“ATCO VS. ALZHEIMERS” BENEFIT TO FEATURE LOCAL BANDS & ENTERTAINMENT
7/9/2013 1:05:00 PM
Many of us have been touched by Alzheimer's disease. Some of my friends in Atco are banding together, literally, to raise money to help fund research.
Music and magic will join forces for one special day at “Atco vs. Alzheimers,” a benefit concert and performance to raise money for Alzehimer’s research. Three bands based in Atco, NJ., as well as magician Richie B., will come together on Sunday, Aug. 11, from noon to 4 p.m., at Racks Restaurant and Sports Bar, located at 286 White Horse Pike in Atco.
Each of the three bands – Goodman Fiske, Shut Up Justice and Triple Dog Dare – have members who live in Atco. Additionally, magician Richie B, who will kick off the day’s entertainment, also is an Atco resident.
“Alzheimer’s is a disease that has personally touched myself and another member of our band,” said Rich Bradley, event organizer and drummer for Triple Dog Dare. “We were discussing ways that we could help raise money to help find a cure for the disease, and came up with this event.”
The idea to stage a benefit show went from a concept to reality very quickly.
“That’s one of the advantages of living in a small town like Atco,” Bradley said. “All of the bands know each other, Richie B. is a neighbor and personal friend. Entertainers are generally very willing to help out, especially if there is a personal connection to the charity. Everyone agreed to help out as soon as they heard the idea. The staff and management at Racks were really supportive of entire concept, especially since it has such a great local feel to it. All told, it took less than a week to get everyone on board.”
Each band will play at least 45 minutes, while Richie B. will entertain before the bands, and during breaks.
In addition to the bands, there will be a Chinese auction and other fundraisers going on throughout the afternoon to raise money and awareness for Alzheimer’s.
The event is open to all ages.
12:10-12:30 The Magic of Richie B
12:45-1:30 Triple Dog Dare
1:45-2:45 Shut Up Justice
3:00-4:00 Goodman Fiske