POINT PLEASANT BEACH — Mayor Paul Kanitra has donated nearly $200,000 to two charities supporting Ukrainian refugees who were picked up at a concert.
Kanitra was moved by the coverage of the Russian invasion of Ukraine to pack five suitcases with supplies and head to the Polish-Ukrainian border and see what he could do to help.
“We’ve volunteered with other groups. We’ve done just about anything and everything, from preparing food, to delivering meals at the border, to shuttling refugees, to by purchasing supplies and distributing them to the refugee centre,” Kanitra said. New Jersey 101.5’s Steve Trevelise in April.
A Jersey Shore All-Star Fundraiser
Once back in Point Pleasant Beach, he hosted Concert For Ukraine at Jenkinson’s with an all-star lineup that included Bobby Bandiera, Eddie Testa, Jo Bonnano, Polish rock band Green Secret and Steve Forber.
New York’s Dumka Ukrainian Choir, which appeared on Saturday Night Live, opened the concert with the Ukrainian national anthem.
The gig exceeded Kanitra’s expectations and raised nearly double what he expected. He traveled to the United Nations in New York and Washington to present a check for $100,000 to World Central Kitchen and another for $92,000 to Caritas Internationalis.
“These donations will provide over a hundred thousand meals to desperately hungry Ukrainian refugees. This will help support and protect so many orphans and children,” Kanitra wrote on her Facebook page. “You have all made an incredible difference in the world and you should be so proud.”
Dan Alexander is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]
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