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Local Artists Rock Montclair To Raise Money For Shore Towns That Were Hit The Hardest By Sandy

Damage from Sandy in Seaside Heights is seen from Chopper 880 - Oct. 31, 2012 (credit: Tom Kaminski / WCBS 880)

Damage from Sandy in Seaside Heights is seen from Chopper 880 – Oct. 31, 2012 (credit: Tom Kaminski / WCBS 880)

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MONTCLAIR, NJ(CBSNewYork) — Musicians from New Jersey teemed up with a local TV station and the Montclair PBA to raise money and awareness for victims of Hurricane Sandy.

The live event rocked the Montclair Municipal Chambers and featured acts like Big Mamou, Michael Deleeuw and the Hobos, and The Eugene Chrysler Band, among others.

Alma Schneider of Parents Who Rock, organized the talent for the benefit. Schneider told WCBS 880 that she was amazed by the response that the event received from local talent.

“I thought maybe we should have seven acts. I got about fifteen within ten minutes, so we decided to let everybody in,” she explained.

Event organizer Sharon Colucci, the station manager at TV34 in Montclair, said that the event served as a way for storm survivors to help make life easier for their neighbors who lost the most during Sandy.

“This is the way I need to deal with it. I need to make life, for my neighbors a little bit easier. My poor neighbor across the street had a restaurant in Hoboken. He lost the restaurant in Hoboken, he lost his home in Ortley Beach,” she said.

The event was open to the public and tables were set up to collect monetary donations that will be used to help hard hit towns like Seaside Heights, Normandy Beach, Ocean Beach, and Ortley Beach.

Attendees were also asked to bring toys and gift cards to be donated to Operation Jersey Shore Santa.

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