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Boardwalk Resounds with Live Music during Belmar Cares Benefit Concert

As the early-evening sun shined through the Taylor Pavilion's large oceanfront windows, the Atlantic Wind Ensemble performs for a packed audience during a benefit concert for Belmar Cares. Credits: Cathy Goetz
Belmar Cares member Kyle Rizzitello, whose husband Daniel Laing plays the tuba in the ensemble, asks the musicians to hold up their instruments in a “Name that Instrument” raffle game with attendees. Credits: Cathy Goetz

BELMAR, NJ — The big and bold sounds of the Atlantic Wind Ensemble filled the new Taylor Pavilion during its annual Belmar Cares benefit concert.

More than 150 people gathered on May 15 at the boardwalk pavilion for the concert, held in its main room overlooking the oceanfront skyline. As the early-evening sun shined through the room’s large windows, they enjoyed the performance by the 40-member band, led by conductor Dennis Eschbach.

In its eighth year, the concert is the largest fundraiser for the Belmar Cares breast cancer support group, which offers outreach to women with breast cancer and other cancers.

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Group founder Claire Deicke told attendees that donations raised through this year’s event will benefit Mary’s Place by the Sea, a respite home in Ocean Grove for women who are receiving treatment for cancer, and Breast Intentions, a Middletown-based charity dedicated to helping women and their families who are facing financial hardship as they battle breast cancer.

Under the direction of Eschbach and conductor emeritus Harry D. Eichhorn, the highly respected ensemble’s volunteer musicians travel from throughout the state to provide concerts in Monmouth and Ocean counties. On Saturday, May 27 at 8 p.m., the group will kick off the 148th season at the Ocean Grove Great Auditorium with a recital of popular patriotic tunes American classics and a special salute to the Armed Forces for Memorial Day.


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