New Jersey Stage

Friday, August 23, 2013


(Red Bank, NJ) - Monmouth Arts will present a cocktail party entitled "ArtHelps: Celebrating the Soul of the Shore" on Friday, October 4, 7 -10 p.m. at McLoone's Supper Club 1200 Ocean Avenue, on the boardwalk in Asbury Park. The event honors individuals who have worked to enrich the lives of the people who live & work in Monmouth County through the arts. This year's honorees are being recognized for their use of the arts to help our region recover from the storm. The honorees are Tom Donovan, President/Publisher, Asbury Park Press; Chris Daggett, President & CEO, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and Hans Dekker, President, Community Foundation of New Jersey. 

The Asbury Park Press published Sandy: The Jersey Shore in the Eye of the Storm featuring photographs taken by their staff documenting the storm damage and response. Proceeds from the sale of the book were donated to the American Red Cross for immediate response and to the Jersey Shore Convention & Visitors Bureau to get the word out that many businesses, restaurants and venues were still "Open for Business". 

The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the Community Foundation of New Jersey led a joint effort between local and national foundations, New Jersey corporations, and individuals to launch the New Jersey Recovery Fund to support local nonprofit organizations working in communities affected by Hurricane Sandy. Organizations supported by the Fund focus on engaging local residents in community-building and restoration projects, improving quality and access to information about recovery and rebuilding, using the arts to foster individual and community healing, and impacting critical policy decisions involving land use planning. The Fund supports projects with an emphasis on innovation, collaboration, resiliency and sustainability as New Jersey recovers from Hurricane Sandy.

Monmouth Arts created ArtHelps to assist local artists and nonprofit arts organizations affected by the hurricane to access information, resources and emergency funding. In partnership with the Ocean County Cultural & Heritage Commission and Meridian Health's Art Therapy Program, and with a $150,000 grant from the New Jersey Recovery Fund Monmouth Arts expanded ArtHelps to work with local artists and arts groups rebuilding spirits as communities rebuild homes and businesses. Over 20 projects have taken place or are planned to bring the healing power of the arts to towns from Keyport to Tuckerton.
The evening will include lavish hors d'oeuvres and great entertainment. Monmouth Arts invites the community to join us at this fun event featuring performances and artwork from ArtHelps. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Monmouth Arts' arts education and community arts programs and services, including ArtHelps.

To purchase tickets, sponsorships or advertisements please go to our payment page
( or contact Mary Eileen Fouratt, or at 732-212-1890 x 2. 

Tickets are limited. The programs and services of the Monmouth County Arts Council are made possible through funding from the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, through the County Historical Commission, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment of the Arts.