Press Release: August 7, 2013

by SandMan on August 7, 2013

Tallest Sandcastle Sculptor Ed Jarrett Plans
Second Attempt at Breaking World Record
Sandy Castle Continues Standing Tall, Raising Money for Hometown Heroes

August 7, 2013 | Point Pleasant Beach, NJ – As Sandy Castle stands tall on Jenkinson’s Beach in Point Pleasant and attracts hundreds of visitors daily, its creator, world renowned sculptor Ed Jarrett, is brimming with excitement over what’s being called “Sandy Castle 2013, Second Edition,” a continued effort to raise money for Hometown Heroes’ Superstorm Sandy relief efforts as well as a second attempt at breaking the Guinness World Record for the Tallest Sandcastle.  Fueled by the fundraising success of Sandy Castle to date as well as the challenge of reaching new sand sculpting heights, Jarrett is perhaps most energized by his creative vision for the next sandcastle.

“Marking the one year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, Sandy Castle Second Edition will give Halloween back to the New Jersey Shore,” says Jarrett.  “One side of the sandcastle will be haunted and the other will celebrate the upcoming holiday season – we’re going to have a costume party followed by a little bit of Christmas in November.”

One Sandcastle Comes Down & Another Goes Up

Sandy Castle will remain intact and open to the public for a $1 per person donation to Hometown Heroes through Labor Day.  Beginning Tuesday, September 3rd, Jarrett and volunteers will start removing sand from Sandy Castle and packing it into forms for the Second Edition.  The sand packing process will continue through Sunday, October 13th.  On Columbus Day (Monday, October 14th), Jarrett will begin sculpting.  He plans to be finished by October 24th and open the sandcastle for a Halloween Haunt Weekend on October 25th.  Between now and Labor Day, there is a limited opportunity for volunteers in groups of six or more, eight years of age and older, to begin moving sand from the moat area of Sandy Castle into the bottom forms for the new sandcastle.

Lend a Hand in the Sand

As with Sandy Castle, the Second Edition will need thousands of volunteers to help pack the sand to a height of about 41 feet, tall enough to break the current Guinness World Record of 37 feet, 10 inches set by Jarrett in Connecticut in 2011.  Those wishing to help can contact the Sandy Castle volunteer coordinator through the website at

Fundraising Update

To date, Sandy Castle has raised more than $30,000.  Thanks to the generosity of sponsors, 100 percent of every dollar donated at the gate goes directly to Hometown Heroes for its Superstorm Sandy relief efforts.

“We’re grateful for Ed Jarrett’s tireless efforts to help us raise money,” says Hometown Heroes founder Michael Schwartz.  “To date, we’ve distributed more than one million dollars to those in need following the storm and the applications for assistance continue to flood into our office.  The more money we raise, the more good we can do.”

About Ed Jarrett

World renowned sculptor Ed Jarrett volunteers his time to build sandcastles for charity.  He set his first Guinness World Record for the Tallest Sandcastle in 2003 when his creation standing 29 feet, four inches tall in Falmouth, Maine broke the record previously held in Finland.  Since then, he has broken his own record twice and holds the current record of 37 feet, 10 inches, set in 2011 in Farmington, Connecticut.

For more information about Sandy Castle, please visit  Sandy Castle is also on Facebook (Jarrett’s Castle), Twitter (@JarrettsCastle) and Instagram (@tallestsandcastle).

About Hometown Heroes

Hometown Heroes is an incorporated organization founded in 2008 to provide assistance to the community at large.  Hometown Heroes’ main purpose is to foster an environment of goodwill, generosity, and encouragement by supporting local communities when unexpected needs arise during a crisis without discrimination towards an individual’s ethnicity, gender, and age.  The organization provides an opportunity for all of us to give back to the community through professional assistance, financial assistance, and advocacy.  Hometown Heroes helps those in need, often with little or no time, to find a solution to a problem that at the time appears overwhelming.

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