Historical Society to hold ‘Doughboy’ benefit concert

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Belmar's "Doughboy" statue. FILE PHOTO / THE COAST STAR
BELMAR — The Belmar Historical Society [BHS] will be holding a fundraiser Aug. 8, from 7 to 10 p.m., with the Pat Roddy Band at Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh on Sixteenth Avenue to help repair the vandalized Doughboy statue located in Doughboy Park. Since the borough owns the Doughboy sculpture, the BHS is coordinating with the town to restore the statue. The fundraiser is one way the group is raising funds to repair the damaged piece of art. “This year was the 100th anniversary of our troops entering World War I, so our Doughboy statue, which is a WWI monument, we want to get it back to its former glory,” BHS Trustee Naomi Reissner said. Entertaining at the event is Belmar resident Pat Roddy, who offered to play the show for free. Mr. Roddy performs regularly in bars and other venues throughout New Jersey. “From what I understand, the Pat Roddy Band is very popular to all ages,” Mrs. Reissner said. “He offered his services and we were very excited about that, so we are running with it.” With over 130 tickets printed for the benefit concert, the BHS and the borough announced the fundraiser after the statue sustained damage from a vandalization incident on Sept. 12, 2016. The damages occurred when one or more vandals broke off the scabbard of the soldier’s rifle and loosened the sculpture from its base, according to the historical society. The statue is located in Doughboy Park, between Route 35 and the NJ Transit North Jersey Coast Line tracks. A plaque located on the base lists 102 service members from Belmar who served during the Great War. The society has received a proposal from Polich Tallix, an art casting company located in Orange County, New York. The company, which specializes in restorations of statues like the Doughboy, estimated the cost would be around $17,000.

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  Photo: BMR Statue_rw_2483.tif in !06–15-17 Coast photo folder

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Connor Northrup

Connor Northrup is a Sports Reporter at The Ocean Star. He can be reached at cnorthrup@thecoaststar.com or at 732-899-7606, ext 15.