ASBURY PARK, NJ - On Saturday, November 15th, The Asbury Park Musical Heritage Foundation, in collaboration with Lakehouse Music Academy, hosted their “Let the Music Play: Change a Child’s Life” Fundraiser to benefit the new music program at Hope Academy Charter School, also in Asbury Park. This is the second fundraiser they have hosted for this initiative. The first was a block-party style event on Cookman Ave. this past summer, in collaboration with The ShowRoom Cinema.

Over 200 people attended the November 15th event, held at the 5th Avenue Pavilion in Asbury Park, courtesy of Madison Marquette. Marilyn Schlossbach of Langosta Lounge donated food.  The Lakehouse All-Star Band provided live music. The event also featured speeches by Jon Leidersdorff, owner of Lakehouse Music Academy, Tom Gilmour, of the Asbury Park Musical Heritage Foundation, Mrs. DaVisha Pratt, chief school administrator and principal at Hope Academy Charter School, and a video about the initiative, featuring students from Hope Academy. There were many great prizes, including a drum set, Justin Bieber signed guitar and crossFit package.

The event brought in over $15,000, all of which will go towards the continued support of the music program at Hope Academy. The program is taught by instructors from Lakehouse Music Academy and features both regular school-day classes and after-school enrichment for the lower grades. Hope Academy is a k-8th public school of choice in Asbury that overwhelmingly serves a low-income population. The school prides itself on providing innovative programing and hands-on learning opportunities to all students.

Thus far, the program has been an overwhelming success, and the group is looking forward to growing the initiative over time.  Hope Academy CSA, Mrs. Pratt, said: “Having music classes in our building and hearing melodies in our hallways has improved the overall climate at our school. The partnership with Lakehouse has been a wonderful supplement to classroom instruction, tying music to mathematics and language arts and propelling student confidence in their abilities. We are optimistically looking forward to the future of this program.”

The Asbury Park Musical Heritage Foundation, Lakehouse Music Academy and Hope Academy Charter School would like to thank all volunteers, supporters and sponsors, especially Platinum and Gold Sponsors: Madison Marquette, Marilyn Schlossbach, Comcast Spotlight, Eneractive, East Mainstreet Advisors, Lauren Gill of Diane Turton (Spring Lake office), Russo Music, Tom Ruff of Asbury Media, Michael Bain of Party Perfect, Amazing Athletes of New Jersey and McGuire Chiropractic in Matawan.

Donations continue to be accepted for the program and can be sent in name of The Asbury Park Musical Heritage Foundation:  PO. Box 1396, Asbury Park, New Jersey 07712. Also, the group is looking to secure new and/or gently used instruments to enhance the program. If interested in making a tax-deductible instrument donation, please contact Matthew Hockenjos at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.