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Surfers to help Sandy victims with Restore the Shore event

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

Local surfers will get together on Thursday night for a "Restore the Shore" fundraiser at Detroit bar in Costa Mesa, a way for West Coast surfers to help those on the East Coast still in need after Hurricane Sandy.

The event is being put on by New Jersey and Orange County-based lifestyle brand ERGO Clothing, to benefit Waves for Water, a non-profit started by former Laguna Beach pro surfer Jon Rose and is supported by Costa Mesa-based Hurley International. Rose and crews are still in the New York and New Jersey area helping the effort, working alongside other local disaster relief organizations helping the rebuilding process.

"It's great to see the support from our West Coast team in an effort to continue to raise funds and awareness. With a lack of media coverage, the public doesn't realize there are still thousands of families displaced, and the devastation is far from recovered," said Pete DiSpirito, ERGO co-founder, in a press release.

Headlining the event is the Ragged Jubilee, and will also showcase Spare Parts for Broken Hearts, The Originalites and Moxi (aka Anna Nelson).

Waves for Water has a few programs happening on the ground level, including a W4W Community Uplift Program, which helps give $2,500 and $5,000 grants to families that have endured hardship, the W4W Restore and Rebuild Program, a construction-based initiative that helps give detailed line-item bids of what it will take to get everything restored. In many cases, Waves for Water will help with the most pressing work.

The Restore Projects OC benefit will be held Thursday at the Detroit Bar, 843 W. 17th St., Costa Mesa. The fund-raising efforts – which will go directly to the Restore the Shore Project – will be through ticket donations, Ferris wheel raffle, taco and drink specials and Boardwalk silent auction. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Contact the writer: lconnelly@ocregister.com


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