Friday, 09 April 2010 00:00
As Autism affects more and more families every year, one group of high schoolers has decided to help raise money and awareness for the disorder.
On April 24, “Rock Out Autism” benefit will be held at the Nutty Irishman in Farmingdale to raise money for people suffering from Autism.
Bethpage resident, Rafe Tangorra, a 17-year-old student at Kellenberg Memorial High School, organized the rock-n-roll concert last year with a committee of his friends to help children with autism.
“It all started with one person who first touched my life and caused me to improve as a person,” Tangorra said. “I had begun volunteering at the Center for Autism. There, I mentored kids with autism through music by playing for them and teaching them guitar and drums. Seeing their smiles gave me the greatest reward I have ever received. I later learned that one boy, was so inspired that he pleaded with his parents for a guitar and lessons. Over time, this boy came to my band’s shows and was familiar with all our songs. Recently, his dad emailed me that I had inspired his son’s dream to be a “rock star”. He asked if sometime his son could play a song with my band. To make this boy’s dream come true, I invited him to open with my band at our biggest show of the year, “Rock Out Autism,” where he will play in front of 750 screaming fans and make his dream a reality.”
Tangorra took the inspiration he got from those kids and put it into creating the event to benefit kids with autism.
Enjoy a day of great music and camaraderie as every penny of ticket sales, T-shirts, wristbands and hat sales and sponsorship, will go to the Fay J. Lindner Center for Autism, which provides services for children and adults.
Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.
Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and the show starts at 2 p.m.
This is the second year the event is being held and last year’s event was a huge success, raising over $12,000, selling not only 500 tickets in advance but also additional tickets at the door.
Some of the bands that will perform at the event include Rockin’ The Paradise, fiZ, Kelsey McCabe, Chasing Fiction, Nick Tangorra, and Revival.
“We really could use your help as we are trying to help the families of fellow Long Islanders,” said Tangorra, the event chairman. “With the high rate of autism, you probably know someone coping with it; a neighbor, a friend- maybe even someone in your own family. So be a sponsor, help promote the event, come and join us on April 24 and come rock out. Make this a rockin’ Long Island family event. Together we can make a difference.”