Superstorm 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.