AUTHOR: Gil Kaufman,

Like millions of kids, the members of Fun. have fond memories of endless summers spent hanging at the Jersey Shore. As adults, the trio has also put in time playing gigs in the area that was one of the most heavily damaged by superstorm Sandy.

That’s why they are among the dozens of musicians and actors who’ve signed on to help MTV raise funds for the victims of Sandy by participating in tonight’s “Restore the Shore” benefit show.

“This is the band Fun. and we want to talk about something that is very dear to us,” said singer Nate Ruess in a message recorded for the special. “Recently the hurricanes have ravaged the Jersey Shore, which is a place we’ve spent just a lot of time.”

Guitarist Jack Antonoff, a native of Bergenfield, New Jersey, added, “tons of time. I grew up going there and through all the years of us being friends and starting Fun. we’ve been going there almost every summer. It’s a place that means a lot to us.”

The men of Fun. will do their part on tonight along with the cast of the “Jersey Shore” and dozens of other stars to lend a hand to those who were impacted by Sandy during MTV’s “Restore the Shore” benefit.

“Restore the Shore” will air on MTV tonight at 11:30pm et/8:30pm pt, and will feature appearances by the cast of “Jersey Shore” from MTV’s Times Square studio, as well as cameos by other celebs all of whom will be asking viewers to contribute to the rebuilding and restoration of Seaside Heights.

Join Vinny and the gang on Thursday night when they host the “Restore the Shore” benefit at 11:30pm et/8:30pm pt.

Stars contributing messages of support who will be featured on-air include One Direction, Alicia Keys, Mac Miller, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Britney Spears, Pharrell, Pink, Demi Lovato, Kim Kardashian, Ne-Yo, Kelly Clarkson, Bruno Mars, No Doubt, fun., Carly Rae Jepsen, Swizz Beats, the Jonas Brothers, Ludacris, All Time Low, Sean Kingston, Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Carson Daly of “The Voice,” Ashley Greene, Dakota Fanning, Nikki Reed, Peter Facinelli and Elizabeth Reaser of “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2,” Jay Leno, the cast of “The View,” Simon Cowell, L.A. Reid, Wendy Williams and many more.

“Restore the Shore” will feature live performances from Gym Class Heroes (with special guest Oh Land) collaborating on the comeback anthem “The Fighter,” as well as “American Idol” season 11 winner Phillip Phillips playing his stirring hit single “Home.”

“Please help the community of Seaside Heights rebuild,” said Fun. keyboardist Andrew Dost.

All funds raised will go to Architecture for Humanity, an internationally recognized nonprofit that led rebuilding efforts in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. They are now setting out to help rebuild the famed boardwalk, local businesses and homes in Seaside Heights ravaged by the storm.