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Patiopalooza 2013 Raises Funds for Charity

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check picture smallSuperstorm Sandy left our entire area without power, and many with damaged homes. Immediately after the storm, St. Gregory’s Pantry in Point Pleasant was helping to feed the community during its most vulnerable stage. During the next few months they continued providing food and household items to those who normally wouldn’t find themselves in need of assistance. Our community depended on St. Gregory’s Pantry and they were there to help.

When it came time to plan Patio Palooza, an annual fundraising concert hosted by Chefs International and Mike Dalton at The Wharfside Patio Bar, it was a no-brainer that this year’s benefactor should be a local charity who aided the Sandy-ravaged community.

“We wanted to give back in a way that was like a repayment,” said Bob Cooper, President of Chefs International, “and we knew St. Gregory’s helped a lot of people for a lot of months in addition to the aid they provided on the regular.”

Patio Palooza 2013 featured over thirty local musicians who all donated their time to perform at the benefit. Miller Lite sponsored the event t-shirts. Donated Jets tickets and other items were raffled off. At the end of the event a portion of the proceeds from the evening’s drinks and food sales along with one-hundred percent of the proceeds from t-shirt, 50/50 and raffle sales went to St. Gregory’s Pantry.

“This was the fourth annual event and we are quite happy with the turnout. Everyone works so hard to help put it together and in the end we know it was well worth it. I’d like to thank everyone for their support and we look forward to continuing this tradition,” said Cooper.

Rocking out to raise money, 4th Annual “Patio Palooza” returns!

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patiopalooza_2013The 4th Annual Patio Palooza is being held next Wednesday September 18th at the Wharfside Patio Bar in Point Pleasant from 5-10 PM. The end of summer bash brings together the shores most popular bands – all for a good cause. This year, all proceeds from the event will go towards the St. Gregory’s Pantry of Point Pleasant, which is housed in St. Mary’s by the Sea , and is a community based, nonprofit emergency food bank, that serves the greater Point Pleasant area.

Just because the summer season is over doesn’t mean the bands and the fun have to end. “It’s a great opportunity to come out and have a good time while supporting an important cause,” explains Bob Cooper, President of Chef’s International, which operates the Wharfside restaurant.

“All the fan favorite bands that play here all summer come back and are nice enough to volunteer their time for the event,” adds Cooper. The bands scheduled to play this year include The Mike Dalton Band, Jamie Brown, Enjoy!, Undisputed, Pat Roddy, Joe Baracata, Matt Nofsinger, The Naked Apes, Phil Engel, Brue Crew, The Amused, Paul Cilinski, Under Pressure, NJ Party Band, Mark Burg, The Jersey Players, and Jim Babjak (from the Smithereens). “We started Patio Palooza in 2010. I’m happy to see that it has become such a popular annual event,” explains Mike Dalton, singer and guitarist for the Mike Dalton band, who helped form the event with the help of Cooper.
“The always popular commemorative t-shirts will be available and we will be having great beer and drink specials all night long. Come on down and celebrate another amazing summer,” Cooper adds. Last year Patio Palooza raised $7,000 for the Kennedy Krieger Institute.

Restaurants Donate to Field Revamp Project

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Scott Kuzmic (left), President of the Point Pleasant Beach Public Education Foundation, recently accepted a donation from Bon Cooper, President of Chefs International, Inc., which owns Jack Baker’s Lobster Shanty and Wharfside Restaurant. On behalf of the Jack Baker establishments, Mr. Cooper donated $2,500 in support of the foundations’s Capital Campaign V, which aimed to install a new track and lighting system on the Donald T. Fioretti Field at G. Harold Antrium Elementary School in Point Pleasant Beach.