How Mary Pat Christie's Sandy Relief Fund Has Spent $33.8M In Donations
Grant Awards Benefit 102 Non-Profit Organization Active in New Jersey's Recovery
Erin O'Neill | Star Ledger
As the two-year mark to Hurricane Sandy’s landfall on the East Coast approaches, the charity launched by New Jersey First Lady Mary Pat Christie in the days after the storm is gearing up to hand out its remaining money.
The Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund has so far awarded nearly 85 percent of the $40 million donated from more than 30,000 corporations and individuals, including $2.5 million from the fuel company Hess and a $1 million contribution from Jon Bon Jovi and his band.
"By the end of the second anniversary we’ll be able to hopefully announce where all the balance of what we raised goes," Christie said at an event promoting a housing counseling center in Atlantic Highlands last month. "And by the way, we still have donations coming in, which is really nice."
More than half of the nearly $33.8 million awarded so far to nonprofit groups throughout the state has been earmarked for housing assistance. The largest single grant of $5.2 million went to a program for homeowners to help them rebuild, according to a list of grants on the fund’s website.
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