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Saturday's Rockin for Autism in Fanwood Will Feature Local Bands

Goodworks Band playing "Living in America."
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Eric Harrison's Crash Course
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Leave the Gun
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The Thingama Jigs
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Goodworks Band
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FANWOOD, NJ -- To commemorate Autism Awareness Month, and raise awareness of and funds for autism related services, Fanwood will host the second annual Rockin’ For Autism on Saturday, April 29, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at LaGrande Park (Rain date April 30). 

This year's event will feature the following scheduled performers:

Additionally, the music festival will feature an obstacle course, merchants, autism workshops, and a tricky tray raffle. The event also coincides with the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Baseball League's Opening Day ceremony, and boasts sports clinics from the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Soccer Association and the Wolves Basketball Academy.

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Rockin’ For Autism is the brainchild of 15-year-old Fanwood resident Mallory Banks, who since 2011 has raised more than $20,000 for Autism New Jersey in honor of her brother, Ethan (age 17), and all those affected by autism spectrum disorder. Mallory ranks among the top kids in New Jersey who raise money for Autism Awareness Month. Last year, the festival raised more than $10,000.

“Last year’s Rockin’ For Autism Music Festival was unbelievable. This year’s festival is going to be even bigger and better than last year’s, and we hope that even more people attend because everyone who comes makes a difference,” Mallory said.

In 2015, Mallory pitched her idea for hosting a music festival in LaGrande Park to Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr, who immediately embraced it. Since then, it has grown thanks to Mallory and her parents, Jeff and Gina Banks, and local government agencies, Fanwood police, and scores of volunteers. 

For more information, visit www.rockin4autism.org.

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