Pat Croce's Rum Barrel to host Hurricane Sandy benefit, 'Key West is Jersey Strong'

KEY WEST, Fla. (November 8, 2012) Croce, a NJ shore resident who faced his own storm clean-up in Pennsylvania, offered up his Key West restaurant for the event and reached out to sports contacts to gather prizes for raffles and auctions, the proceeds of which will go directly to helping the neediest families in the Shore.  

"My family and I have experienced Sandy's effects first-hand," Croce said. "Help us help those who've lost everything but the shirts on their backs, who still don't have power, especially in this weather."   

Created by four former NJ shore residents who now live in Key West, the Boardwalk-themed benefit will kick off at 6 p.m. at the Rum Barrel on Tuesday, November 13, with live music, dozens of raffle prizes, and a "boardwalk fare" style menu.   

"It's so hard to watch from thousands of miles away as our friends and families go through this," said organizer Brooke Joensen. "Key West is such an amazing town and we're all doing what we can from afar."   

All proceeds will go directly to the neediest families through the Toms River Police Foundation (TRPF), a NJ non-profit previously formed to aid the community.   

Along with the Rum Barrel regular menu, food and drink specials include boardwalk favorites like crab cakes, cheesesteaks, pork rolls, fried Oreos and funnel cakes served up to live music from six local bands. Prizes for the 50/50 and door raffles and silent and regular auction include a helmet, football and jersey signed by the Philadelphia Eagles team as well as dozens of items from local businesses.   

Monetary donations can be made by check payable to "Toms River Police Foundation Inc." For more information on the event, visit or contact Rob Phillip at 732-503-9863 or Brooke Joensen at 609-309-3232.  

Launched in 2006 by former Philadelphia 76ers President Pat Croce, the Rum Barrel evokes the aura of a seafarer's paradise. This southernmost Philly sports bar is the local hotspot for all things Philly. Open daily for lunch and dinner, the Rum Barrel's scenic Quarterdeck overlooks Key West's Old Town with daily specials, nightly entertainment, and an outstanding dining experience crafted by Executive Chef Patrick Dunn. For more information about the Rum Barrel, visit

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