Vans Warped Tour / W4W Day of Service

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Lavallette Bayfront Park Restoration Project with Vans Warped Tour
About 40 tour buses rolled in the sleeping town of Lavallette about 515am, lining almost 10 blocks. We had about 450 assorted musicians, techs, crew, Camden Boys and Girls Club, Lavalette Volunteer Fire Department, our W4W NJ Team encompassing the entire coast, almost all of our local grantees and a few locals.
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Breakfast was provided by local eateries both severely affected by Sandy. ┬áBakin Bagel’s – Ortley Beach breakfast and the Crab’s Claw for lunch.
The Vans crew emerged about 6:30am for breakfast at the Fire house (W4W Restore and Rebuild Project) then transitioned over to the park. Hadley Magaziner, age 13 and daughter of one of our Long Beach Island Grantees totally rocked the National Anthem.
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Jon, Kevin VWT and Mayor of Lavallette said a few words and everyone
started on various projects.
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We wrapped about 11 with lunch and the buses were locked and loaded for Asbury
Park afternoon of rest.
***JETTY created and donated 850 “Lavallette Stronger Tee’s, all volunteers received one and the remainder were gifted to the Lavallette VFD to raise money. We start on the VFD next week for our rebuild and restore project that will allow them to resume feeding the Senior Citizen breakfast every morning since they have not been able to do this since the storm.
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Lavallette Bay Front Park
**Planted 5 blocks of erosion prevention grasses and plants rebuilding berm destroyed from storm. (7,500)
**Cleaned and power washed 120 cement and wood benches full of mold and storm residue
** Cleaned and power washed all walkways and Gazebo
**Debris clean up bay front 5 blocks long and 1 block wide
**Weeded entire area
**Planted 5 blocks of erosion prevention grasses and plants rebuilding berm destroyed from storm.
**Cleaned and power washed 120 cement and wood benches full of mold and storm residue
** Cleaned and power washed all walkways and Gazebo
“I just wanted to take the opportunity to say thank you to everyone who came together this morning to help the Town of Lavallette feel special and a little more “normal” today. Watching the buses roll into town, the hundreds of volunteers pouring out, our W4W teams who have been so integral in restoring and rebuilding these communities and our grantees who have become part of our extended family. Today was pure magic, where
working together and doing what we love we are able to transform adversity into community. Together we really do make a difference. “

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