You should be grateful you still have a home standing that necessitates you having to run a grinder pump. $2700 for a generator is absurd--how many watts?!!! Costco has and had 9000 watt generators for $700. I'm sorry if you're not a very good shopper. I too needed a generator and have a handicapped daughter in a wheelchair on a 24-hour ventilator and got a 10,000 watt for way cheaper than $2700. You got robbed. Stop your crying and do something about your situation. Now your going to go after how this fundraiser has decided to help families and whether or not they are compliant? How do you know they have adequate insurance? You need to step back and make less judgments about other people and more judgments about your own personal situation!
Christina C. December 01, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Bobby Mac-good luck to you.
Louis O December 01, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Am I missing something here??? Is this not all about helping your neighbors and not bashing the do gooders .. Instead of sitting on the computer complaining get out there and help, whether yourself or your neighbors .. volunteers were needed and many stepped up to the plate .. I pray God puts love in your heart and removes the bitterness that comes through as someone who is just thinking of me me me!! .. Apparently as you stated you also had insurance so why should you be put on the priority list and begrudge others? Much success tomorrow and God's blessings for all! Thank you Robin for stepping up to the plate!
lriffel December 01, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Bobby Mac: I stand by my initial assessment; you make poor choices. You have no job and limited funds yet you purchase a top of the line generator? You said you were protecting your home from damage but now you cant pay your mortgage and "many other bills." The grinder pump would not have backed up if you used the shelter from the first. Its a shame that you begrudge help given to others. The people of Hopatcong are not paying to help these three families. A fundraiser is taking place and people are free to participate or not. Now might be a good time for you to do some soul searching. Good luck.
Roseanne Marie S. December 01, 2012 at 11:03 PM
Wow, instead of making plans for tomorrow we are having to argue about who gets what and why. It saddens me that we have to defend Robin and a fundraiser which is sorely needed for these families. I can't begin to tell you how much money both myself and my neighbors are out because of Sandy, but we are all grateful to have a roof over our heads and all our family members under that roof to kiss goodnight. Please take a deep breath and realize what Robin is doing is such a selfless and beautiful act of love and kindness for our neighbors, and YES they are OUR neighbors. I'm so glad to see all the love and generosity that my fellow Hopatcong neighbors have displayed to each other throughout this ordeal, and it is especially evident on here tonight. It's one more reason I am proud to say I live in Hopatcong.
The "Original" Hopatcong Mom December 02, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Bobby Mac: You are in the wrong here to claim any fundraiser this town is trying to put on is "illegal", why are you trying to decide who should be helped. If you do not like the 3 families being supported, then don't go. Robin ran the fundraiser and can choose whomever she wants to give the money to since eveyone attending knows up front where the money is going! I know this becasue I hold an annual fundraiser and I pick whomever I want to receive it! You are just sour grapes because you are not benefitting...that is selfish!! Homeowners insurance will pay for MOST, but you don't know what it will cover and what their contents of home insurance is, don't assume anything and do you know how long the wait will be for money to come through? Christmas is around the corner and these families will have to celebrate somewhere other than their home! Maybe the money is going to help them buy a tree or presents! Instead of hooking up a generator and spending too much money on gas, why didn't you LIVE in the shelter...I did, for almost 2 weeks~it was humbling, but warm, safe and 3 meals a day! And it cost me nothing....but a check will be written in the new year to the Red Cross as a thank you for the hospitality! P.S. Maybe it's time to change your insurance company...mine and my parents and a few others I know DID get money reimbursed for food expenses because we were in a state of emeregency! Got $300 (better than nothing)!
Frazure December 02, 2012 at 04:53 PM
As Louis O. put it, I also heard a lot of "me, me, me...." during the several weeks following the storm. If I had a nickel for every time I heard "They got their power back down the street 2 days ago......what about ME?"........Today's event will benefit benefit at least several who have some immediate needs, and if it's not "me, me, me....", then so be it. This is a case of neighbors helping neighbors and Robin should be commended for stepping up to the place.
Jessica December 02, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Many insurance companies did let you claim your food. I am sorry yours did not.
Green eggs & spam December 03, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Maybe if you spent more time looking for a job you would find one. Just a suggestion. Good things happen to good people.
Project Graduation 2012 December 03, 2012 at 03:28 AM
You might have wanted to show up today. There was a pile of papers on the front table that asked if anyone needed assistance, repairs, tree removal, appliances, food, anything except cash,all you had to do was fill out the form and someone would have done their best to help you. People filled them out, and hopefully they will get the help we all need. I understand your frustration, however, posting the laws regarding fundraising in just uncalled for. It is a low blow and honestly, just makes you sound jealous. Between damage to my home, my loss of food, my loss of pay I am out thousands of dollars. I volunteered at the Red Cross shelter and volunteered today. Yes, I am broke, pretty darn close to Christmas, however, we are all not crammed into a hotel room, and my kids know how lucky we were and how unlucky so many were. As Robin had stated there were `18 families displaced and top three (most costly damage & need) were chosen. I'm sure if she could have done all of them she would have. This was pulled off in a three week period and who says she is done and what is stopping anyone else from stepping up to the plate and doing something?
Project Graduation 2012 December 03, 2012 at 03:44 AM
I would not donate to the Red Cross, all they did was supply the cots. It was the Hopatcong Cert team that ran the shelter and it was the Hopatcong residents and local churches who donated everything else. The CEO of the Red Cross makes over $600,000 a year and they did alot of complaining about the donations that came in as well as brag about how much money they were making off the storm. Please donate locally if you are going to donate.
Christina C. December 03, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Well said Robin! Everyone else, let's not waste another second on this "holier than thou" Bobby Mac who, if he spent this much time and energy looking for a job and not trying to find a loophole to bad mouth a wonderful cause, would probably be employed by now. Although, if he's been offered gameful employment, I'm sure he has found it to be beneath his standards! I think it's clear why he has been unemployed for so long...who wants to work with THAT?! Great job yesterday Robin! Hopatcong is blessed to have people like you!
Dawn J December 04, 2012 at 01:54 AM
Shame on you Bobby Mac!!!!! Yesterday's event was amazing!! It was so nice to see our communtiy reach out and help their own. I so proud to say that Hopatcong is my hometown. Hopatcongers or Hopatcongites are a very resilant bunch and we will always defend each other except when of our own step out of line. Bobby Mac you have stepped way out of line!!!! Take all that negativity and use the energy to find a job or gain assistance with your job search!! There is a group out of the Dover unemployment office call PROs. Contact the Sussex County Unemployment office and they will refer you to the group. The Hopatcong branch of the Sussex County library also has a lot of resources as well.
Hans van Loenen December 04, 2012 at 02:49 AM
Dear Bob McCloskey, I did try to leave you a response before regarding your negative comments regarding the Hopatcong Hurricane benefit that took place yesterday. I have to tell you that this was the most wonderfull event I ever experienced and I was very happy to able to volenteer. However, when I read you comments, I looked up the words Greedy, Narcissistic, selfish, egotism on wikipedia. Sad fact is that your picture shows up each time I look up one of these words. I do feel sorry for you that your $2700 generator could not keep your 16 refrigerators running with $ 700 worth of food in it. Do you have stock in Shoprite. I dont think I have ever seen $700 worth of food in one house. Just a reminder for you, that this was an event about loving your neighbor and helping out the unfortunate people that lost everything. Not for people like you that could afford $2700 generators and $700 worth of food while on UNEMPLOYEMENT. Please Bobby,there is help for people like you, go find a counselor and become a happy person Hans van Loenen Volunteer Hopatcong hits harder event
The Watcher December 04, 2012 at 06:04 PM
@Bobby Mac let me commend you on your ability to research and have your generator "hard wired" most of us were just trying to find a generator anywhere. As for some of your other comments, I understand your concern due to past practices by some individuals in town, but let me remind you those actions do not define everyone in town. Might I suggest your time would be better spent at a council meeting? Adoption Ordinance #25-2012 – Cable Television Franchise ten year contract. Resolution #2012-266 – 2012-2013 Hunting Season on Municipal Property Resolution #2012-277 – Deer Hunting Application Resolution #2012-267 – 2013 Borough Holidays Resolution #2012-276 – Special Item of Revenue – Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over A motion is in order to adopt a resolution appropriating $4,400 into the 2012 budget under the caption of “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over 2012 Statewide Crackdown”. http://www.hopatcong.org/agenda/REG120512.pdf Perhaps you could go to the meetings and report back to the rest of us your perspective on municipal workings and procedures. That would be a productive way to help the community. It would also be a way to put your research and communications skills to work and perhaps even help you in your employment objectives.
MOYB Bigshot December 04, 2012 at 08:04 PM
"Six figure corporate executive" huh? And this is important because? What does this bit of information have anything to do with the fact that you are coming off quite greedy, bitter, and resentful because several families will get a little money to help them through the loss of their home? Everyone lost out as you did, I too had to purchase a generator, lost food, and paid for gas to fuel the generator. The difference between us and them is we have our homes, they do not. Have a heart. As a "corporate executive", charity money should be the last thing on your mind AND you need to mind your own business. In addition, if the families did not have a mortgage and the home was paid off, they did not need to have insurance and perhaps they did not. Bad choice indeed but they had no obligation especially if they could not afford it. If that is the case, homeowner's insurance will be paying nothing. Have some self respect. You are coming off as angry because you will not be getting a payout from this. Go about your business big shot, and let everyone else do the same.
The "Original" Hopatcong Mom December 05, 2012 at 12:06 PM
Swallow your pride Bobby Mac and work at Shop-Rote, Walmart, or even the mall!!cause THEY ARE ALL Hiring!!!! Everyone is right...you're holding out for the "dream job" and complaining in the process! A job is a job bringing in money no matter where you work!!! Once again you are so arrogant and ignorant!! Those 3 families were chosen because THEY HAVE NO HOME!!!! Boo-Hoo, I have no electric: Boo-Hoo, I have no water: Boo-Hoo, I lost $700? worth of food! Boo-Hoo: I have no job but got a $3k generator! You act like you were so different from the rest of Hopatcong...wake-up! You're not....Oh wait! You are! You have a house!! You are SO selfish!! The fact that you would even "threat" to repost them show was an @$$ you really are: do you think the Gov. would even acknowledge your complaint in such a desperate time in NJ? As long as he knew the money went to the 3 advertised families, he would probably praise Robin and the community for coming together! You know the more you argue back and forth, the more"sour" you sound! Get a job and stop complaining that you still intact house didn't "reap" you any benefits!!!!
The "Original" Hopatcong Mom December 05, 2012 at 12:20 PM
Sorry for some of my "grammar" errors as I was typing quickly because I was angry! Bobby Mac, I too, just looked up laws of fundraising and FOUND NOTHING that you claim! The only laws I found had to do with "Organizations" (Robin is not an organization) and only had to with licensing for games of chance (ie: Bingo, 50/50). Nothing about charging someone to enter a restaurant and giving the money to 3 advertised families!! So Great Job Robin....you are an exception to the rule and we are honored to have you help Hopatcong!!
The Watcher December 05, 2012 at 05:19 PM
@Robin that is a very good suggestion. Five thousand dollars for each family is great! It was a wonderful thing you did and it helped not only the families but the people who attended. We've been through a lot lately, and as I said although I understand his point Bobby Mac should find out who donated the truckload of gas cans and where they went, not a fundraiser that was done out in the open. Everyone had a great time and it was wonderful to see the community come together. Those of us who still have a roof are grateful and it's nice to know that if anyone of us needed help people like you, Mario, and the community will be there. Many thanks to All of you.
Denise Caputo December 13, 2012 at 04:20 PM
We too volunteered our time at this event and it was a packed house. I did the community proud to come together. We have all lost so much. I had no work, and I agree before Christmas it is difficult, we lost food, we borrowed a generator after a week and spent hundreds of dollars of gas that we can not get reimbursed for because we did not have receipts. So what? We managed, we are all struggling to survive right now Bobby the point is, most of us do not think of ourselves. Robin explained the selection process to you. If she did not get back to you in a time frame that was appropriate for you, I am sure she was busy helping others. I know one of the families and I can tell you, between FEMA and homeowners it is not enough to rebuild their house. Do you have any suggestions on what they could do? I am sure we are all up to hearing what you have to say since you seem to be filled with all of the facts. How do we help those who suffered the most Bobby? Be part of the solution here, make your complaining worth while. My son is doing a toy drive at the Middle School If you are in need of Christmas gifts for your children, let me know and I will pass the information along. All I ask is that you dont report him to the state as an illegal fundraiser because as an 11 year old trying to do something for his friends and community, I would hate to have his generous spirit ruined because he is afraid to get in trouble.

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