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Atlantic City Recovering from Sandy in Many Ways

The South Jersey shore community — along with celebs from across the country — come together for post-Sandy relief and to let folks know Atlantic City is open (and the Boardwalk) for business.

By Jeff Schwachter
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Hundreds of people took part in a free event to celebrate A.C.’s most important icon — the Boardwalk — on a beautiful and unseasonably warm Sunday afternoon, Nov. 11. The “Board-Walk” began at the south end of the boards near the Atlantic Club Casino Resort and ended at Revel to the north.

ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY — More than two weeks following the landfall of Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey, which has killed 113 in the United States as of Monday, Nov. 12, some of the areas in the path of Sandy (including Atlantic and Cape May counties in New Jersey) are slowly recovering.

While the international media seemed to think that the Atlantic City Boardwalk was in ruins due to Sandy and that the resort town was utterly devastated — some parts of it were and families are still picking up the pieces of their lives in Atlantic City and up and down the Jersey shore — the main part of the Atlantic City Boardwalk is intact and all 12 casinos re-opened after a Sandy shutdown by Monday, Nov. 5, most earlier.

There have been national and local Sandy relief fundraisers, donations, concerts and events over the past two weeks, with more to follow.

Carrie Underwood, for example, who performed a sold-out show at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall on Friday, Nov. 9, said she'd be donating all of the concert proceeds to the victims of Sandy.

Earlier that day, the Atlantic City Convention Center was transformed into a FEMA Disaster Recovery Center.

2012 ShopRite LPGA champ Stacy Lewis donated $20,000 to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey's Southern Branch.

On Monday, the Avalon Lions Club presented the FoodBank with a $2,000 cash donation for WMGM's (Longport Media) 5th annual Operation Help event, which  kicks off this Saturday.

Likewise, Wolfgang Puck, in Atlantic City Saturday, Nov. 10, for the Borgata's fifth annual culinary extravaganza Savor Borgata, took time for a book-signing with all proceeds going to the American Red Cross Southern Shore Chapter.

Borgata has also partnered with the Red Cross to aid Hurricane Sandy victims. (See details here.)

At Revel, Revel Nightlife Relief was the theme last weekend with Afrojack and other top DJs at the HQ Nightclub. Revel Nightlife Relief efforts raised more than $75,000 for the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund (SandyNJReliefFund.org). 

Caesars Entertainment, which operates four casinos in Atlantic City — Bally's, Caesars, Harrah's Resort and Showboat — has held several relief and clean-up oriented events (see video) and made donations for its many employees and those in the local community affected by Sandy. It's Atlantic City billboards do not promote any upcoming shows at the current time, but rather feature Sandy-related slogans.

Even Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy which is promoting this weekend's big fight at Boardwalk Hall between Antonio DeMarco and Adrien Broner, will be donating $2 per ticket and $1,000 per knockout to the Atlantic City Boys & Girls Club. De La Hoya and Caesars will match the donations. There are several fights on the card and the event will be televised on HBO (10pm EST) on Saturday night, Nov. 17.  

By Tuesday morning, Nov. 13, areas of Atlantic City, Margate, Ventnor, Linwood, Pleasantville and West Atlantic City were still reeling from Sandy damage, with piles of bashed housing, soaked possessions, broken tree branches and "dead couches" lining the sidewalks. 

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1. Sherry Ormand said... on Nov 14, 2012 at 12:52PM

“Bless all of you in the Garden State and New York. I know for myself and many friends, we will be coming to Atlantic City and New York City this holiday season - at least once! - for the Boardwalk, holiday atmosphere, shopping etc. Let's all be thankful for what we have and work together to make this country a better place. It all starts at home!!”

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