|Published:||Jan 18, 2013 10:57 PM EST|
|Updated:||Jan 18, 2013 11:00 PM EST|
NAPLES, Fla -- A group of snowbirds who lost everything in Superstorm Sandy are banding together to help those back home in New York.
Two months ago, Sandy swept through the Northeast wiping out Breezy Point, where many families remain homeless.
Sunday, Paddy Murphy's Irish Pub will hold a fundraiser for the residents of Breezy Point, NY. Eight of those families who lost everything, live in Naples during he winter. They are fortunate to have a second home, but want to help those who are still trying to rebuild.
"When we came onto the beach, I almost fell to my knees because the house was gone," says Maureen Dennelly, whose home burned down
A YouTube video shows that damage that remains in Breezy Point 76 days after Superstorm Sandy swept through.
Barbara Feddern's parents bought her house in 1943. They were in Florida when Sandy hit and returned home to find everything destroyed. Barbara's husband Joe says, "We had to throw out all our furniture, we had to throw out all our appliances, it was all covered in muck."
After evacuating, Mary Bennett also returned to Breezy Point to find more than four feet of water in her first floor.
"It was just very very devastating and very very sad at the same time. We've had our house for fourty years," says Bennett.
Most of the destruction was a result of a transformer that blew. Firefighters unable to get to the fire had to watch as flames burned through more than a hundred homes.
"Everyone in Breezy Point expected to see a flooded basement, no one expected fire and that's what was so devastating."
That October day Superstorm Sandy changed the lives of each and every one of these families, all from Breezy Point New York and now all living in the same North Naples community. They're coming together to raise money to help those back home.
"They're still homeless. Many many people are still homeless," says Barbara.
A community, more than two months later still working to completely rebuild. Bennett says, "even though Hurricane Sandy devastated us and destroyed our home, it hasn't destroyed our spirit and we're going to go forward and rebuild and make it better than it was before.
All money raised on Sunday will go the Breezy Point Disaster Relief Fund, a 501c3 created in New York. The event will have an auction, raffle and much more. It will run from 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Sunday at Paddy Murphy's Irish Pub on Fifth Avenue.
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