FANWOOD, NJ -- The 5th Annual Rockin’ For Autism went on not as planned in La Grande Park, but virtually on Saturday, April 25. Concert organizers, the Banks family, announced the event will be broadcast online because of social distancing requirements in the state of New Jersey.
The event featuring local musicians, such as Eric Harrison, the first performer, Glenn Stuart of B Street Band, Craig Kiell of Unforgettable Fire, took place from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
This year's fundraiser benefited to organizations: Autism NJ (donate here) and FLAG (Front Line Appreciation Group), which supports local restaurants by purchasing meals and delivering them to healthcare workers and others on the frontline in the battle vs. COVID-19 (donate here). Thus far, Rockin' for Autism has raised $4,200 for Autism NJ and $2,700 for FLAF-SPF.
The event was the brainchild of Mallory Banks, 18-year-old senior at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School and the top Junior Ambassador for Autism NJ in 2019. She has been fundraising for this cause in support of her brother, Ethan who has autism, and during the past 7 years has raised over $70,000 for Autism NJ.
"Our goal is to try to raise more than $20,000 this year," Mallory Banks said. "The money will be going to Autism NJ so that they can continue to fight the battle on Capital Hill and fund programs and services in our state."
For more information about Rockin' for Autism, visit www.rockin4autism.org.