Although the weather wasn't great, that didn't stop dedicated Jersey Shore residents from attending a benefit to help a local woman battling cancer pay her medical bills.

The event, to benefit Tina D’Ambola-Siebecker, took place at RiverWatch Restaurant and Lounge Saturday afternoon and as Diane and I pulled up, we couldn't be happier to see that the parking lot was packed and people were piling in. Nothing, not even some nasty weather, was going to get in the way of these wonderful people helping a neighbor, family member and friend.

It was also great to see so many local businesses getting involved with donation items for the auction, all of which helped raise money for the cause. And a huge thank you to the management and staff of RiverWatch for their incredible generosity and wonderful service and food.

Thank you Monmouth and Ocean Counties for once again effortlessly showing your generosity. You never disappoint when there is a neighbor in need.