On Monday, October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy brought unthinkable devastation to parts of our Garden State, destroying homes, businesses and some of New Jersey's most identifiable icons. On Friday, November 2nd, the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund Inc. was launched to help New Jersey rebuild. To date, the Fund has raised $41 Million from 35,000 donors worldwide.
The Fund, a 501(c)(3) independent non-profit organization, is chaired by First Lady Mary Pat Christie, and former U.S. Senator Bill Bradley serves as Honorary Vice-Chair. A number of New Jersey-rooted celebrities, including Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Kelly Ripa, Kevin Jonas and Dr. Mehmet Oz also serve as Honorary Advisory Board members to help promote and assist the Fund. Our funding is specifically geared towards New Jersey relief and recovery efforts.
The Relief Fund sought the advice of experienced professionals including Governors, business leaders and nonprofit leaders who have organized similar efforts following Hurricane Katrina, Haiti, and September 11th. Additionally, several corporate partners offered pro-bono services to outline the greatest needs in affected communities, establish a thorough grants application process, and ensure donated monies are efficiently and responsibly allocated to deliver the greatest positive impact on New Jersey communities.