LONG BRANCH, NJ - The public is invited to rock out with the philanthropic "Docs of Rock" on Sunday, April 24th when the ensemble of musical physicians, veterinarians and academics takes to the stage of the Downtown in Red Bank to raise funds for Family & Children's Service (FCS), Monmouth County's oldest private, nonprofit social service agency. Established in 1909, FCS provides more than a dozen different programs and services focused on the needs of multiple at-risk populations, including Adult Protective Services, Community Support Services, Home Care Services, Representative Payee and Volunteer Services.
The Docs of Rock perform popular rock music that spans the decades and appeals to a wide variety of musical tastes and audiences. Founded four years ago by guitarist and former Ranney School Headmaster Dr. Lawrence Sykoff, Ed.D, the group is comprised of musicians who just happen to be doctors, including base player and orthopedic surgeon David Lessing, M.D, drummer and dermatologist Kenneth Grossman, M.D, keyboardist and Interventional Pain Management specialist Scott Woska, M.D., vocalist and veterinarian Kristin Scott, D.V.M. and vocalist Erin Patrick. Sykoff says the band's chief focus is to perform for the benefit of locally-based nonprofit organizations that help improve the lives of others.
"From the very beginning, we have approached our music with a benevolent spirit," Dr. Sykoff says. "Our primary objective is to give back to the community, and to have fun while we're doing it. So far we've raised more than $45,000 for local nonprofits. Our goal this year is to double that number."
FCS Board member Debbie O'Donoghue, who is co-chairing the event with fellow FCS Board member Donna Robinson, says she is grateful for the band's support and encouragement.
"FCS has been around for more than a century, but some people may not be aware of the types of programs and services we offer," Ms. O'Donoghue says. "This is a great way for people to get to know us in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. We invite the community to join us for what promises to be a fun and entertaining night!"
Funds raised for the Docs of Rock performance will directly benefit FCS's holiday gift giving program Operation Sleighbells which last year served more than 1,600 area children and their families. The evening will also include a 50/50 raffle and live auction. A donation of $20 is suggested at the door. For more information, please contact Diane Gribbin at 732-222-9111 ext. 134.