Arts & Entertainment

Rock For a Ride – for Bri at KC’s Korner


SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - This Sunday September 20th from 3pm-8pm, South Plainfield’s KC’s Korner at 100 Oak Tree Road will host Rock For A Ride, a fundraiser to benefit 6-year-old Brianna Feeney, who has Pallister Killian Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that leaves her blind and unable to walk or talk.  

The event will feature Mötley Crüe Tribute Band Sixx Seconds to Mars and Country Rock Band WolfCreek.  Besides incredible music, the fundraiser will have a silent auction, 50/50, face painting, food and much more.  Entry is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12-years-old.  Everything raised will go directly towards the purchase of a handicap accessible vehicle to transport Brianna safely.

Paul Fessock, Owner of World of Rock in Summit, NJ, and host of children’s television show “Mr. Socks’ World of Rock,” came up with the idea of Rock For A Ride.  Fessock’s band Amp’d rocks Spring Lake Park every year before the South Plainfield Labor Day Fireworks.  Fessock said, “Sixx Seconds to Mars is a fun side project of mine.  I love Mötley Crüe so I thought a performance would be a great way to help.”  He added, “When someone from South Plainfield needs help, the town steps up and music is so powerful!”

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The event will take place mostly outdoors behind newly renovated KC’s Korner.  With a beautiful new patio and tasty additions to the dining menu, the restaurant is the perfect place for this family friendly event.  KC’s Korner Owner Walter Kurilew said, “It’s great to be involved in such a wonderful community, who is always willing to give back.  Myself, along with the staff at KC’s Korner, are excited to help support Brianna and her family in any way we can.  We’re looking forward to Rock For A Ride!”  

Including himself, Fessock said four members of Sixx Seconds to Mars are originally from South Plainfield - Dave Nissel, Alyssa Innes and Anthony Cerillo.  They will return to their hometown for this very special performance.  Country Rock Band WolfCreek featuring Ben Lobrace will also perform.

Brianna was born with an extremely rare genetic disorder called Pallister Killian Syndrome.  Only about 250 people have been diagnosed with PKS in the entire world and there is no known cause.  As a result, she can only see light and cannot crawl or walk.  She is also non-verbal, but communicates through smiles, laughs and sometimes cries, but is a beautiful child with a wonderful disposition. 

Brianna’s mother, Patricia Feeney said, “Brianna is an amazing child, who has given me the gift of true appreciation for everyone and everything I have in my life.  She lives each moment as it comes and loves those around her without any conditions.” 

This event is one of many successful fundraising efforts to help Brianna’s family purchase a handicap accessible van.  Wheels for Bri 5k and Family Fun Run, Wheeling for Bri Wheelchair Basketball Games, along with numerous contributions from South Plainfield organizations and schools have raised over $40,000 of the $65,000 needed to purchase the van.

Feeney added, “Brianna is a beautiful example of pure genuine love.  And I am so grateful to have such a wonderful community who loves her just as much as I do!”

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