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Editorial: A Kid Who Shows Adults How It’s Done

You’ve read about him in two Anton Newspaper publications and have seen him on TV. At the forefront of many charitable enterprises, J.P. Iacona has become quite the philanthropist in his early years and shows no signs of slowing down.

Last year, Iacona donated $4,800 to America’s VetDogs at his birthday party at the American Legion Hall of Post 1033. He set and shattered a goal in January to raise $2,000 by his twelfth birthday on May 13, 2011.

Iacona donated a check for $4,500 on his birthday. He donated an extra $300 the following week. The young Elmont resident is at it again, but this time, he intends to rock out for charity and give people a chance for good food and music at the same time.

Iacona and his charity group Rock Out For Cures Inc. will present “Rock V,” a live band extravaganza at the Plattduetsche Park Biergarten on Hempstead Turnpike in Franklin Square on Saturday, Sept. 22. Gates open at 3 p.m., rain or shine. Adults: $20, children under 18 are free. Tickets are available at

Raffles, great German food and beverages will be available. Live performances from Exit Verona, Guilty Pleasures, Hat Trick and Modern Justice. Proceeds will benefit Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, American Cancer Society, America’s VetDogs, National Multiple Sclerosis Society of Long Island and the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network.