'Jersey Shore' Cast to Headline MTV Hurricane Sandy Benefit, 'Restore the Shore'
In the wake of havoc-wreaking Hurricane Sandy, the Jersey Shore clan is lending a hand to Seaside Heights, N.J., the town where the reality stars shot to fame.
The fist-pumping, hard-partying cast will headline MTV's one-hour fund-raising Restore the Shore special, featuring as-of-yet unannounced special guests, to benefit the disaster-strewn towns along the state’s 127-mile coastline.
After Sandy tore through the East Coast on Oct. 29, the Jersey shore — where many editions of the hit MTV series were filmed — was left in shambles: boardwalks were trashed, homes were destroyed and an iconic roller coaster was dumped into the ocean.
And now MTV and the stars of Jersey Shore — which is in its sixth and final season — are teaming up to show their support. In partnership with Architecture for Humanity, a nonprofit organization that provides design and construction services, MTV will put all donations towards restoring Seaside Heights homes, businesses and tourist attractions, and aiding individuals affected by the storm.
In the days immediately following Sandy, the MTV cast members have been donating to the town they once called home — and encouraging others to follow in their footsteps. "Cleaning my closet today to donate clothes and whatever I can do the victims affected by sandy! I’m comin with clothes!!!!" tweeted Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi on Nov. 1, after also urging her fans to contribute to relief efforts. Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino hasn't been silent on the cause, either. "This is Sad , The Jersey Shore , wow," he tweeted. "If there is anything to do I will try and I hope you guys do as well!”Christina Aguilera, Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Steven Tyler and others — pulled in nearly $23 million for rebuilding efforts, the American Red Cross confirmed.
Broadcasting from the Times Square studios of MTV, Restore the Shore will air Thursday, Nov. 15, at 11 p.m. EST. Viewers will be encouraged to donate online or via text message during and after the event.