SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A city on the Pacific Coast is reaching out to a Jersey shore town with a similar name.

Seaside, Ore. plans on holding several fundraisers to help finance a new entrance for Seaside Heights, N.J., which was heavily damaged during Superstorm Sandy.

Don Larson, the mayor of Seaside, said that he sees a lot of similarities with the New Jersey borough — both are coastal towns with tourism driven economies and both are acutely aware of the damage natural disasters mean for them.

“We felt a real connection when we heard the name Seaside Heights and then we realized that they were a tourist town and their boardwalk had been eliminated,” Larson told 1010 WINS. “Their city was established in 1913, ours was established in 1899. So we kind of understand that we’re just old cities that are doing their best to keep moving and we just want to help them through this.”

The Oregon city is planning three fundraisers for Seaside Heights starting March 22, including a Rock and Swim event, a Skate competition and a Pancake dinner and raffle.

Larson said their city has a similar design and they’d like to help out with the $75,000 dollar project.

“We just thought we would do the best we can to raise money for this,” Larson said. “We just felt a closeness and together we decided that we should probably help.”

Most of the events will have a $5 entrance fee.

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