2014-02-28 / Community

Whale Of A Night

By Dan Guarino


Squid plays to a large crowd at the Whale-a-palooza benefit at the Irish Circle Pub. Photos by Dan Guarino Squid plays to a large crowd at the Whale-a-palooza benefit at the Irish Circle Pub. Photos by Dan Guarino Neither hurricane nor snow storm, it seems, can keep a good whale down.

Whale-a-palooza, a musical benefit to raise awareness and raise funds for a new “Whalemina” for the Rockaways, went off as scheduled on Saturday, February 15th, at the Irish Circle.

The beloved sculptured whale was washed out to sea during Hurricane Sandy.

“We had a great time even though Mother Nature wasn't very nice!” said co-organizer Michael Benedetto.

Despite a heavy snow, the event had a good turn out and the enthusiastic audience enjoyed a great night.

“That being said, the focus was more so on the introduction of our organization (Projects of Peace) as well as the Rockaway whale project to the local communities,” Benedetto added.

Musical guests included Frank Persico, The Fog, Squid, Mr. Big Deal, Grim Pickens, Walker and the Brotherhood of the Grape, and Rattrap Bumpkin.


Artist Geoff Rawling paints fanciful portraits of Rockaway’s now gone Whalemina. The original works were raffled later in the evening. Artist Geoff Rawling paints fanciful portraits of Rockaway’s now gone Whalemina. The original works were raffled later in the evening. Benedetto and Projects of Peace cofounder Matt Schilling will shortly be announcing a large scale raffle to further raise funds.



Projects of Peace co-founders Mike Benedetto (center) and Matt Schilling (right) cheerfully accept donations. Projects of Peace co-founders Mike Benedetto (center) and Matt Schilling (right) cheerfully accept donations.

Mr. Big Deal rocks the house. Mr. Big Deal rocks the house.

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