This year marked the Third Annual Harmony for Heroes coffeehouse event at Christian Brothers Academy [CBA] in Lincroft, organized by CBA student Joe Cantatore ’15 and cosponsored by Students Against Destructive Decisions [SADD]. The event, honoring fallen hero Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski II, a former CBA student, supports our troops serving overseas in Afghanistan and elsewhere.
Proceeds from the event will go to purchase: iPods, iTunes cards, and other musical accessories for deployed service men and women.
The CBA Mothers Club generously donated coffee, drinks and baked goods which were served during the evening’s performances. According to the event organizer Student Joe Cantatore, “This event highlights the importance of bringing music to our soldiers. It has always amazed me how much positive impact a single song can mean to an individual.”
Joe also noted that, “Last year, this event was a phenomenal success, raising over $2000 as well as numerous musical accessories that we believe will go a long way to providing peace and solace to our troops.”
The event featured amazing talent as well as a spirit of generosity that was somewhat overwhelming to the Zilinski family.
The evening opened with Lauren and Evan Pelaia, a duet of piano and outstanding vocals that featured incredible harmonies and Top 40 hits.
Student Brian Pell then invited the crowd to sing along as he played his 12-string guitar to accompany popular hits like One by U2 and classics like “Have You Ever Seen the Rain.”
Newcomer and local middle school student Jayde Worthen gave a bold a cappella performance that featured a lovely vibrato, doing songs including a unique compilation of Rhianna’s “Umbrella” and “All Time Low.”
CBA student Andrew Chrepta stepped in to do a solo performance after losing a drummer to an unfortunate injury earlier in the day, devising an entirely new set around his guitar. The crowd enthusiastically sang along with Eric Clapton’s “Layla.” Andrew was was then joined by William Saffaye and Randolph Sinahon for an outstanding set of upbeat songs that featured guitar, mandolin and bass.
Overall, the evening featured an incredibly talented group of young people who showcased not only their star power, but their ability to put their talents to good use in honor of our military.
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