Social Good at Belmar New Jersey #JerseyLove

Sponsors:  Ceasers Entertainment hosted us at Caesers Atlantic City. D6 Sports who made a huge donation to Belmar. D’Jais gave us a place to gather and lunch.

I was one of 40 bloggers who went on a Social Good trip to the Jersey Shore. Our goals – bring back tourism and help displaced families in Belmar, New Jersey. Through our social media efforts, we reached over 5 million people!

My Social Good trip report is not going to be in order. I’m not in order. That’s the way my brain works. It doesn’t mean that one day was better than another, but I have to admit that seeing Belmar still coming back from the devastation of Sandy hit a nerve.

D'Jais in Belmar - Social Good trip

It was a rainy, gloomy day as we drove to D’Jais, which was hit hard by Sandy. We would not be deterred as we remembered those who suffered the effects of Sandy. But, this was time to celebrate. D’Jais has been around since 1959 and came roaring back after a lot of construction work just about a month ago. It was a sign to those at the Jersey Shore that it will get better.

At D’Jais, we were served delicious food. And, the hospitality! It was there in abundance, even though the employees may have had a lot on their minds. We gathered there to present a $5,000 donation to Mayor Matt Doherty for the Belmar Relief and Recovery Foundation. Thank you D6 Sports for that overwhelming contribution.

Social Good - Donation to Belmar

Then bloggers took the ocean with D6 Sports employees for lessons on using Hang Ten surfboards. And, yes they got the hang of it. The children tried out the D6 SurfSkimmer, a skimboard. Hang Ten boards will be available July 31st. The SurfSkimmer is for sale now.

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D6 Sports Hang Ten - Social Good

Spending time with bloggers, some that I’ve only known online, with business owners and employees, some still recovering from Sandy had an impact of me. I believe in the power of Social Good on social media. This proved it is possible. Get involved with us. Share our posts and our tweets, Instagram photos, etc. with the hashtags #JerseyLove and #DoAC. And visit the Jersey Shore. It’s open for business.

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Comments

  1. This was such a special event and I am so glad to have been a part of it with you!
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  2. Great post! It was a nice day despite the rain!
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  3. I’m sorry I missed seeing you while you were up here. I was in FL, isn’t that a funny coincidence! Miss you, it’s been too long!
    I have a slideshow of pics I shot, taken six months post Sandy, if you’d like to see it it’s here -> http://www.valmg.com/index.php/2013/six-months-after-hurricane-sandy-the-future-is-so-unclear/

  4. I would love to learn how to surf! I grew up on Long Island Sound and absolutely love the beach. I really hope this area recovers fully from the storm! Great job helping out!
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  5. I bet that the surfing was a lot of fun even though it looks cold & windy!
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  6. Wow! This looks like an awesome event and so inspirational! I’m thrilled you were able to be a part of it!
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  7. I saw pictures from the event as it was happening and it looked AWESOME! I was born in Florida but grew up on the west coast and have never ventured to the true “East Coast”. I’d LOVE to visit the Jersey Shore! My husband’s family is from New York and they used to vacation there and I keep trying to get them to go back. I think it’s awesome that so many bloggers were able to come together for the good of such a strong American icon.
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  8. What a great cause. I am so glad to see companies pitching in to help Sandy.
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  9. What a Great Event! Surfing, Socializing & Helping is awesome. Can’t wait to read more.

  10. What a FUN trip, despite the overtones from the hurricane. I have family close by there and I know it’s devastating. So glad people are trying to push the tourism there again!
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  11. How awesome is that?? Looks like you all had a blast!
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  12. So glad you all have pulled together to make a difference in the comeback of NJ!
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