Helping Hand For John And Kelly – The Stone Pony – Dec. 13
Once again we come together to help one of our own. Kelly DiCapua was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer on Oct. 20 of this year. She was scheduled just one week later for a mastectomy. Since she was going to be disabled for up to six months, her employer deemed it fit to cancel her insurance the day before her surgery and inform her she would not have a job to come back to. He did wish her luck, however.
As a result, the expenses are rapidly adding up. Kelly DiCapua and her husband John are good friends, good people to all that know them, well liked, respected, and deserving of a chance to fight this battle without the anxiety of financial collapse in the process. John is well known as The Stone Pony’s head sound technician, and both he and Kelly are an important part of the music scene in New Jersey.
So, as we do whenever something of this magnitude happens to one of our own, we come together to raise funds and make this incident just a little bit more bearable for those who need our help. The Stone Pony is kicking in with the bar, and the local community is adding their musical talents to the mix. As of this writing, performers such as Eddie Testa & The Big Road All-Star Band, Sandy Mack & Friends, Matt Witte, Last Perfect Thing, John Eddie, Colossal Street Jam and Tony Tedesco have chipped in to lend a hand. DJ Lee Mrwocki will also be spinning throughout the event.
There is also a GoFundMe page set up for Kelly and as of this writing it has raised over $10,000 with continued donations pouring in to reach the $25,000 mark. The address for that page is www.gofundme.com/HelpingHand4Kelly and any amount donated is appreciated.
In the meantime, Kelly is fighting the good fight and remaining positive and is an inspiration to others with the grace in which she’s dealing with her situation.
Kelly had this to say about recent events and the large outpouring of help on GoFundMe and beyond: “I am truly blessed. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your prayers, words of encouragement, friendship, and donations of all denominations from the named to the anonymous. I went from freaking out about my long journey of healthcare and treatments and not being in control of anything to feelings of gratefulness, relief and being ever so thankful and feeling the love and support of all of you. It will be a long road ahead with chemo, radiation, and more surgeries, but I can face this battle with the support of my family and friends behind me. Thank you, Renée, one of my guardian angels for setting this up, something I would never have done because I am a proud, independent woman, but even I must admit I can not battle this alone. Thank you all so much for everything! John and I can not thank you enough.”
Doors are at 3 p.m., and the suggested donation is $20. This is an all-ages show, 21 to drink (in bar area). For more information on this special fundraising show at The Stone Pony, please head over to www.thestoneponyonline.com and get the updated list of performers gracing the stage on Sunday, Dec. 13. You can also follow along at the event Facebook page over at www.facebook.com/events/1509666119333931/.
Rock On Radio Announces 7th Annual Christmas Spectacular
Rock On Radio creator and host Danny Coleman, in conjunction with 40 Foot Hole Studios and The Murray Grove Retreat & Renewal Center, has announced the date of the 7th Annual Rock On Radio Christmas Spectacular.
Sunday, Dec. 20, at 9 p.m. EST, the tradition continues as Rock On Radio expands to its once-a-year, three-hour format; ringing in the holiday season with a cavalcade of local and not so local musical guests live from The Murray Grove Retreat & Renewal Center located at 431 N. Main St. (Rte. 9) @ Church Lane in Lanoka Harbor, NJ and broadcast live on www.40footholestudio.com.
The Christmas Spectacular features live performances and interviews as well as the airing of recorded original and re-done covers of Christmas classics submitted by artists from all over the globe. Spontaneity is the word of the evening as one never knows what collaborations can or will spring up as musicians, many meeting for the first time, come together and perform unrehearsed and unscripted.
Past appearances included current Joan Jett and Gary U.S. Bonds’ bassist Hal Selzer, Lisa Bouchelle, Cook Smith, John Alberici, Sofia Nicole (SOF) and multiple other prominent Jersey Shore area musicians.
The Murray Grove Retreat & Renewal Center has put together an overnight “Bed and Breakfast Package”; for just $35, those who desire may stay on grounds and will be treated to a continental breakfast the next morning.
For more information, please contact Danny Coleman at Rockonradio1460@hotmail.com. Additional links: www.Facebook.com/Dannycolemansrockonradio2 www.40footholestudio.com and www.murraygrove.org
Wounded Knee Skateboards Raffle
Shore resident and music scene supporter Kate Catinella has always been at the forefront when it comes to supporting viable projects in and around New Jersey. She’s been a member of Surfrider Foundation’s Jersey Shore Chapter since 2009 and has served as a board member for two years with the title of “Event Coordinator” in charge of fundraisers to promote the goals and values of this coastal environmental group and promoting membership. Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to helping save our waves, oceans and beaches while preserving the delicate ecological balance of our Northeast coast. Kate has been a supporter of Native American culture throughout the years and has donated her time and dollars to help support their goals and needs.
She is also a supporter and active member of the Deaf Community for several years where she at one time served as promoter for the New Jersey Association of the Deaf upon their invitation. She has taken part in their bi-annual convention and has obtained endorsements from local politicians, including the governor who attended and gave the keynote speech.
Her latest undertaking is with The Strong Hold Society and Wounded Knee Skateboards out in South Dakota. Skateboarding saves lives for the majority of Lakota youth living on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.
Skateboarding is a call to action to support and encourage Lakota Native American youth to find hope and promote healthy and happy mind, body and spirit. By incorporating artistic achievement, social change, innovation, education and healthy way of life outlooks, it ensures a higher quality of life for all the youth.
Wounded Knee Skateboards, Inc. provides skateboards for the Lakota youth as well as supporting costs for skateboard competitions and artwork for the Wounded Knee Four Directions skateboard park located on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.
Raffle tickets are $10 each for a chance to win a Wounded Knee Skateboard. All proceeds to be donated to the Wounded Knee Skateboards, Inc. to provide skateboards and help save lives through the medium of skateboarding.
Two Wounded Knee Skateboards will be raffled. One winning ticket will be drawn on two separate occasions. This Dec. 22 will be the first, followed by the next in February of 2016. Key supporters of the movement are Jeff Ament and Pearl Jam, PJ10 Club, Vans Steve Vandoren and Chris Overholser, Tony Hawk Foundation, Miki Vuckovich, Chris Saaca and Ben Harper.
For raffle purchase and information, please contact Kate at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook. For more information on the raffle and the cause, go to www.woundedkneeskateboards.net or www.strongholdsociety.org.