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Posted 6/16/2014 7:00:00 PM

For the second consecutive year, local entertainers will join forces for one special day at “Atco vs. Alzheimer's: Round Two,” a benefit concert and performance to raise money for Alzheimer’s research, care and support services. Five bands, as well as comedian Tim Grill, will come together on Sunday, June 22, from noon to 6 p.m., at Racks Restaurant and Sports Bar, located at 286 White Horse Pike in Atco, New Jersey.

The bands featured in the day’s entertainment include The Blitz, Goodman Fiske, Shut Up Justice, Triple Dog Dare, and Mark Evans, formerly of Heavens Edge. Tickets are $25 and available at They will also be available at the event. Proceeds benefit the Alzheimer's Association Delaware Valley Chapter, which serves Delaware, South Jersey and Southeastern Pennsylvania.

“Alzheimer’s is a disease that has personally touched me 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.”

According to Bradley, the most difficult part of the event was deciding the lineup, since so many bands volunteered to participate, including Goodman Fiske, Shut Up Justice and Triple Dog Dare -- groups that performed in last year’s event as well.

“The local music community has been tremendously supportive,” Bradley said. “Everyone I’ve told about the event has volunteered to play or help out in some way. Both Goodman Fiske and Shut Up Justice were really enthusiastic about playing again this year. The Blitz asked if they could be involved, which was a great surprise and an honor to be able to include them. I grew up with both Mark and Tim in Northeast Philly, and they were on board as soon as I told them about it.”

Bradley expects “Atco vs. Alzheimers: Round Two” to raise at least $5,000 – more than the $2,000 raised at last year's show.

“We are so appreciative of these band members, who've all chosen to donate their musical talent for an entire day,” said Linda Coppinger, Executive Director South Jersey for the Alzheimer's Association Delaware Valley Chapter. “Their efforts will help fund research, as well as the programs and services we offer to as many as 85,000 South Jerseyans who are affected by dementia. The difference their support is making cannot be overstated.”

In addition to the bands, chances for gift baskets and other fundraisers will take place throughout the afternoon to raise additional money for the cause.

Alzheimer’s, a degenerative brain disease, is the most common form of dementia, and the United States' sixth-leading cause of death. It affects more than five million people nationwide and is the only one of the top-ten deadliest diseases that has no cure, no way to prevent it or even slow its progression.

“We’re expecting a fantastic turnout for this show, but more importantly we want to make people aware and educate them about Alzheimer’s, and the effect the disease can have – not just on the person who has it but the entire family as well,” Bradley said. “If we can do that, and hopefully raise a lot of money in the process, then the day will have to be considered a success.”

The event is open to all ages.

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