FANWOOD, NJ -- The show must go on... Rockin’ For Autism will happen, no matter what.
That’s the loud-and-clear message from concert organizers, announcing the signature fundraiser for autism awareness month will now be broadcasted online next Saturday, April 25, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. As usual, Rockin’ for Autism promises a fun-filled event of live music, and is hoping that many will open their hearts and wallets to support the cause.
Once again, money raised will support the terrific work of Autism New Jersey. There will also be a donation to the Front Line Appreciation Group (FLAG) -- Scotch Plains-Fanwood chapter to support emergency responders.
“We at Rockin’ for Autism are sending our support and love to the men and women on the front lines of the pandemic,” explained Jeff Banks, co-chair of the event. “We are offering a great lineup of entertainment when we all need it the most. There’s no obligation to donate, especially if you can't at the moment, but all proceeds are going to vital charities that serve our community.”
You can watch the music festival on the Rockin’ for Autism Facebook Live page, www.rockin4autism.org, Comcast Channel 35, or Verizon FIOS Channel 24.
Donations can be made to Rockin' for Autism / Autism NJ at https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/rockin-for-autism-2020. You are also urged to send money directly to FLAG (Front Line Appreciation Group, SPF Chapter) at https://www.gofundme.com/f/flag-of-spf
Rockin’ for Autism is proud to announce the line-up of local stars who are donating their time and energy to this event:
- Glenn Stuart of the B Street Band
- Craig Kiell of Unforgettable Fire
- Eric Harrison
- Frank Castucci of Velvet Jones
- Jammin Jenn
- Patrick Bamburak
- Matt Levine
- Sami Gootman, and more...
Since the festival began, more than $72,000 has been raised for autism research.
Rockin’ For Autism is the brainchild of 18-year-old Fanwood resident Mallory Banks, an Autism Awareness Junior Ambassador for the past nine years. In 2018 and 2019, Rockin’ For Autism was named the top autism awareness fundraiser for Autism New Jersey.
“As a senior at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, I'm sad that we can't do my last Rockin' for Autism at LaGrande Park in Fanwood, where we have always held it,” Mallory said. “But the fact that we can at least do something virtually means a lot to me."
About Rockin’ For Autism
Rockin’ For Autism is an annual music festival dedicated to raising awareness and funds for Autism New Jersey, the largest statewide network of parents and professionals dedicated to improving lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Since its inception in 2015, the Rockin’ For Autism Music Festival has raised more than $72,000 for autism-related services and programming. Please visit us on Facebook or www.rockin4autism.org, and follow us on Instagram (@Rockin_for_Autism)