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

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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