WEST ORANGE, NJ - Hundreds came out to show their support at the Restore the Shore fundraiser held at the Shillelagh Club Saturday evening, Jan. 20.
The event was co-hosted by the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh along with Weird NJ publishers Mark Sceurman and Mark Moran.
The evening was filled with good music, good people and overall good thoughts. At one point during the event people were asked to wait to come in because the club had reached its capacity.
All of the evening’s proceeds will be put towards restoring the Jersey shore and providing relief to those affected by the devastation from Hurricane Sandy. Everything from admission tickets to t-shirt and raffle sales were sources of income for raising money for Sandy relief.
The event featured local bands such as The Will O'Connor Live Acoustic Show, The Poor Man's Opera, Eamonn Ryan and performances by more special musical guests. Meanwhile, food and drinks were served upstairs along with lighter, acoustic music.
President of the Shillelagh Club, Kevin Kinney, said it took only four weeks to organize the event, although it had originally been planned for an earlier date. Not everyone in the area was severely affected by Hurricane Sandy, but this event was to raise money for those who lost their homes, businesses and memories, Kinney said.
The Friendly Sons is an Irish-American social and charitable organization dedicated to the purpose of promoting and enhancing the fraternity and good fellowship of its membership. The organization is non-sectarian and non-political.
As of Monday, January 21, 2013, at least $12,000.00 has been raised through the event.