Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik will be the the special guest at a fundraiser next month for the Toms River-based charity Hometown Heroes.

Hometown Heroes President Michael Schwarts (left) with former NYC Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik (right)/photo by Tom Mongelli, TSM News

Kerick understands the importance of having an organization like Hometown Heroes to support a community during times of tragedy, after witnessing destruction and death during his time as Police Commissioner, including people jumping from the World Trade Center during the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.

"I've seen the death and devastation, some that would haunt most people for years, how people need support in times of tragedy," said Kerik during a visit with Hometown Heroes Founder Michael Schwartz to Townsquare Media to promote his upcoming appearance.

Hometown Heroes was founded in 2008 to Pay It Forward, according to its website, and has been instrumental in helping victims of Superstorm Sandy since October, 2012.

The non-profit organization has supported more than 2500 families with housing, elderly services, youth services, veteran services and disabilities assistance.

Kerik pointed out that having community leaders to bring people together to support organizations that help with families of fallen police officers or children suffering from a disease, is essential.

"That's what Mike [Schwartz] does, and that's what Hometown Heroes do, and I think it's extremely important for people to know that they should get out there and support these types of the things," Kerik said.

Hometown Heroes 6th Annual Gala and Fundraising Event takes place May 5th, at the Crystal Point Yacht Club in Point Pleasant. Superbowl Champ Darrell Reid also is scheduled to be a special guest.

The "Tonight Show" Gala will include cocktails, dinner, dessert, dancing, a premier gift auction and many surprises from 6:00 - 11:00 PM.

Ticket information can be found at http://usahometownheroes.com/events/ or by calling 732-473-9400.

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