Attending a Benefit to Raise Money and Awareness for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)

Last night I attended the 4th annual Sound Success For ALS benefit show on Long Island. There were lots of great performances throughout the evening. Folk music legend Maura Kennedy performed a set which was then followed up by The Roast Beef Curtains, who switched it up with their hybrid of reggae and rock music. The 3rd act was Nelson Klondike who played some classic rock for the crowd. The lead vocalist for Klondike is Lex Marchesi who was lead vocalist for the 1970s group, Fotomaker. This newly assembled group actually made their live debut at Sound Success For ALS, which was pretty cool, and I know the feeling!

Finally, I made my way to the stage to share some encouraging words in the fight to find effective treatments and (hopefully) a cure for ALS – also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Having lost a family member to ALS, I am personally aware of the devastating effects of this debilitating disease. For this reason, ALS fundraisers are so incredibly important!

We gifted everyone at the ALS benefit with copies of my new EP Me Time and I stayed to chat with all of the guests, autographing everyone’s Me Time CD and posing for pictures.

There were some other appearances made by Ms. Senior America, Gayle King and TV host and creator of the show Livin It Up, Donna Drake. The Cryers, a classic rock band out of New Jersey, performed their set towards the end of the evening to wind everyone down, and Shannon and her all-star band closed the show. From what I heard, Shannon is famous as the world’s greatest Beatles artist. She is also an accomplished musician with over 1,000 songs written. Her all-star band included drummer Steve Holley from the band Wings; drummer Jon Ehle from Stories; Pete Santora from Beatlemania; and guitarists Bobby Lame, Lou Pucci and Jimmy Mack. The evening also included Grammy winning recording engineer, Dennis Ferrante.

All in all it was a great time and the event proceeds were donated to SUNY Stony Brook University’s Christopher Pendergast ALS Center of Excellence. I want to thank Mick Du Russel (The Showbiz Wizard 🙂 ), editor of, for inviting me to this event. Keep up the great work Mick! xo