2002-09-07 / Community

Chamber Sets Memorial Concert

Chamber Sets Memorial Concert

Soundsations Music, operated by DJ Ken "Kojak" Rappaport (an alumnus of Far Rockaway High School), in collaboration with the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce (Rockaway Partnership) announced plans today to host a Gala music and entertainment benefit concert on Saturday, October 5, at 7 p.m. This event will serve as a major fundraiser for the art installation that will stand as a tribute to the residents of Rockaway lost in the World Trade Center attack. The installation will be a focal point of the new Jamaica Bay waterfront park at Beach 116 Street and Jamaica Bay (Groundbreaking for the park site is scheduled for September 17 at 6 p.m. at Beach 116 Street and Jamaica Bay).

Entertainment lined up for this sure to be a sell-out event includes: Rockaway’s own Gerald Bair, singer, impersonator Barry Feterman (a graduate of F.R.H.S.), Jerry Delmonico – "Sinatra & Friends", "Sweet Sound Band" – featuring music from the 40’s to the 80’s, rock band "Mantra", 13-year old singing sensation Erica Melore, the "Streethearts" and "Broadway"- female and male acapella singers, singers Dr. Stuart Rappaport & Barbara Silverman (graduates of F.R.H.S.) barbershop quartet "Meshugga Daddies", HBO comic Michelle Balan, rhythm and blues group "King Pin", and the now-famous New York City firefighter soloist Bill Gleason.

The concert will be held at Beach Channel High School and tickets are $10 per person in advance and $15 at the door. Raffles and refreshments will be available. Since seating is limited, be sure to pick up your tickets for the show in advance at West End Realty, The Wave Publishing, East End Realty, RDRC, the Sunset Diner and the office of the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways at 253 Beach 116 Street.

Already included as sponsors for this community benefit are Waldbaums, Pathmark, and Legend Pharmacies. All proceeds raised at the concert will go toward the Rockaway Partnership’s "Tribute Park" fund maintained by the Rockaway Chamber. Look for upcoming flyers and posters that will be distributed widely throughout the entire Rockaway peninsula. For further information, please contact the Chamber of Commerce.

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