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Sean Reilly Traumatic Brain Injury Fund to Host Rock 'n' Roll Fundraiser

Fund president, Bill Reilly, looks over the charity's latest purchase - a handicapped accessible transport vehicle.  This crucial lifeline makes home visits and family outings possible for TBI patients.
Sean Reilly is shown here in an August, 2003 photo. Credits:

SUMMIT, NJ - The Sean Reilly Traumatic Brain Injury Fund will host its "Rock 'n' Roll Extravaganza" March 8 at the Summit Elks Lodge.  The evening gets underway beginning at 7 p.m.

This casual night of music and dancing will feature the band "Carnaby Street" performing the sounds of the British Invasion, and include a buffet dinner, soda, beer and wine, plus a live auction.  All proceeds will benefit New Jersey victims of traumatic brain injuries and their families.

Sean Reilly died on January 27, 2009, at the age of 25, from complications related to Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) that he had suffered nearly five years earlier while studying abroad.  Reilly was a Finance major at Fairfield University and a 2001 graduate of Summit High School.

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At his funeral service, Reilly's brother Brendan gave those in attendance a sense of who Sean was by saying, "Sean was a confident, good looking, bright, and talented young man.  You could always find him as part of a good crowd, he was extremely popular and extroverted, but despite these social tendencies, he never allowed any one person to deter his opinions or his ideas.  He was strong-willed and a formidable young man."

Sean’s Fund is dedicated to improving the daily quality of life for New Jersey victims of Traumatic Brain Injury (“TBI”) and their families.  Sean’s Fund focuses especially on providing assistance to patients and the families of those diagnosed as minimally conscious or in a persistent vegetative state, whose needs in rehabilitation facilities and nursing homes are often unmet by existing brain injury resources.
Recently, the New Jersey Traumatic Brain Injury Fund curtailed its funding for many supports and services.  Similarly, Medicare and Medicaid funding are making significant cuts in benefits and coverage.

Sean’s Fund aims to help bridge the gap between this growing need and limited funds.  The giving mission of the Fund emphasizes helping those TBI needs and causes that may escape the attention of other funds and resources.

Tickets are priced at $75 and $50 for the under 30 crowd.  To purchase tickets, make a donation or to learn more about the Fund's work and mission, visit or call 732 / 829-3598.  The Summit Elks Lodge is located a 40 Maple Street.  

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