(ASBURY PARK, NJ) - The Light of Day Foundation presents Shine A Light - a streaming musical event in support of Asbury Park Dinner Table on Sunday, November 22. Johnny Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls, Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers, Jim Babjak of The Smithereens, The Weeklings, John Easdale of Dramarama, Joe D'Urso & Stone Caravan, James Maddock, Richard Barone of The Bongos, Ben Arnold, Emily Grove, Matt & Eryn O'Ree, Billy Hector, and Danielia Cotton are among the 19 artists scheduled to perform.
The world seems to change on an hourly basis, but there is at least one thing that remains constant: When help is needed, Light of Day's musical family is always there to lend a hand — and a tune.
The non-profit organization is dedicated to helping Asbury Park's dining industry — a key component of the town's stunning rebirth as a leisure and entertainment destination — which has been severely affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and to helping local residents who are experiencing food insecurity as the pandemic rages. The concept behind APDT is that donations it receives are spent at local eateries to purchase meals for those in need.
"As winter approaches, The Light of Day Foundation shines its light on the growing issue of food insecurity during the Covid crisis in an effort to raise money and awareness to support its spiritual hometown and the great work of Asbury Park Dinner Table," said Tony Pallagrosi, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Light of Day Foundation.
The event will formally kick off right before 11:00am as Tom Cunningham, host of the Jersey Shore Sunday morning radio institution Springsteen on Sunday on 107.1 “The Boss,” will “shine a light” on the presentation and direct his listeners to Light of Day's YouTube channel and Facebook page.
Viewers can also join the APDT Watch Party online.
This very special event is being staged by the Asbury Park-based Light of Day Foundation (LOD), whose annual January-long concert series in support of Parkinson's Disease research and treatment have been a Jersey staple for more than two decades. “As winter approaches and the issue of food insecurity during this COVID crisis grows, The Light of Day Foundation will ‘shine its light' in an effort to raise money and awareness to support its spiritual hometown and the great work of Asbury Park Dinner Table,” said Tony Pallagrosi, LOD's executive director and co-founder.
“The Asbury Park Dinner Table is honored to have the Light of Day Foundation “shine a light” on us as we now face the Winter months, which normally are stark in Asbury Park, but now are at a crisis stage with the addition of the pandemic. We also thank and appreciate the artists donating their time and talent to this concert fundraiser in the Asbury Park community spirit that many of us know is something very special,” added Allison Kolarik, co-founder, Asbury Park Dinner Table.
The complete list of performers for Shine A Light include Johnny Rzeznik (Goo Goo Dolls), Jim Babjak of The Smithereens, Brian Dunne, Lisa Bouchelle, Matt & Eryn O'Ree, Danielia Cotton, Williams Honor, Richard Barone (The Bongos), Peter Elkas, Ben Arnold, Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers, John Easdale (Dramarama), Emily Grove, James Maddock, Scott Elk & Kyle Ward, Bobby Mahoney, Billy Hector, The Weeklings, and Joe D'Urso & Stone Caravan.