MENDHAM – A number of celebrities, business and community leaders with deep Jersey roots will join a growing advisory board of the non-profit charity launched just over two weeks ago to assist in the long-term recovery effort following the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, First Lady Mary Pat Christie, chair of the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund, announced today.
New Jersey natives Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi, as well as “Live with Kelly and Michael” co-host Kelly Ripa, nationally syndicated talk show host Dr. Mehmet Oz, musician and actor Kevin Jonas, Hess Corporation CEO John Hess, New York Jets Center Nick Mangold, and former Major League Baseball pitcher Al Leiter, have joined the advisory board.
“The destruction that New Jersey has sustained is heartbreaking,” said Springsteen. “I’m humbled to play a small role by supporting the New Jersey Relief Fund and know that all of us will rally together to help our neighbors to come back better and stronger.”
“The damage and devastation New Jersey has suffered as a result of Hurricane Sandy was unimaginable and the path to rebuilding will be a long one; but I have every confidence in the resilience of the people that are New Jersey,” said Bon Jovi. “Thanks to the generosity of so many who answered the call in this time of need, from our bays to our boardwalks, we will rebuild.”
Additionally, New Jersey community leaders including Rev. Reginald Jackson of the New Jersey Black Ministers Council and Martin Perez of the Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey have agreed to serve as advisory board members. The group will join former U.S. Senator Bill Bradley who was announced last week as honorary vice chairman of the organization.
The Advisory Board will help build public awareness and financial support for the fund. To date, the Relief Fund has raised over $16 million from more than 7,000 donors, including $2.5 million alone from the Hess Corporation.
“There are so many people along the Shore and across New Jersey whose homes were destroyed, personal possessions robbed from them and whose lives were turned upside down,” said Christie. “The support and awareness that this group will bring to the organization is immeasurable. It goes without saying that each serve as tremendous ambassadors for New Jersey on a global stage, and to have them work on the Fund’s behalf will certainly accelerate our momentum and increase our effectiveness in our shared goal of rebuilding New Jersey.”
Donations can be made online at www.SandyNJReliefFund.org or mailed to: Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund, Inc., PO Box 95, Mendham NJ 07945-0095. Supporters can also text “NJ” to 41444 to donate today.