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Matawan's Kenny Simmons Leads March 26 YCares Fundraiser

A benefit concert will be held on March 26 from 7-10 p.m., at the Matawan Municipal Complex Gymnasium, 201 Broad Street, Matawan.

Kenny Simmons, lead singer of The Infernos Band, is organizing a concert on March 26 to benefit children and families at The Community YMCA.
Kenny Simmons, lead singer of The Infernos Band, is organizing a concert on March 26 to benefit children and families at The Community YMCA.

Kenny Simmons could be considered a celebrity, being that he performed with three-time Grammy winning group, The Commodores.  But he is better known locally as a Matawan resident, member of The Community YMCA Board and someone who believes all children deserve the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive through Y programs. With this in mind, Simmons approached the Y with a plan for a benefit concert to raise $10,000 to provide scholarships for childcare, summer camp and preschool. The concert will be held on March 26 from 7-10 p.m., at the Matawan Municipal Complex Gymnasium, 201 Broad Street, Matawan.

Simmons was inspired to support childcare programs when a close friend of his, a recently single mom, was able to find support and care for her son through enrolling at the Y. After witnessing the Y’s dedication to families, Simmons wanted to find a way to help nurture the potential of children, while easing the burden of childcare costs.

Through his company Phoenix Atlantis Entertainment and support from The Infernos, America’s #1 Show Band, Simmons came up with an idea to host the benefit concert. Simmons is the lead singer of The Infernos, founded by Bobby Wells in 1977.  The band has performed for President Barack Obama, New Jersey governors and for audiences across New Jersey and around the world.

Proceeds from the concert will support The Community YMCA’s YCares financial assistance program, which provides needs-based scholarships for Y programs and services.

Concert tickets are now available for $25 for adults ($30 at the door), and $15 for children ages 12 to 18. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the Y at 201 Broad Street in Matawan or by phone at 732.566.9266. Free babysitting will be available for children ages 2 ½ to 12. The event is generously sponsored by Sansone Auto Mall and Phoenix Atlantis Entertainment.

About The Community YMCA

The Y is a leading nonprofit charity that strengthens communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Community YMCA serves more than 20,000 residents in greater Monmouth County through programs such as: preschool, before and after school care, health and wellness, leadership, arts enrichment, personal and family counseling and summer day camp. With a mission to serve all, more than $660,000  in reduced and free membership fees and programs is provided by the YCares financial assistance program to individuals and families in need. For more information, visit TheCommunityYMCA.org.

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rosemary conte March 23, 2014 at 01:14 PM
This is a wonderful development. It's good that Matawan recognizes the talent resources in the community to make things happen. Once again, as an singer/entertainer myself, I would like the public to know that it is in the nature of artists to both initiate and support programs that the benefit a public in need. Kenny Simmons will deliver a great show for a good cause.

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