Toms River, NJ [6/1/2012] – Jersey Shore’s own Music is the Medicine Foundation is pleased to announce that it is back this summer with a “homerun” event! The freshly founded and absurdly innovative non-profit organization will once again host a benefit concert.
Inspired by the passing of Alfred Risicato, MITM is proud to host: Strike Out Diabetes! A Benefit Concert in Support of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Strike Out Diabetes will be held on Saturday, June 23rd, at JR’s Ocean Grill on the Seaside Heights boardwalk. The first pitch will be thrown at 8pm with a $5 donation at the door.
Alfred Joseph Risicato, Jr., 56, of Howell, NJ, passed away on Friday, May 20, 2011. He was born in Brooklyn, NY, and resided there before moving to Howell 30 years ago. His true passion was his family and baseball. He was an avid Yankee fan, a member of the American Softball Association (ASA), a member of the Monmouth Umpire Association where he was an umpire for little leagues and softball leagues, and a former president of Howell Central Little League.
What started as a casual conversation between brothers Dan, Connor, and Brent Effenberger has become the locally-known and nationally-supported nonprofit organization: Music is the Medicine. Debbie and Glen Effenberger raised their three sons in a household that embraced both the healing power of music and the philosophy of “giving back.” Over the years, as the brothers grew and became more and more embedded in the Jersey shore music community, their shared passion for music and charity gave rise to the idea of combining these two ideals.
MITM’s first three events brought in $16,000 collectively, benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project & Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Research Center. Generous donations have also been made to Oceans of Love & Toys for Tots. You can read more about these events and the Foundation’s journey to a legal nonprofit at www.musicisthemedicinefoundation.com. But above all else, come out to JR’s on June 23rd to hear good music and donate to a great cause.
Popular local bands The Amboys, Accidental Seabirds, Gleasons Drift, and Threats to Chesney will be on hand to help MITM reach their fundraising goal. Funds raised will go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF.)
The MITM team hopes you can make it on the 23! If you cannot attend tax deductible donations can be made to support Music is the Medicine and crucial research at JDRF can be made via check. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Be sure to ask about our corporate sponsorship program as well. MITM is happy to publicize all donors upon request.