Got $5? I have something for you to do on Tuesday night.

On Dec. 4, I'm hosting a benefit called "Philadelphia Loves the Jersey Shore" at the Pen & Pencil in Philadelphia. For $5, hear 10 local writers - including Dan McQuade, Amy Z. Quinn, Amy S. Rosenberg, Robert Strauss and yours truly - read their best work about all the weird and wonderful of the Jersey Shore.

We're only asking for $5, but suggesting $10 or more. The money will go directly to Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund. We're also taking non-perishable food items for the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, which is feeding those still in shelters.

Doors open at 7 p.m., and readings will start at 7:30 p.m.

The news coming out of parts of the Jersey Shore has been so terrible, and the weather has been so gloomy. We hope that this event will provide a spot of summer light, and help our shore friends who have lost everything.

Jen A. Miller writes the Down the Shore with Jen blog for NewsWorks.org. Jen is author of The Jersey Shore: Atlantic City to Cape May, which is now in its second edition.