Above art by Yippymomma.com and image credits to the #JerseyLove Team of Bloggers. Thank you for sharing your images so we can all tell our stories.
This June, I was part of something so beautiful, I will remember it forever.
It was a party so big, it lasted four days and include 40 of my friends. These friends, are all professional bloggers and social media influencers. As a group, we came together to use our social muscle for social good and shine a light on the Jersey Shore. We not only told the world that the beach is back and open for business, we actually showed the world and shared our live experiences. We tasted and tweeted every drop, we danced, drank, rode the rides, surfed, vined, instagramed and facebooked all of our fun in an effort to support tourism in some areas recovering from Super Storm Sandy. For four days we brought the digital and physical worlds together in a one-of-a-kind event!
For those of us that live in NJ, that lost our homes, possessions and even neighborhoods, I extend a huge thank you my social media sisters from Social Media Moms and NJ Digital Moms who joined together to give #JerseyLove!
You can see the joy on my face as I spoke with Belmar Mayor, Matt Doherty and town council woman, Jennifer Nicolay about the donation made to Belmar that day for displaced families and the people we were reaching online with the message that NJ is stronger than the storm.
This is what Belmar, NJ looked liked days after Sandy. The boardwalk was completely destroyed and my neighborhood was flooded for days until FEMA pipes were brought in to pump it out. My home had 3 ft of ocean in it, we lost everything in it.
Belmar’s beaches and boardwalk opened Memorial Day weekend, just 7 months after Super Storm Sandy with a ceremony lead by NJ Governor Chris Christie and Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty.
The following is our press release brought to life with pictures from our #JerseyLove adventures.
#JerseyLove Social Media Event Reaches Over 5M People and Raises $5k for Displaced Belmar, NJ Families
More than 40 women from Social Media Moms and New Jersey Digital Moms came together in Atlantic City to support Jersey Shore tourism post Superstorm Sandy. Mayor Matt Doherty accepted the donation to Belmar Relief and Recovery Foundation.
More than 40 professional bloggers from around the country spent four days at the Jersey Shore this past weekend to spread the message that the Jersey Shore is back and open for business despite the devastating effects of Superstorm Sandy, while supporting some hard-hit areas and families in New Jersey.
The Social Media For Social Good group created and used the hashtag #JerseyLove to share their unique experiences through real-time messages on several social media platforms including Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, as well as through their own business and personal blogs.
“The most important thing we are telling people is to support the #JerseyLove movement by visiting the New Jersey beaches this summer. They are open, all of the businesses are open and everyone needs your support,” said Natalie Klein, Strategy and Marketing Chair, along with Dawn Sandomeno who added, “Donations can still be made to the displaced families by visiting Belmar.com.”
Despite Tropical Storm Andrea, the bloggers spent the day at the Belmar beach town to celebrate its remarkable recovery, with festivities led by Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty at D’Jais Club on Ocean Ave. in Belmar, NJ.
The bloggers also worked with D6 Sports to launch its innovative skimboard, the D6 SurfSkimmer, and also took surf lessons on their soon-to-be released Hang Ten surfboards. With help from D6 Sports, the #JerseyLove bloggers made a donation of $5k to Belmar Relief and Recovery Foundation.
“I am a New Jersey native, so it was very important for me to get our company involved with the #JerseyLove event to promote tourism and get people back to the beach through social good,” said Ben Young, Vice President of Creative and Marketing for D6 Sports. “We happened to be launching a brand new product, the D6 SurfSkimmer, as well as debuting our soon-to-be released Hang Ten hard goods so there was a natural connection. Along with Eastern Lines Surf Shop, we hosted free surf lessons for the moms while their kids tried out the SurfSkimmer. The event was fantastic, and the reach was incredible. It’s amazing how social media can bring necessary attention to important causes.”
In addition, Caesars Entertainment, the largest casino entertainment company in the world, graciously hosted the group in Atlantic City, where the bloggers shared a taste of the city’s famous food, wine and fun through the #DOAC hashtag. Caesar’s treated the women to a Welcome Dinner at top rated Mia’s, to a Taste of AC Dinner at The Loft, and Dancing at the Pool After Dark, both at Harrah’s Resort.
“It was a pleasure hosting such an influential group of women at Caesars last weekend. We are so appreciative and thankful that they chose to stay in Atlantic City to help us raise awareness of our area after a challenging year,” said Katie Dougherty and Jerry Eisenband, spokespeople for Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City.“We know many of the women traveled far and wide to be here, everywhere from Nevada and Colorado to Texas and Oklahoma, to draw attention to the resilience and remarkable beauty of the New Jersey Shore, particularly Atlantic City and its surrounding neighborhoods. We are optimistic that the shore will continue to receive a great amount of first-time guests and repeat visitors throughout the summer season,” they said.
In honor of our host at Caesars Entertainment: We Came, We Saw, We Conquered – VENI VEDI VICI !
The results were extremely impressive: the group has reached more than five million people and generated more than 80 million impressions on Twitter through 6,000-plus tweets and more than 3,000 Instagram images. Millions more from across the nation will read stories on the group’s 40+ personal and business blogs and those they write for, such as Disney’s Babble and AETN Television’s Lifetime Moms.
To make a donation to support the displaced families of Belmar who still need assistance, please visit: Belmar Relief.
Thanks to our sponsors…
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Disclosure: The #JerseyLove event was sponsored by Caesars Entertainment and the Hang Ten D6 Surf Skimmer