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.