(FREEHOLD, NJ) -- News just came in that the Bruce Springsteen Facebook group BRUCEBOOK has not only surpassed its initial goal of raising $6,700 in honor of Springsteen's recent 67th birthday, it has raised over $7,800 and is now shooting for $10,000 before 5:00pm today. The fundraiser is raising funds for the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties - a cause very close to Springsteen's heart.
Fans of Bruce Springsteen have always felt as though they were part of a community closely connected to one another. While Springsteen's four hour concerts created an aura around his shows, the audience helped just as much. BRUCEBOOK and its special community of nearly 7,000 members deserve praise for a rather spontaneous fundraiser that will help provide a countless number of people in need with meals as the weather begins to turn colder. Nearly 1 out of 10 people living in Monmouth and Ocean County receive food from the FoodBank. In addition to food, the organization provide services that help to solve hunger.
Bruce Springsteen has been a long-time supporter of community food banks (and has performed benefits for the Monmouth and Ocean Food Bank itself) so this was the perfect cause for his fanbase. New Jersey Stage urges everyone who can afford to donate to make a donation before 5:00pm today.
Donating online or via phone is easy, but the group asks you to add a dedication to let the organization know this is part of the BRUCEBOOK fundraiser.
To donate, just go to foodbankmoc.org - you can donate by credit card, debit card, or paypal.
Make sure that in the box below 'I want my donation to be dedicated’ that you include your name, BRUCEBOOK, and Happy Birthday Bruce Springsteen.
Donations may also be done by phone by calling 732-918-2600, Extension 5856. Once again, Please tell the operator your name, BRUCEBOOK, and Happy Birthday Bruce Springsteen.
BRUCEBOOK is a closed group, but fans of Bruce Springsteen can request to join. The group is always pleased to welcome new members and see its community grow.
About the Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean County
The FoodBank began in 1984 when a small group of people saw hunger at the Jersey Shore and decided to make a difference. They purchased a dilapidated warehouse in Spring Lake. Carpenters, masons and other members of the community donated work, office furniture and supplies. Food streamed in from hundreds of donors. After one year, the FoodBank was serving 25 charities with 100,000 pounds of food.
Ten years later, nearly two million pounds of food was being distributed annually from the same small warehouse. Bursting at the seams, the FoodBank undertook a capital campaign in 1998 to construct a new facility in Neptune. Three years later, the current 40,000 sq. ft facility became a reality.
PHOTO: Bruce Springsteen from Milan, Italy on July 3, 2016. Photo by Henry Ruggeri.