A benefit beach party in South Seaside Park tomorrow will seek to raise up to $100,000 for paws4vets, an organization that matches returning U.S. service members experiencing physical injuries and PTSD with service dogs that help in their daily lives.
Organized by Mike Jurusz, owner of Chef Mike’s ABG, and his staff, the party will be in the sand in front of Jurusz’s restaurant on 24th Avenue from noon until 4 p.m.
“Paws4Vets is a tremendous, tremendous organization,” said Jurusz. “This is something really near and dear to me. I’m a huge supporter of our military and our veterans, and for me, it’s a no-brainer to host this event.”
The event will feature in-person appearances by veterans and their service dogs, members of the paws4vets organization and their supporters as well as food, beer, and wine from New Jersey restaurants.
Restaurants include Chef Mike’s ABG, Joe Leone’s, Brandl, Poached Pear Bistro, Drew’s Bayshore Bistro, and other.
The party was organized on behalf of Adam Campbell, a Lakewood, N.J. native and former U.S. Army sniper who received his service dog KENAN two years ago.
Among Paws4Vets’s goals is to have those who have received dogs “pay it forward” by raising funds for the organization so others can benefit from service dogs.
Campbell, who was wounded two times in three minutes during an IED and rocket-propelled grenade attack, will attend along with KENAN.
The cost of attendance is $50 for adults and $20 for children.
For more information, call Daniel Nee at (732) 703-4072 or firstname.lastname@example.org.