Just Cause Foundation will host the first-ever “Karaoke for a Cause” charity event, benefiting New Jersey AIDS Services (NJAS), from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20, at the Side Bar, which is connected to the Famished Frog restaurant located at 18 Washington Street in Morristown.
There is a $5 cover donation at the door, along with a $1 donation for every song you sing. All proceeds of 50/50’s and basket drawings will go towards NJAS as well. The bar will offer drink specials for the night, and all guests must be 21 to enter. Sponsors include Jersey Club Sports, Points Sports Health and The Famished Frog’s Side Bar .
Just Cause Foundation chose to support NJAS after hearing the story of its youngest board member and current Army Staff Sergeant, Brian Capo, who lost his mother to HIV/AIDS. Capo was just 8 years old when he learned his mother was diagnosed with HIV. NJAS specifically helped him when his mother used NJAS’ resources to get him out of the NYC foster care system. “I would not be who or where I am today without NJAS. ‘Karaoke for a Cause’ is a creative way to raise awareness about the HIV/AIDS crisis in New Jersey, while having a lot of fun at the same time!” remarks Capo. “I see it as a benchmark event for other similar organizations to follow.”
Jenna Rocca, who is spearheading the karaoke fundraiser under her Just CauseFoundation banner and would like to raise $1,000 from the evening, says, “I look to support a variety of causes, but local charities need the most help, especially during these tough economic times. I hope this is just the first of many other charity-driven events for community-based organizations to come.”
“Community service and giving back have always been important aspects of my life. I’m so grateful to all my sponsors, friends and family—without them, this event wouldn’t be possible, ” she added.
Rocca’s efforts, in fact, have inspired others to also help NJAS. Her boss and triathlete-in-training, Thomas Hofstetter, chose NJAS as one of the three charities he’s raising money for through his next race in May. Donations can be made at his fundraising page: http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/Hofstetter/nj-aids-services.
For more information on “Karaoke for a Cause”, visit the event page on Facebook, or contact Jenna Rocca directly at JennaRocca1@gmail.com.
NJAS’ mission is to respond compassionately and responsibly to the HIV/AIDS crisis by providing supportive services, housing opportunities, prevention strategies and community education in New Jersey. Its vision is to help create a community where the social issues related to HIV/AIDS are abundantly met. To learn more about NJAS or to donate, visit: www.theericjohnsonhouse.org.