New Jersey Musicians Stage Benefit for Hurricane Sandy Victims in Highlands
Thu, 17 Jan 2013 17:06:23
This one is for New Jerseyians!
The Hope for Highlands benefit concert is set for Sunday January 20 at 7PM at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ.
Brian Kirk & The Jirks will be joined by The Jukebox Criminals, G-Band and Pat Guadagno.
"Badly-needed relief money for the Jersey shore post-Sandy has been slow to materialize," said Mr. Kirk, whose band has entertained Jersey crowds for nearly 20 years. "I am organizing this show to raise funds for the Highlands community that will benefit families and businesses now, as they start to rebuild."
The Highlands, located at the tip of the Jersey shore, lost roughly 1,200 of its 1,500 downtown homes from Hurricane Sandy and almost all of its business sustained significant damage. The impact to this working class neighborhood was unprecedented, tearing apart buildings that have stood for 80+ years and nearly wiping out an entire mobile home community.
The musicians involved have deep ties to the Jersey shore and hope to attract local support. All proceeds from the benefit concert will be used to provide assistance to the Highlands community.
Rebecca Kane, Deputy Mayor for Highlands praised the spirit behind the event. "This concert is a great example of the local government and private citizens coming together to help out their neighbors," said Ms. Kane. "We continue to face enormous challenges in Highlands but we will rebuild and make Highlands better than ever."
Anyone in New Jersey planning to attend this event for good?