Fundraiser Being Held Thursday Night In New City

EDGEWATER, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Salvage crews will soon look to retrieve whatever keepsakes, mementos or other personal items survived the massive fire at the Avalon at Edgewater apartment complex last month.

Residents are demanding that a group representing their interests be allowed on site to monitor the process, The Record reported. AvalonBay Communities Inc. said it’s too dangerous and promises there will be security.

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Meanwhile, on Thursday night in New City, New York, Yankees radio play-by-play announcer John Sterling, who is among the 500 people who have been displaced by the Jan. 21 fire, will host a fundraiser for his neighbors, WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reported.

“You never think it’s going to happen to you, but think of your family — and I saw a lot of kids in that complex, an enormous complex,” Sterling said. “Now you have nothing. Nothing. And you have to start from scratch.”

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Sterling said he doesn’t want any pity and just wants to help the others.

The flyer for February's charity event benefiting those displaced by the Edgewater fire in late January.

Flyer for the fundraiser benefiting victims of the Avalon at Edgewater fire. Click to enlarge.

The fundraiser is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at D&D’s Restaurant & Pub. Admission is $50. Sterling, his radio partner, Suzyn Waldman, Yankees greats David Cone, Bucky Dent, Roy White and Willie Randolph and many others will be on hand.

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The blaze was started by workers doing plumbing repairs. The five-alarm fire destroyed 240 of the complex’s 408 units.