'Jersey Shore' Star Deena Cortese on Superstorm Sandy: 'It Was Pretty Bad Down There' (VIDEO)

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For the cast of MTV's Jersey Shore, the Seaside Heights boardwalk was their home. Now, it's nothing more than a pile of rubble after Superstorm Sandy devastated the East Coast three weeks ago.

Thursday night, dozens of MTV stars came together for the network's Restore the Shore live fundraising event. One of the many affected by the superstorm was Jersey Shore "meatball" Deena Cortese.

"During the storm I was at my home in New Jersey, which is about 20 minutes from the storm," the 25-year-old reality TV star told Celebuzz at Thursday night's MTV fundraiser, Restore the Shore. "It was pretty bad down there. "

Restore The Shore aired live from MTV's Times Square Studio and featured appearances by the cast of Jersey Shore, Kim Kardashian, Taylor Swift, and One Direction, and performances from Gym Class Heroes and Phillip Phillips.

But at the end of the night, it wasn't about celebrities or star-studded performances; it was about helping the families and business owners who lost everything.

"I met a girl recently who was working at Casino Pier, had a house in Seaside, and she lost both of them -- her job and her house," said Cortese. "That's who we're really trying to raise money for, the people who really need it."

Text "SHORE" to 85944 to make a $10 donation, or go to RestoreTheShore.mtv.com

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