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Gumbo for the Gulf

July 6, 2010

By Brianne Harrison

As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, the Gulf is currently a mess, to say the least. We’re constantly being treated to pictures of oil gushing out of an underwater pipe, and tragic videos of birds helplessly flapping oil-slicked wings. If it can be said anything good has come of this disaster, it’s that it has encouraged people and businesses from all over the country to pitch in and think of creative ways to help. Beauty salons are collecting clippings for oil-absorbing booms, and next week five Jersey shore restaurants will team with Environment America for a “Gumbo for the Gulf” fundraising series.

Gumbo for the Gulf is a nationwide effort involving 150 locations. In New Jersey, the shore restaurants owned by Marilyn Schlossbach will be joining in to raise funds for those who have been hit financially by the oil spill crisis. The fundraising effort aims to encourage individual donations nationwide, so customers will be encouraged to make direct donations to Environment America—a federation of state-based, citizen-funded environmental advocacy organizations. In addition, servers will be donating a portion of their tips to the effort.

Taking place Monday, July 12 through Wednesday, July 14, Langosta Lounge, Trinity and the Pope, and Pop’s Garage in Asbury Park and Labrador Lounge and Pop’s Garage in Normandy Beach will feature New Orleans-inspired dining and cocktail specials, including vegetarian and seafood gumbo options.

If you can’t get to the shore next week but still want to help, you can organize your own Gumbo for the Gulf party. Sign up at environmentamerica.org/gumbo-gulf, gather some friends, and do some good!

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